New York Public Library Labs

Based at The New York Public Library's landmark central branch on 42nd Street, NYPL Labs is an experimental design and technology team working to re-imagine The Library for the digital age. Labs developers work closely with librarians and curators to create imaginative tools, apps and experiences around library content and services, often engaging the public directly in the work of improving, organizing or remixing library data.

The Team:

Ben Vershbow is founder and manager of NYPL Labs. Before coming to the Library in 2008, Ben worked for four years with Bob Stein at the Institute for the Future of the Book, a Brooklyn-based think tank investigating networked forms of reading, writing and publishing. Ben originally studied theater at Yale and works as a writer/director/performer around New York, and through his company Group Theory.

Brian Foo is an artist and web developer whose work focuses on multimedia storytelling. His projects include Continuous City which explores imagined landscapes for New York City and Cities of You which envisions people as imaginary cities.

David Riordan does things at the intersection of technology and policy. Also maps. And open access. And robots. He is unsure whether or not he is a member of the data-driven art & music & journalism collective CSV.

Matt Miller is an applications developer at NYPL Labs and visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute. His work revolves around archival access, linked open data, network analysis, and data visualization.

Mauricio Giraldo has spent the last twelve years designing and developing interaction design projects for a wide range of commercial, academic, private and public institutions. Mauricio is an Industrial Designer from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia where he also lectured for six years. He also holds a Master in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University and enjoys playing with code, objects and all things interactive.

Paul Beaudoin has built data tools, websites, and APIs for commercial and cultural entities since 1998. He studied Computer Science at the University of Oregon and University of East Anglia. Paul has been a proud member of NYPL Labs since October 2012 investigating data extraction and transcription.