LAB-rarians Log | Sound Map

Step 1.  Divide Library into 16 rows 

Step 2.  Assign a note to each row 

Step 3.  Divide into 3 columns

Step 4.  Place 1 resonating laser-sensed speaker in each of 35 zones

Step 5.  Record patterns

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Book Guild

LAB-rarians Log | Day Fifty-five

How can we improve exchange between the Library User and the Reference Librarian?

Real-time Face-to-Face exchange between Library User and Librarian is mediated by the device, without the user having to leave the stacks, or the Librarian her desk.  If the Librarian cannot take the User’s request at the moment, the User may leave a message for or set up an appointment with the Librarian.

Furthermore, the Librarian herself if connect via the device to all other Librarians in her network.  

While maintaining transmission with the User, the Librarian can seek guidance from her colleagues in the network.  If there is someone else who can more aptly answer the User’s needs, the Librarian may connect the User directly with that Librarian, without the User having ever to leave the stacks.

LAB-rarians Log | Day One-hundred Forty-five

There once was a time where the studies of biology and zoology were separate from the studies of botany and horticulture.  At this time, around the 2010’s, experimentation began on two libraries that specialized in such topics.


The Ernst Mayer Library of Zoology was begun by the Agassiz family, in the 19th century.  At the time of this study, it was used primarily by students of evolutionary cellular biology and natural histories.  Their collection contained not only zoology materials, but also many books on geology, geography, and evolution.

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library was also founded in the 19th century, when Charles Sprague Sargent’s extensive personal collection was donated to the library.  In the 21st century, a grand collection, including photographs, photographic plates, maps, architectural drawings, and many books, was utilized primarily by the library staff themselves. 

Though some books did circulate, most did not.  Students of botany, landscape architecture, and related sciences would often visit, as would local residents looking for advice on maintaing their gardens.

The library was more like a museum, and time-natives would say entering its stately reading room felt like ‘walking back in time’.  Researchers quickly abandoned their experimentation so as not to disrupt the precious artifact that was the Horticulture Library.

However, the zoology library was in a sad state and needed rescuing before the extinction of nearly all of the world’s mammals leading to the carnivore’s revolution.


* The following experiment was carried out in accordance with state, local, and university law.  No researchers or animals were harmed *

Looking for a book about ‘Lions’.  Where would it be?  The Floor Plan offers little help.

Searching through the stacks, and still having a difficult time finding information on that which is called the ‘Lion’.  Maybe if I think harder.

Instead, the Lion calls out to me.  

Next I must learn about the Lion’s cousin, the domesticated cat.

Birds and snails beg to be taken off the shelf and out of the drawer.  

I can activate the call of the animal via the updated search function of the card catalog.  Or, I can browse through the stacks, and motion-sensored audio recordings hint at the books I may find on a certain family of animals.