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[edit] Library: What's the point?

There's already a public library!

Since there's a public library, we're going to focus on books that fill the needs of people using the space right now.

Anyone can access what they want over the internet almost all the time!

If electronic books are already accessible, we can focus on the people who would still prefer to use a paper copy.

A more refined goal:

The Library can serve expert and hacker-y literature to people in Noisebridge right now.

How do we get there? Quantify, Expand, Prune!

  • First: Understand what books we have.
  • Second: Create a process to acquire hacker-y books and expert references.
  • Third: Prune our shelves a bit. Bring the average usefulness up.

[edit] How many books do we have right now?

A book barcode scannning effort was performed in October-December 2015 using noisebridge-bookscanner. We scanned tons of books over 15-20 hours. How many? A lot.

Right now we have:

  • 1784 books with ISBNs, they are organized by section
  • 6 boxes of books that do not have ISBNs (mostly too old)

The library-org webapp has:

  • 1449 books have been ingested into library-org using Open Library
  • 335 more need additional processing (1784 less 1449)

[edit] What can I do?

  • Initiative 1: Add dewey decimal system to library
  • Initiative 2: Collect sets of topic books from experts and source these books
  • Initiative 3: Begin the process of flagging books to be stored in our stacks
  • Initiative 4: Improve library-org

Initiative 1: Dewey Decimal!

  • Label all 1449 books already in library-org with ISBNs on the spine
  • Recommended to use colored labels by broad subject
  • Label the shelves and sort the books into their locations
  • This could be supported by the library-org app, using a checklist or something. Since you can see the spine it may not be necessary
  • library-org needs a utility to allow you to manually edit an entry's dewey decimal (to add missing ones)

Initiative 2: Source New Books

  • Are you really good at something or reasonably well read? Make us a list of must-have books!
  • Add themed lists here: Resources/Library/Dead_Tree#Suggested Books
  • You can help acquire books by sourcing books on these lists!
  • Don't subtract them from the lists though, we can make a system for checking them off

Initiative 3: Flag books for the stacks

  • We don't plan to get rid of books, but we do plan to take them off the shelves
  • Normal libraries have 'stacks' but we have boxes. We can call our boxes 'the stacks'
  • This needs accompanied with a flagging system in library-org so we know a book is in the 'stacks'
  • Another thought: we should also label the boxes and say which box each book is in, inside library-org

Initiative 4: Improve library-org

  • library-org is a flask app
  • Current capabilities: receive new books, search books.
  • Manual add form, but first we need to get our data model stable.
  • Connect a fallback API. OpenLibrary only has about 80% coverage, so far.
  • Report books not in Open Library, so they can get better.

[edit] How do I add a new book to the library?

  • First, add the book to the library-org app:
  • Remember to put in the secret code and press submit!
  • If the app couldn't find the book, you can send me the ISBN and proceed.
  • Next, put the book in its category. Categories are written under each shelf.

[edit] Library Organizing Application: library-org

An application exists to organize our books and submit new books by ISBN.

Go to application:

[edit] Sorting

The library books were last sorted in labeled during the October 2015 Noisebridge Refresh.

We could add dewey decimal tags to each book using the library application.

[edit] Other Hackerspaces with Libraries

[edit] Suggested Books

People with experience and opinions about various topics can add recommendations below for books we should buy for the library.

[edit] Mathematics

Curated by: begriffs

Title Author ISBN
Calculus Spivak 978-0914098911
Calculus Vol 1 Apostol 978-0471000051
Calculus Vol 2 Apostol 978-0471000075
Principles of Mathematical Analysis Rudin 978-0070856134
Real and Complex Analysis Rudin 978-0070542341
Calculus on Manifolds Spivak 978-0805390216
Counterexamples in Analysis Gelbaum 978-0486428758
Linear Algebra Done Right Axler 978-3319110790
Linear Algebra Problem Book Halmos 978-0883853221
Algebra Lang 978-0387953854
Algebra Isaacs 978-0821847992
Topology Munkres B004DX5K5K
General Topology Kelley 978-0923891558
Counterexamples in Topology Steen 978-0486687353
Beginning Logic Lemon 978-0915144501
A Mathematical Introduction to Logic Enderton 978-0122384523
Mathematical Logic Ebbinghaus 978-0387942582
Model Theory Marker 978-0387987606
Set Theory Jech 978-3540440857
Elementary Geometry from an Advanced Standpoint Moise 978-0201508673
Introduction to Geometry Coxeter 978-0471504580
Geometry: Euclid and Beyond Hartshorne 978-0387986500
Surreal Numbers: How Two Ex-Students Turned on to Pure Mathematics and Found Total Happiness Knuth 978-0201038125

[edit] "Data Science"

(observe the quotes...)

Title Author Suggested By
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable Nassim Nicholas Taleb Danukeru
Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide Alex Reinhart Danukeru

[edit] Electronics

Curated by: Dakota

Title Author ISBN
Getting Started in Electronics Mims III, Forrest M. 978-0945053286
The Art of Electronics Horowitz, Paul 978-0521809269

[edit] Books of Interest - Aestetix

Curated by: aestetix

Title Author Suggested By
Godel Escher Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid Douglas R Hofstader aestetix
I Am a Strange Loop Douglas R Hofstader Danukeru
The Mind's I Daniel Dennett, Douglas R Hofstadter Danukeru
The Society of Mind Marvin Minsky Danukeru
The Emotion Machine Marvin Minsky Danukeru
The Art of Computer Programming Don Knuth aestetix
1984 George Orwell aestetix
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution Steven Levy aestetix
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card aestetix
The Code Book Simon Singh aestetix
Cryptonomicon Neal Stephenson aestetix
Code Charles Petzold aestetix
The Annotated Turing Charles Petzold aestetix
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce aestetix
Ulysses James Joyce aestetix
The Magus John Fowles aestetix
The Collector John Fowles aestetix
The French Lieutenant's Woman John Fowles aestetix
Technopoly Neil Postman aestetix
The Illuminatus! Trilogy Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson aestetix
Shrodinger's Cat Robert Anton Wilson aestetix
The Fountainhead Ayn Rand aestetix
Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand aestetix
The Hacker Crackdown Bruce Sterling aestetix
I, Robot Isaac Asimov aestetix
Snow Crash Neal Stephenson aestetix
The Gold Bug Variations Richard Powers aestetix
The Codebreakers David Kahn aestetix
Gravity's Rainbow Thomas Pynchon aestetix
Little Brother Cory Doctorow aestetix
The Martian Andy Weir Danukeru

[edit] Books of Interest - Mitch

Curated by: Mitch

V Thomas Pynchon Mitch
Infinite Jest David Foster Wallace Mitch
White Noise Don DeLillo Mitch
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust Mitch
The Sound and the Fury William Faulkner Mitch
Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut Mitch
Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture Arthur Evans Mitch
Foucault's Pendulum Umberto Eco Mitch
Quantum Psychology Robert Anton Wilson Mitch
In the Absence of the Sacred Jerry Mander Mitch
Dancer From the Dance Andrew Holleran Mitch
An Arrow's Flight Mark Merlis Mitch
To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf Mitch
The Satanic Verses Salman Rushdie Mitch
Passage to India E. M. Forster Mitch
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