Neighborhood book exchanges come in all shapes and sizes.  Here are the six that were studied in Vancouver.
Neighborhood book exchanges come in all shapes and sizes. Here are the six that were studied in Vancouver.

Starting in 2012 Tenny Webster and Kathleen Gollner , graduate students at the University of British Columbia, began asking some interesting questions.

Their inquiries were not just to satisfy casual curiosity. Instead, they were academic; exploring what could turn into long-term research about the motivation of stewards, the practical aspects of building and maintaining Neighborhood Book Exchanges (NooX), and what happens in a neighborhood when a NooX (Little Free Library, Book Box; whatever it is called) appears. 

They gathered data through analysis of media stories, steward interviews, neighborhood surveys and three months worth of weekly observations.  Their hands-on approach also involved building a Little Free Library of their own.

As they say in the Kickstarter  campaign, now online, their research takes an honest look at “the goals, tasks and challenges involved, and how different stewards have approached them.” Kathleen and Tenny want to hear your questions, suggestions  and feedback, too.

A public presentation of their results will be freely available online…if they can generate some support and active participation through Kickstarter . The deadline for reaching their goal September 20.

As stakeholders in this research, all of us involved in Little Free Libraries can play a role by contributing financially and in other ways.  In a positive approach to optimize the value of their research, Kathleen and Tenny want to hear your questions, suggestions  and feedback regarding what the data they have gathered can mean.

To get the full picture, look here and contribute what you can.  The entire Little Free Library and book sharing movement can benefit.

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