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Bookmobile Day 2: Oohs & Ahs

Day 2: We got welcomed by Bob, the tipsy owner of the Featherbed B&B in Quincy. He proundly told us they have great healthy and tasty breakfasts prepared by the same cook who cooks for the hospital and hospice. Hmmmm hospital food has never been known as tasty, but we’ll see. James pointed out this morning that all the food was very soft. I will leave you to your imagination.

After the "heathy" breakfast we drove to the Plumas County Library and set up the bookmobile. It happened to be the day that all of the branch librarians were meeting, so we were able to meet up with all librarians from Plumas county. They all came out to see the bookmobile and our demo —  and were pretty impressed.

After demonstrating the bookmaking process we definitely got oohs and ahs all around when we brought out the $100 laptop. IMHO I think we are getting better every day as bookmobilistas! Rightly, librarians asked us how our demo is relevant to their libraries since they don’t have  funds to purchase binder, printer, etc. We suggested they look through IA and other digitization projects and think of ways to incorporate digital books into their collections. For example, we suggested adding links in catalog records of any books that they own so that their users would be able to access the digital versions even if their physical copy was checked out. One librarian said this would be especially useful for helping out local high school students — who have reading lists but the library is not able to keep enough copies for all of them. This day was a bit slower than yesterday, but Quincy is much smaller than Auburn. One memorable teen (who was being home-schooled) was really keen on the technology, and in helping us make a book, described the cutter (aka Bessie 🙂 ) as "smooth like butter!" It was great to see such an inquisitive young person.

Of course we can’t pass a day without technical problems. After a lengthy interview with the head librarian, I found that my videotape was damaged and couldn’t save any of the footage. Tonight we’re in Nevada City and we’ll be at the Madelyn Helling County Library doing our demo again. It’s been really interesting to talk with people about the public domain, hearing their perspective on copyright etc. Check out more new photos here.

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