Library A to Z crowd funding closes at £4,543 (225% funded)

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The Library A to Z crowdfunding closed today after 4 weeks and I’m really pleased to say that, thanks to the generosity of 155 backers, it has exceeded the initial goal of £2,000. The final amount was a fantastic £4,543, which means that the following has been funded:

  • £2,000 covers the costs of the illustrator, Kickstarter and card processing costs, legal deposit copies of the book, and the initial rewards including postage and packing.
  • £2,500 enables the production of a series of posters using the illustrations and makes them available for anyone to download under creative commons licence, edit if wanted, and to print for use in library advocacy.
  • £3,000 enables a pack containing books, posters and other materials to be made up and sent out to at least five different press / media organisations pushing the positive message about libraries. Backers will prioritise who we send them to (and will happily send these out internationally as well as within the UK depending on the geographical spread of our backers).
  • At £4,500 each person with a pledge of £20 over above will be sent an assortment of 5 greeting cards with images from the Library A to Z. It would be great if backers could send at least one of these to a local politician (your local councillor perhaps?) to ask about support for libraries in your area.
It seems such a long time ago that the initial A to Z list was crowd sourced at Library Camp East and it is fantastic that it has turned into something that so many people have thought was a great enough idea to support. Thank you to everyone who has pledged or shared the idea wide enough for this to be funded, including The Library Campaign, whose £1,500 pledge gave the crowdfunding a huge boost.
Huge thanks to Andy who came up with the idea of crowd funding this, found an illustrator and set up the Kickstarter.
Now we move on to putting the book together, and as we do this over the next few months I’ll keep you updated on our progress.
Library A to Z illustration by Josh Filhol

Library A to Z (Josh Filhol)

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#LibraryAtoZ is 190% funded with one week to go

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#LibraryAtoZ is 190% funded with one week to go

Fundraising for the Library A to Z is not yet closed, but with one week to go, it is already 190% funded! On Monday we’d already reached around £2250 with 120+ backers, but The Library Campaign showed their support for the project by becoming the main sponsor and pledged £1,500, which took the total up to almost £3,800! We had hoped that a library focused organisation would pledge, but wasn’t certain that it would happen, so this came as a fantastic surprise and is gratefully appreciated, as is the £2250 that all of the other individual backers have also pledged. This funding means that the full colour book, posters and posters will be produced, along with press packs featuring this material. We still have a week to go and further stretch goals dependent upon the money we raise. I said it would be great earlier in the week if the crowd funding reached £2500, but now I’m really wondering if we can reach £4500, and if we did how much more we could do with this project. A huge thank you to everyone who has generously pledged and promoted this project.

SEQuRAmA Search Project

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I stumbled across this web-search aggregation project called SEQuRAmA being put together by Will Gilreath. In his own words the project “has the goal of more efficient search–search using other search engines but at a single point–a locus or nexus. The operation is query many a search engine, accumulate and aggregate the results.”


Even though I’m not sure Will is planning on releasing this, it’s still an interesting read, finding out how he’s approaching things and what his aims are.

I particularly liked this quote on his blog: “Seek and you shall accumulate, aggregate, and then find.” 🙂

Edited 12/08/2014

Readers Take an Active Role in Interactive Fiction

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Readers Take an Active Role in Interactive Fiction

I wrote this post about interactive fiction for the Read, Watch, Play blog.

Reading fiction is generally seen as a passive activity, with the reader following a single path of the story that has been set out by the writer. However there are opportunities for readers to take a more active role in the development of a writer’s story. This is especially true in the case of interactive fiction.

In works of interactive fiction (IF) the writer presents a story, but gives the reader the option to deviate from the thread of the narrative, or direct it in a particular path at various points along the way….

Read, Watch, Play is an online reading group that focuses on a new theme every month and includes films, TV, games and music as well as books as part of the discussion.

The full post can be read here.