October 6th, 2015
An update from the Anarchist Library: Fall 2015
Getting old? or just the weather...
Greetings from the labyrinths of the library. The anarchist library project has been aging slowly with time and brushing the dust off of its pages by forking out into new and exciting paths. The project now provides texts in eight different languages. The German and Swedish language libraries are the most recent additions. The project also offers libraries in the Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Finnish, Russian, Spanish, and the English languages. As always, your participation in this project by helping upload and edit texts of interest to you is what helps make the archives wonderful.
If you are interested in starting a new library in your native language (or one that you are highly fluent in), please contact us via email or by dropping by the IRC chat. We are willing to provide full support to help get your library project up and running.
IRC: https://theanarchistlibrary.org/special/webchat (IRC etiquette means that we are not always there and often AFK IRL, so please have patience)
The library has also recently made a Twitter robot that automatically tweets out the newest editions and edits to the world. It's still in the beta stages, so please bear with it as a small foray into the world of robots and social media.
In other social media news, some of you may know that the library started a Facebook page years ago as well. It seems that this page, while generally disdained and neglected (and even hated) for some years by the librarians – has somehow become really popular. It now has almost 6,000 members in the public group (is this something to celebrate?). The page is meant as a tool for discussion and sharing of anarchist texts and not as a place for posting memes or heating up sectarian issues.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/262856644014/ (it's behind a wall and you must be logged in to view + added to group by mods)
In place of having a torrent as we have done before in the past, friends have been kind enough to help provide a series of static website mirrors setup in case anything were to ever happen to the main servers. You can find them here:
http://tal.bolo-bolo.co/ (this mirror is beautiful, but not currently updated)
One is able to get the full batch of texts from the library a la the torrent by using tools for recursive downloading like wget for Linux, although we are unaware of any tools like this existing on Windoze.
How to help:
And on a closing note, the library is interested in searching out anarchist libraries IRL or AFK. While Infoshops are grand and play a vital role in the community, we are really looking for actual libraries or special collections that contain anarchist history. If you are aware of any anarchist special collections in the world please do let us know or help edit the wiki page on this subject (does a resource like this already exist?). It would be interesting information for those interested in research and finding lost gems in the anarchist canon on their travels.
Here is a 4 step crash course in how you can help the library as well-
the Swedish library:
http://sv.theanarchistlibrary.org (93 texts)
the German library:
http://anarchistischebibliothek.org (268 texts)
the Spanish library:
http://es.theanarchistlibrary.org (403 texts) also on GNU Social:
the Serbo-Croatian library:
https://anarhisticka-biblioteka.net (400 texts)
the Macedonian library:
http://www.anarhisticka-biblioteka.org (119 texts)
the Finnish library:
http://fi.theanarchistlibrary.org (160 texts)
the Russian library:
http://ru.theanarchistlibrary.org (354 texts)
the English library:
https://theanarchistlibrary.org (2,436 texts)