June 19, 2019

Ideas Box: Libraries Without Borders Set to Debut the “Library in a Box” Tonight at NYPL Event

From the Wall St. Journal:

Tuesday night at the New York Public Library, an organization called Libraries Without Borders will unveil its latest project: a library in a box.

More accurately, it’s a library in multiple boxes—lightweight, durable and waterproof—designed to be packed onto shipping pallets and sent to refugee camps.

The idea is that food, water and shelter aren’t enough, said Patrick Weil, the group’s founder and chief executive, and a visiting professor at Yale Law School. People who have lost everything, he said, need books, films, games and Internet access to feed their minds, connect with loved ones, pursue education and rebuild their lives.

The so-called Ideas Box, designed by Philippe Starck, contains 15 tablet computers and four laptops with satellite Internet connections; 50 e-readers and 5,000 e-books; 250 printed books; a movie projector, screen and 100 films; chairs, tables and board games.

Read the Complete Article (via WSJ)

Direct to Ideas Box Website

Ideas Box: Videos

Jeremy Lachal (Co-Founder of Bibliothèques Sans Frontières)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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