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Anand has asked me to forward this message to the group.


Hello all,

At last night's meeting the EdLUG lending library officially came into being
and I was appointed librarian. As with everything else about the group, I
expect this to be a very informal arrangement, so I hope I don't seem
officious in outlining how I see things working. What follows below is a set
of ground rules as discussed at the meeting with a couple of small
refinements from me. Feel free to comment, suggest, flame...

1)I have requested a new email address: library at edlug . org . uk , but
please wait until it is activated. I have only just requested it from Graeme.
The address should then be used for any loan requests or specific library
business.


2)The librarian should be reasonably available, and deputise if necessary.

3)The librarian will hold a record of current stock according to the stock
policy below, and the location of stock items as well as current loans.

4)Stock may be held by the librarian, or by any donor according to the donor's
preference.


5)Records of donors and borrowers are confidential and will not be
disseminated.

6)The Librarian will note the general condition of items on their loan and
return. (It is just conceivable that a borrower might be blacklisted if s/he
persistently destroyed things!)

7)The librarian will circulate the current stock list to the mailing list each
month and maintain the stock list on the EdLUG web site (with the help of the
webmaster).


8)Items are loaned on the condition that they are used in accordance with
relevant laws and licenses.

The current policy for stock is to include:
1)Books on computing and related topics (in paper, or electronic form), no
more than 2 editions older than current.
2)CD-ROMS and DVD-ROMS of relevant software, no more than 1 major release
older than current.
3)Magazines on Linux and related computing topics with or without cover discs,
no more than 12 months old.
4)CD-ROMS of downloaded Free and Open Source Software as requested.


EdLUG funds may be used to buy items for the library on consensus or
committee decision. (The first purchase is to be the current edition of
Running Linux, By Matt Welsh, Matthias Kalle Dalheimer, Terry Dawson, Lar
Kaufman published by O'Reilly. Teeth, as treasurer, has approved the
purchase.)

I will post the initial stock catalogue soon. Please email me off list with
any items you would like to donate, and say whether you want me to keep them
for you.

One final note: Running Linux will be the first item bought with our group
discount at O'Reilly. I am the contact person for this, so I suggest we
simply add this to the list of librarian's duties.

Remember, the discount is available for individual members' purchases, so you
can use it even if you won't let anyone else see your shiny new book!


I declare this library "open"!

Anand

---------- Forwarded Message 2 ----------

Subject: EdLUG library
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 10:59:45 +0000
From: Members' Library <library@xxx.xxx.xxx>
To: "edlug " <edlug@xxx.xxx.xxx>

The EdLUG email address is now functioning (Thanks, Mark). So loan requests,
donations and orders for personal purchases using the O'Reilly group discount
should be posted to library at edlug . org . uk


On Ian Stuart's suggestion, I have added a category of stock items:
5)Computing literature and software of historical (or archaeological)
interest. To start this off Ian has offered some material on Xenix as well as
Pascal and some older C stuff. Thanks, Ian. if you email a list of the stuff
to the library address, I will get it into the first stock catalogue next
week.


Finally, I will be away on Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday I will be
ready to respond to the flood of O'Reilly orders!

Anand

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