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2001 Jul 16 15:19

Yolo Library Donation

It was brought to our attention by member Jessica Leudtke that the Yolo County Library (which has a branch in Davis on 14th St.) is sorely lacking in books about Unix and Linux.

We spoke with Jay Johnstone of the library to discuss how we can help out.

In September 2000, Jay said:

Thanks for your interest. As you know, computer books are expensive. We have just ordered one more of each on Unix and Linux, probably at your suggestion! I hope they last. We have experienced a high loss rate on computer manuals.

Please continue to donate any used books you have. We will either put them into the collection or they go into the booksale to generate funds to buy new stuff.

Please consider raising money from your group to buy new books to donateto the library. We will put a bookplate in each copy crediting the donor. Donations by individuals or businesses are tax deductable, by the way. You can get a receipt at the circulation desk.

We would welcome a list of recommended purchases. If you submit a list, we can work together to make it a goal to get them one way or another.

October 16, followup:

The library would prefer items that are already cataloged by Library of Congress (CIP data on the verso) so that we can grab the cataloging electronically. We also prefer bindings that can take a shelf label: paperbacks are OK, but comb bindings and spiral bindings are difficult to label.

Book Publisher Donations:

We also decided to contact book publishers to see if they'd be interested in donating new books directly to the library.

We contacted New Riders, O'Reilly's Library Sales Division, and a sales representative from the Coriolis Group.

On September 29th, Susan Petro from New Riders stated they'd be able to donate titles of our choosing to the library.

Books which New Riders publishes that we picked for donation to the library include:

Books marked with "*" are ones which we got two copies of.

At October 16th's LUGOD meeting, Tom Mayer of Coriolis offered to donate books as well. On October 20th, Tom said:

Contact David Henley at nerdbooks.com and set up a time to select Coriolis titles for donation. I will replenish David's stock at no charge.

I enjoyed meeting the LUGOD gang and am happy to coordinate a worthy donation in cooperation with Nerdbooks.

One October 22nd, LUGOD visited nerdbooks.com and picked out a collection of Coriolis titles:

On December 12th, Helen Day from O'Reilly and Associates got back to us (she had been travelling). She said:

To help you out, I went through my personal library and mailed a box of UNIX titles to the library. The box will arrive from Illinois; it was sent book rate so give it time. Also, the box was addressed to the library and to your attention.

I don't remember all the titles I sent so I will attempt to send you title info on the ones I can remember:

  • POSIX Programmer's Guide, April 1991, D. Lewine
  • POSIX.4, Jan 1995, B. Gallmeister
  • Porting UNIX software, Nov 1995, G. Lehey (I think I sent this one),
  • SCO UNIX in a Nutshell, Feb 1194, E. Cutler
  • UNIX Power Tools, Aug 1997, J. Peek (I think)
  • When You can't find your UNIX Sys Adm, April 1995, L Mui

Donation Event!

On Saturday, October 28th at 11:00am, LUGOD presented the donated books to the library at the Davis branch on 14th Street.

Photos are available of the event!

Photos of the LUGOD Display which was set up in November are also available.

Credit: The book cover image above is based on the typical and well-known style used by O'Reilly & Associates when publishing their technical books. Tux the Penguin was, of course, designed by Larry Ewing.

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