extraMUROS and the 21st century image library

  • Alix Reiskind Harvard Graduate School of Design


In 2011, a group of librarians, faculty, programmers and documentarians began developing an open-source HTML5 infrastructure built on public APIs that enables faculty, students, staff and the general public to view, annotate, and remix Harvard-owned digital multimedia collections and to interconnect them with other high-quality digital repositories across the web. This paper tells the story of this project from the librarians’ perspective, describing the work and what was learned.

Author Biography

Alix Reiskind, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Alix Reiskind is the Visual Resources Librarian of the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library. During her 15 years at the Loeb Library she has worked to increase student and faculty use of images, transitioning from analog to digital images. Alix works closely with colleagues across Harvard repositories on Harvard University’s union catalog of visual materials, VIA (Visual Information Access). Alix earned her Masters in Library Science at Simmons College and her Bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in English and Religion. Alix is a member of the Visual Resources Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America, she is currently a Director on the Board of the Visual Resources Association Foundation.