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How to build 5 libraries in 2 weeks

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A quick re-cap of the amazing Buy India a Library Project, that ran in early 2010. We crowd-sourced enough money in 2 weeks to build a library in Mysore, as well as some mobile libraries to travel round Africa. The power of social media FTW!

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    • Unbelievably it only costs £1,250 to build, kit out, supply with books and staff a library in India (for TWO YEARS).
      And you can buy a donkey or bicycle drawn
      library to travel around Africa for just £100.
      All of this comes from GoodGifts.org, a
      charitable organisation.
    • We launched a Twitter campaign, aimed at librarians, to try and raise enough cash to do this.
      So many libraries were closing aroundthat time: why not try and open one?
    • Four of us came together to do this. We started a blog in January 2011, and began asking for donations.
    • We gave the whole thing a hashtag:
      #buyalib
    • Between us, we exchanged:
      216 emails
      about the
      project
    • 10
      We wrote:
      blog
      posts
      these were viewed around 2,300 times
    • #buyalib
      129 people
      tweeted using the hashtag
      resulting in 430 tweets
    • there was a little
      controversy
    • 100 wonderful people
      donated
    • The most common donation
      was a very generous
    • In just two weeks we raised a spectacular…
    • In just two weeks we raised a spectacular…
      £2420!
    • HOW MUCH?!
    • So what is happening now?
      The Rural Literacy & Health Programme in India are building an extra big library with more books, attached to a school on the edge of a slum in Mysore.
    • And…
      The African Educational Trust have created FOUR donkey-drawn libraries to travel around Uganda, Somalia and Sudan.
    • “The world is full of ambient goodness just waiting for the right idea to make it happen.”
      Andromeda Yelton
    • And if buyalib proves anything else, it’s that social media is ace…
    • thanks for
      listening!
    • Images via:
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      Goodgifts
      Read the Buyalib blog at:
      http://buyindiaalibrary.wordpress.com/
      My own blog at:
      www.thewikiman.org
      Or buy your own library! Via:
      www.GoodGifts.org