Is there any screening process for the books? For instance, do you try to include great works of literature, or perhaps focus on more accessible and popular novels?
I want everything and anything. I don't have much of a budget, so all the books are donated from people that live nearby and off my own shelves, so everything from Oprah-approved to Jane Jacobs. And obviously as people leave their own books, I'd want the collection to become a record of the interests of that particular site.
A next site I have in mind is near a public school, and I'm trying to get a good collection of children's books.
This is beautiful. The real human network finding ways to leverage resoruces (love the art angle). This is the "open source" of library organizing. Find extra capacity or resources built into the basic unit then use network production to leverage it.
Where does it go from here?
- Create a common vision on the future of the open library. (The "leave one. take one" network?)
- TXT to sign in an volunteer as a librarian. Text sends reminders. Send photos
- Encourage people to sign the book when they return it so people get a sense of community in the asset.