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September 30 2011

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On my visit to the library this morning, I was supplied with a full history of the institution by its appointed caretaker, Betsy Fagin. A few days ago, Betsy, a trained librarian who lives in Brooklyn, came to the protest for the first time and found a short stack of books lying on the ground where everyone was camped out. She decided to go to one of the organizational meetings for the protests and ask if anyone else thought it would be a good idea to start a proper library. People did. So Betsy posted a sign asking for book, newspaper, and poetry donations. She says that since then protesters, bystanders, and even Wall Streeters have been stopping by the park with stacks of books. Because she doesn’t keep track of who checks out what—the library is on the honor system—she has no idea what the most popular book is. She has seen a couple of people reading Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,” Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” and has noticed that the manga is flying off the shelves.


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oAnth:

this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.

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May 19 2011

March 08 2011

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manystuff.org — Graphic Design daily selection » Blog Archive » Open Books – Perpetual Proposal

Perpetual Proposal
A space and classification system by Fay Nicolson and Oliver Smith for Openbooks

Perpetual Proposal is a system to initiate and record the flow of books within an exhibition as reading room. The Books (selected by Sophie Demay and Charlotte Cheetham) all deal with the form and content of the book as a subject. Being interested in mathematician and librarian S.R. Raganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science*, Fay and Oliver encourage visitors to the exhibition to select books from the peg board display and browse through them at their leisure. Investigating the idea of a reader as both a consumer and (re)producer of knowledge Fay and Oliver ask visitors to select a page using a book mark for our librarian to copy. The rationale behind page selection is left in hands of each reader.

Throughout his/her shift the librarian will copy and index selected pages, binding them into a compendium that will enter the selection of exhibited books each day. These new additions both document the use of, and add to, the collection of exhibited books.

* Raganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science are:
1. BOOKS ARE FOR USE.
2. EVERY READER HIS (OR HER) BOOK.
3. EVERY BOOK ITS READER.
4. SAVE THE TIME OF THE USER
5. THE LIBRARY IS A GROWING ORGANISM

Here is a diagram that charts the proposed flow of books around the space:


March 01 2011

April 19 2010

La Bibliothèque du Congrès archive les tweets

La Bibliothèque du Congrès a annoncé aujourd’hui qu’elle avait acquis les archives de Twitter. Les milliards de tweets postés publiquement depuis le lancement du site de microblogue en 2006 deviendront accessibles à la postérité. L’objectif de la Bibliothèque est de conserver des «traces» d’un certain vécu collectif, dans le but de mieux définir dans le futur, le contexte d’une époque et d’un endroit donné. Actuellement, la Bibliothèque affirme détenir plus de 167 To de données numériques.

@librarycongress

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