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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  • 1.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. Four of us came together to do this. We started a blog in January 2011, and began asking for donations.
  • 5. We gave the whole thing a hashtag:
    #buyalib
  • 6. Between us, we exchanged:
    216 emails
    about the
    project
  • 7. 10
    We wrote:
    blog
    posts
    these were viewed around 2,300 times
  • 8. #buyalib
    129 people
    tweeted using the hashtag
    resulting in 430 tweets
  • 9. there was a little
    controversy
  • 10. 100 wonderful people
    donated
  • 11. The most common donation
    was a very generous
  • 12. In just two weeks we raised a spectacular…
  • 13. In just two weeks we raised a spectacular…
    £2420!
  • 14. HOW MUCH?!
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. And…
    The African Educational Trust have created FOUR donkey-drawn libraries to travel around Uganda, Somalia and Sudan.
  • 17. “The world is full of ambient goodness just waiting for the right idea to make it happen.”
    Andromeda Yelton
  • 18. And if buyalib proves anything else, it’s that social media is ace…
  • 19. thanks for
    listening!
  • 20. Images via:
    Photofunia
    Stock Xchange
    Icon Finder
    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