In 2016 the Library of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law (MPI) launched its Lab for Innovation, Knowledge and Exchange – LIKE.
LIKE is an informal meeting place for librarians to share ideas and knowledge, and to exchange information on leading practices. The library maintains an incubator of ideas, and as ideas mature we collaborate with colleagues, users, IT and technical experts to develop them from concept to implementation. User experience (UX) is very important to us and we encourage our researchers to share their library expectations and experiences and to comment on the topics discussed. We have also had great success organizing brainstorming sessions with our users to discuss library services and the collection. Brainstorming ideas become our blueprint for further development.
One of our LIKE projects focuses on the use of robots in libraries. We tested a robot’s ability to take inventory of the collection. Tory‘s trial runs exceeded expectations and inspired many ideas about future applications for robots in the library.
The workshop will present the inventory test results and a live demonstration of Tory. The results of a recent survey “Robots in Libraries” will be shared and participants will take part in a brainstorming session on the future use of robots in libraries.