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Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries

by Book Bunk Trust
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries
Restoring Nairobi's iconic public libraries

Fantastic Progress! 

4 months since beginning our cataloguing process, our team of 6 have catalogued a total of 42, 469 books, with all cataloguing at the two smaller branches (Kaloleni and Eastlands) now complete! 

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The oldest newspaper in Kenya's second oldest library!

In mid-July, we began the inventory process at the main branch on Banda Street in Nairobi's Central Business District, which houses archives dating back to the early 1900s. We have since catalogued the Africanah collection here ( a collection focused on Africa that has been a key resource for academics and researchers) as well as the Newspaper collection. Amongst some of the material we have recorded here includes early editions of The Standard. The oldest newspaper in the country, it was started as a weekly by Alibhai Mulla Jeevanjee in 1902. In 1905, it was sold to Maia Anderson and Rudolph Mayer, who changed the name to The East African Standard. Lonrho Group bought the paper in 1963 and in 1995, it wa sold to Kenyan investors. The oldest edition catalogued at the McMillan Memorial Library is from 1906, and we are thrilled to explore access possibilities for the general public in the coming months! 

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Meet Marion, our Lead Cataloguing Intern

Marion heads our inventory intern team, and is a recent Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Nairobi. When she is not cataloguing at McMillan Memorial Library, she is either indulging in fiction or writing book reviews on culture and fashion. Her cataloguing highlight has been coming across and reading excerpts from her literary favourites  including Langston Hughes. Once she completes her internship, she plans to continue working with Book Bunk to nurture a reading culture across Nairobi and Kenya! 

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Yvette cataloguing books at the Kaloleni branch
Yvette cataloguing books at the Kaloleni branch

Hello Book Bunkers!

We've been busy with our cataloguing process, which began on 29th April 2019. Nearly a month in, we have completed this process at the Kaloleni branch, the smallest of the three, cataloguing just under 4,000 books! This is in large part to your support! 

The cataloguing process is being conducted by 6 interns, working in teams of 3, in shifts. Through your support, we have been able to purchase the material we require for this process, and also pay wages to our 6 lovely interns, most of whom are university students.

Data is currenly being stored on Book Bunk's google cloud storage, with this data to be transferred into the library's network system once this is built. Along with general information about books - ISBNs, Publisher, Year Publication and authors' details, we have also been recording the last year that these books were borrowed. This is providing us with quite a bit of insight into the popularity of some material in past years, and this information will inform our future book donation drive as well as acquisitions.

With cataloguing at the Kaloleni branch complete, we have now moved on to the Eastlands branch, and began the same process there on Monday 20th May 2019. 

The team at work!
The team at work!
Halfway through!
Halfway through!

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INVENTORY & ARCHIVE MANAGEMENT

Since launching our crowdfunding campaign towards cataloguing existing collections housed across all three branches of the library, we have raised a total of $6,342 from 50 donors. Your donation has enable us to plan for our inventory process. Here are some highlights; 

Need for Cataloguing: There is still little to no knowledge about the size of the collections housed in the three libraries. The staff estimate is 400,000+ books and objects, and this inventory process aims to provide a definite number as well as identify content gaps.

Staffing for Research and Inventory: Our call-out for a Research and Inventory lead received 204 applications while a call for volunteers to assist in this process elicited 418 applications. We are currently interviewing for this lead role as well as volunteers, closing this process by 1st April 2019. 

Timelines: We will be training our new Inventory lead as well as volunteers for the inventory process from 3rd- 5th April 2019, with cataloguing set to begin in the Kaloleni branch on 8th April 2019, lasting until mid-June. This process will involve recording of ISBNs, year of publication, condition of book/object and all other necessary data. In the meantime, we have begun building a wishlist of books for children and will be adding to this throughout the inventory process. 

 


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Book Bunk Trust

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Twitter: @thebookbunk
Project Leader:
Angela Wachuka
Nairobi, Kenya
$7,489 raised of $10,000 goal
 
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