Memory of the World is a network of interconnected shadow libraries, each maintained locally and independently from the others. They are integrated through a custom-made extension (named “let’s share books“) for “Calibre” an open source software for managing e-books. Calibre has a large and stable user base.
It’s intended to work both a practical resource, but also use the model of the public library was a way to frame a discussion about a post-IP cultural order.
The public library is:
– free access to books for every member of society
– library catalog
With books ready to be shared, meticulously cataloged, everyone is a librarian. When everyone is librarian, library is everywhere.