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One Laptop Per Child: Give One Get One

One Laptop Per Child
These are the fabled “$100 laptops” we’ve been hearing about for some time now. While they do cost more than $100 (twice that in fact) the concept is no less fascinating. Now, for two weeks only, you can buy one and give one in a sort of “donation bundle”. Not saying to plop down your $$$ here, but at the very least it’s an interesting initiative. Lots of potential for library reach here. At the very least a nifty gadget, right?
One Laptop Per Child: Give One Get One


GeoMapped Libs

GeoMapped Libs

Originally uploaded by libraryman.

Wouldn’t it be cool to see a global map dotted with markers indicating where you could click to see pictures of the library in that exact geographic location? How in the heck would you make something like that work anyway?

Well prepare to “Ohhh”? and “Ahhh”?! The Libraries and Librarians Flickr Group is at it again with another super spiffy application of technology. Can you say Web 2.0? :) . Actually, Lluisa , Russell and GeoBloggers folks (its author Dan Catt to be exact) have put their heads together and come up with a site to view GeoTagged pictures from the group photo pool. Amazing!

As more images are properly GeoTagged the page will become even more impressive. Join in the fun and contribute to the community! At last count we had 1495 images and 317 members on six continets in the group! Add your library photos to the Libraries and Librarians Flickr group and then add some GeoTags. The directions for doing this are included in the discussion HERE.



Public Libraries International Network
Interesting back story of this group is found here.
PLIN Conference 2005 in sunny Seattle April 27-30.
Found via the fairly recently discovered and most excellent library blog “It’s All Good“.


Got Your Travel On?

Hopefully some of you Librarians will be adding Washington to your states visited list next week, when you attend PLA here in Seattle. If you get a kick out of noting the places you have visited here is a fun site where you can make a quick and easy map highlighting the either the states or countries you have been in. Link

I know some of my former BMGF PACT pals might really enjoy this activity what with all our former work travel. A visit to Aaron would knock out one or two of those pesky NE states, though I?ve decided I?ll probably to never go to Arkansas (apologies to any AR Librarians out there;). If you think you are a real globe trotter, doing the world travel map is quite humbling.


Soulac & Invergordon

I?m nearing the end of the Euro/Med Library pics from my recent wacky teaching/lecture excursion. For today?s pictures, the ship was docked in Le Verdon, France, which is basically just a port. The ship?s shuttle went into the nearby town of Soulac, which is a teeny little beach/vacation town right on the Atlantic. While the Library was closed, you can clearly see it looks a lot like many of our small town Public Libraries here in the states, complete with peeling sign. We ate yummy crepes and heard rare, fascinating and scary stories about life on a cruise ship during our time in town. Let?s just say that lots of constant vigilance, hard work and luck keep cruises carefree for passengers. The close call stories are enthralling, even if you sometimes wonder just how true they are.
Soulac PL1
Soulac PL2

Also, here is the Public Library in Invergordon, Scotland. Anybody else been to the PL in Invergordon?


Latin Flavor?

Moreno! In case you missed it in the comments, internal relations continue to warm as more folks around the globe learn of Library Man. It can be a slow link, but the comments on the page are fun to decipher. Keep watching for Library Man 200? World Tour information. :)

Also along the lines of International Relations, though having nothing really to do with Libraries, it is…Donkey Konga! I have a Game Cube, and I?ll have a Donkey Konga to go with it some day soon. Thanks for the link, Matt!


Rotterdam Central Library

I was thinking about not posting any more Library visit pictures, but after talking to Uber-Librarian Steve last night I?ve decided a few more won?t hurt. After all, it is a Library blog, and at least it?s unique Library content, right?

So, the next far flung Library to show you is The Rotterdam Central Library in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Most folks have heard or maybe even lived some crazy Amsterdam stories, but aside from that craziness, the entire country seemed quite unique and fascinating. It seemed to me that much of Europe, The Netherlands and Belgium in particular, seemed a bit hyper-organized. Now just imagine their Libraries!

Rotterdam is big on Libraries and big on modern architecture. The large plaza containing the Central Library has several very unique Dutch (well designed/funky) looking buildings. The Library itself reminded me quite a bit of the Pompidou Center in Paris, with its inside-out facade. Check out the picture here.

Inside? Surprises galore!
An interactive sculpture. When you step on the blue ?puddles?, speakers in the book make splashing noises!
A giant size chess board, in full use, with lots of spectators.
They even have a theater. Of maybe theatre since we?re in Europe and all.

If you are interested in Rotterdam or The Netherlands, here is a well designed site with lots of useful information.


Library of Celsus, Ephesus, Turkey

Visiting The Library of Celsus.
There is nothing like travel to give you a new perspective on the time frame of human history. The Library of Celsus was founded in 110 A.D. Naturally, the Library as an institution has changed with time (for the better I believe), but the Library of Celsus is cornerstone of our professional history. A couple of fun facts about this library: The sculptures in front represent Sophia (wisdom) Arete (valor), Ennoia (thought), and Episteme (knowledge). Fitting, eh? Also, the Library was connected to a brothel. ?I?m going to the library, honey!? Those shady ancients! Tisk, tisk.


Falmouth Public Library

Way back in August, this was the first Public Library I visited on the trip. The Passmore Edwards Free Library in Falmouth, Cornwall, England is very reminiscent of a small/medium size Public Library in the US. Separate departments for Children?s Services, Internet access, reference and check-out desks, etc. And very, very busy. Too busy for the staff size in fact. It all felt very familiar. Here is their official web site. Falmouth, by the way, is a friendly, pretty and quaint seafaring village/town. Home of the best and original Cornish Pasties, sort of like individual lunch pies, usually filled with meat, onions and cabbage. Mmmmmm!


Rhodes & Bilbao Public Libraries

Two more picture links from Europe.
Snapped a few weeks ago in front of the Public Library on the island of Rhodes, Greece.
Unfortunately, both times I visited the Library here it was closed, though Rhodes itself was charming and unique. We spent our Rhodesian time in the large old quarter housed within the stone castle walls, where I found the Library.

Taken a couple of months ago in the entryway of the Public Library in Bilbao, Spain.
Bilbao was gorgeous in the right spots. Of course, The Guggenheim Museum there is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

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