media & design

Jeff Goldenson
jeffgoldenson [at]
Library License

Inspired by Creative Commons, the Library License LL concept is a way to address lengthy copyright terms. The license allows content producers to designate libraries as an environment for free consumption of their work.

A LL grants libraries non-commercial access to copyrighted material on a defined time horizon. Content producers could add a Library License to the terms of their publishing contracts.

Time-Based Licenses

LL5 12/16/2016
After 5 years, full digital rights are granted to libraries

Performance-based Licenses

LL$ Currently unavailable | inquire?
A dynamic LL tied to sales or other performance-based thresholds


Stack View

Stack View is a library browsing tool. It gives visual clues to the character of the holdings and their frequency of use.

It's been three years and there's still lots to come. Currently, it's live and operational in a small internal release of ShelfLife. Hopefully the doors'll open up soon.

The next couple screens follow the trajectory of this project and suggest what's on the horizon.

Stack View Beginnings

I started this project in 2008 as an Artist-in-Residence at EdLab at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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The pitch prior to the residency

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Some footage by Skye MacLeod of EdLab

Stack View Residency

Edlab provided a great environment to develop this idea. To the right is a navigable, preview map. For the real thing, follow the map link below:

  • One  Big Google Map

  • A 8ft x 36ft photo of ~1500 stitched images

  • Full documention rolled in a  How-To

This is a working map, pan & zoom...

Stack View Open Stacks

The current Stack View visualization works with library catalogs and discards spine images. What if it could work for anybody's library and keep the images?

Open Stacks is a tool to upload your personal library. Think of Open Stacks as a way to turn your camera into a specialized bookcase scanner. Snap a picture, edit the results and you're library's on the web.

Updates will follow here:

Open Stacks

Beat Browser

Beat Browser is a music player for a more fluid browsing experience. It was my Masters Thesis from the Media Lab.

Imagine every song in your music library playing silently. Mousing over album covers "awakens" them like surfing a radio dial.

The Thesis: successfully create the sense of continuously flowing audio while maintaining machine performance. Play the video →

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A media player that's more like a verb


Wink is an ambient timer. At regular intervals, or based on scheduled events, Wink flashes a color inversion of what you're currently seeing. It winks.

Wink brings your awareness to the passage of time without interrupting work flow.

Set Wink to wink every hour to better budget your time. Tie Wink to just your web browser, setting the wink to 15 minute intervals if you're prone to reverie.

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I heard the story of how Ray Bradbury wrote Farenheit 451 at the Library, pumping dimes into the typewriter. It got me thinking of a world where everything is coin-operable.

I decided to make "taking a break" cost during the work day. I wanted to see if I could more tightly couple "cost" & consequence for myself.

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