UPEI's Robertson Library gains a Hacker in Residence

Peter Rukavina will be joining the Robertson Library at the University of Prince Edward Island under its visiting scholar program as a 'Hacker in Residence'. What is a Hacker in Residence? Here some are the objectives of the appointment:

  • To bring the spirit and application of the ‘hacker ethic’ to the Robertson Library where the hacker ethic is defined as “access, freedom of information, and improvement to quality of life”
  • 'Open up the API’ - Review of the Library’s Islandora project and its resulting collections and reimagine and explore new ways of presenting the digital content.
  • Work with the Robertson Library to provide feedback and proofs-of-concept on user interface and user experience.
  • Explore how the ‘hacker ethic’ can be applied to libraries in other ways - eg. FabLab, 3D printing, mashups of data and digital content, intersections of technology, information and the individual/community.
  • Engage the university and wider community in various activities that explore ‘hacking’.

To learn more about Peter, visit his website at http://ruk.ca (including this entry about being a Hacker-in-Residence) or follow @ruk on Twitter. Peter is blogging about his activities as Hacker-in-Residence at http://hack.ruk.ca/