Tag Archives: collaboration

Is it still a library after books have been moved to a warehouse?

2019-02-17

Libraries are at a crossroads. In many countries, especially in Europe, Asia and Middle East, new massive libraries are being built. Often, they are architectural wonders that are designed to store as many books as possible. In the US, however, some libraries, like Georgia Tech and Bexar County want to get rid of paper books. They focus on ebooks and other digital material. Let’s take a look at Georgia Tech’s library that has been transformed into a new type of reading and learning space.
Georgia Tech Library, large windows in open space
The library Crosland Tower at Georgia Tech College campus in Atlanta was built for books in 1968. The large library building is eight stories tall, and because excessive sunlight is harmful to paper, the south side of the tower didn’t have windows at all.

Library management realized that books, journals and other media required by students and personnel was rapidly turning digital – and that’s what people wanted to borrow. In 2016, the Georgia Tech Library was closed for a full renovation.
Emory book storage site. Photo by Emory Photo.   Book storage site.

The objective of the renovation project was to move 95% of the library books (about one million copies) to a warehouse, and allocate space for students where they can study, for multimedia labs, and for collaboration projects. The south side wall was replaced with large windows, and tables, chairs and sofas were brought in.

Students still can borrow library books – if they want to wait a while. The request to borrow a print book is sent from the library to the storage site located five miles away from campus. The book is fetched from the warehouse shelves and delivered to the library.

In addition to creating a comfortable space where students and college personnel can read, study and collaborate, the reason behind the radical transformation of the library was digital media.
CHanging library by Georgia Tech LibraryGeorgia Tech Library.

In 2017, Georgia Tech Library owned 909 730 printed books.
At the same time, the library had a collection of 1.01 million ebooks and electronic journals.
In 2017, 4.12 million ebooks and digital articles were checked out from the library.
During the same year, 21,892 printed books were borrowed from the library.

Georgia Tech Library has seen the future, and it is digital – even for an institution that originally was created to store physical products.

Is it still a library? Yes, Georgia Tech Library is a library – a modern one that welcomes people to learn inside its walls.
Georgia Tech Library, city view
Georgia Tech Library, study space.
Via Business Insider.

Photos by Georgia Tech Library.

A writer doesn’t have to be a lone wolf, there’s an online community for collaboration

2019-02-13

Most writers work alone thinking, planning, researching and tapping a keyboard whenever they can, conducting the entire process the way they want. For many writers this is exactly the reason they love their independent work. Of course, there are writers who like to work with others – even if not in every project, but every now and then – trying to reap the benefits of collaboration. Now, it is possible to join an online collaboration community that is also providing tools for working together.
papers and hands on work desk. photo by Nik MacMillan.
Collab Writers is an online community and digital place to work together with other writers, illustrators, photographers, musicians and film makers. As a brand new service, Collab Writers has started with writers and plans to extend the community and services to other creative work.

The idea for collaboration was born after co-founders Jennie Griffiths and Anjali Alford had written a book together on their commutes. Both had day jobs and writing was something they enjoyed to do when they had time for it. They realized there must be plenty of other writers in similar situation who might enjoy working with others.

Collab Writers is not only a digital community, but they have already organized events and meetings. The founders live in London, and that’s where the events take place as well.

The founders of Collab Writers told The Bookseller that the
long-term objective is to develop Collab Writers into a service platform that provides training, editing, indie publishing and also enables stories to get discovered for the screen.

“We want to disrupt ‘old ways’ as much as possible and breaking down barriers at each stage of the process to help get work out there. We’d also like to take Collab Writers into schools to encourage the younger members of society to collaborate and co-create.”

If you want to join the community, GBP 10 is the entrance fee to the club.

Ebook news digest: literary tourism, collaborating authors, waterproof ereader, ebook statistics

2017-06-02

News on ebooks, writing, and travel

ereader on top of stack of books
Literary Tourism: Travel The World’s Book Towns
Book Riot

Towns with an exceptionally high number of bookstores are sometimes referred to as booktowns. Book Riot has collected the most notable towns from Canada, Norway, South Korea, from around the world into an article – in case you want to visit them all.

5 Critical Mistakes of Author Collaborations And How to Avoid Them
The Creative Penn

Co-authoring a book is not as common as collaborating with other artists for a piece of music or a film. An author who has succeeded in collaborative projects with other authors has identified five key issues. 1: learn to know your co-author before starting a project.

Snapshot: June 1, 2017
I Love My Kindle

The author of the post loves the Kindle, but if you love numbers (and data on ebooks) read the post. One of the many bits of data is that every day about 2000 new titles are added to the Kindle Store. Makes any and every publisher think how to differentiate from the mass.

Traveling in Scandinavia – Free Ebook Download
Klaava

A collection of travel stories, cultural tips and tourist information for North Europe. Free EPUB and Kindle ebook download.

Travel Writing: All You Need To Know
Jerry Nelson

The post describes the genres of travel writing and the authors who are the most famous representatives of the genres.

An Interview with a 21st Century Nomad
Mapping Megan

Steve Moore, a writer, has been working on the road for 20 years, long before the world started talking about the digital nomad lifestyle. He has perspective to nomad life.

Over 2 Million Historic Photographs Now Available Online – Pique Your Interest With A Peek Into History
SLR Lounge

Europeana project is like an online museum, preserving old European objects digitally. Now, two million images has been archived and made available, but check the rights before you download because not every photo is in public domain.

Kobo’s new Aura H20 is a smaller, cheaper version of its best e-reader
The Verge

A waterproof ereader for the vacation season sounds like a good idea. Kobo has released a new version of its waterproof device, and the reviewer likes it.