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LibraryBox - An Introduction



presentation originally given at the NJLA AS Forum in October, 2013

presentation originally given at the NJLA AS Forum in October, 2013



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  • It’s a server. A relatively cheap and easy to use server.
  • It is based on PirateBox and the lead developer of the software is also the lead developer of PirateBox.
  • Yes, the $35 for hardware is often touted, but the reality is that there are more costs, the biggest of course being human capital.
  • The list goes on and on…..

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  • NJLA 2013 Adult Service Forum Chris Murray Cynthia Lambert Somerset County Library System
  • What is LibraryBox?
  • What is LibraryBox?  Digital Content Distribution Tool  Open Source  Created by Jason Griffey   University of Tennessee
  • What is Library Box?  It’s a network that can be discovered by a phone or other wireless device  Does NOT provide Internet Access  Is NOT Pirate Box
  • LibraryBox – How Does it Work?  Build It Yourself  Add Content  Take It With You  Users access the network like any other Access the network, open your browser, launch and webpage – get these slides
  • LibraryBox Costs  $35 for Hardware  18+ Hours Staff Time  FlashDrive  3D Printer Box (optional)  Battery Power (opt.) approx $60 Or pledge $150 or more to Kickstarter Campaign
  • Uses for LibraryBox  4H Fair  Farmer’s Market  Presentation Slides  Empty Store Front
  • More Uses for LibraryBox:  Outreach  Home Bound Delivery  Coffee Shop Reference  In Library  Pathfinders  Readers Advisory Info  IRS Forms  Book Group Support  Video Instructions
  • Even More Uses  PR – take the library to the people….  Board Meetings  Government Funding  Stakeholders 2013 SXSW Festival had LibraryBoxes on pedicabs  Local Business Outreach  Fast & Easy Access to information they need  Show them to use it— Makerspace Project
  • Limitations:  Staff Time  Yet another thing to learn!  Copyright  Public Domain Titles  Electricity  With great power, comes great cost…
  • Additional Information  Recent Press:  Library Journal August 2013  Digital Public Library of America, Sept. 2013  Miskatonic University Press, Sept. 2013  Digital Shift, June, 2013  Most images from or  Slide 7 image property of LibraryCynthia  Slide 11 image from Vilseskogen via flickr
  • Thank You! NJLA 2013 AS Forum Chris Murray, SCLS BWL Branch Cynthia Lambert, SCLS MJL Branch