What is the DLP?
The Distributed Library Project is an experiment in sharing information
and building community in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Unfortunately, the traditional library system doesn't do much to foster community.
Patrons come and go, but there is very little opportunity to establish relationships with people
or groups of people. In fact, if you try to talk with someone holding a book you like - you'll probably
get shushed. The Distributed Library Project works in exactly the opposite way, where the very function
of the library depends on interaction.
How does it work?
Create an account, then list the books and videos that you own.
You will then have access to the multitude of books and videos available in other people's
collections. You can search for specific authors or titles, browse individual
collections, find nearby users, or find people who like books in common with yours.
You will have access to user-written reviews and have the opportunity to write your own.
If the owner of a book or video you're interested in has time for you to pick it up,
you can check out items for a 2, 7, 14, or 30 day period (at the owner's discretion).
Returning books late will get you negative feedback, while returning books promptly
will get you positive feedback. You are never under any obligation to lend an item if you
don't feel comfortable doing so.
How do you manage trust?
While this is a community site based on good will, we have an ebay-style feedback system for
managing trust. Lenders have the opportunity to leave positive or negative feedback for borrowers
when an item is returned. These positive or negative points contribute to an overall "score" which
lenders can use to gauge the trustworthiness or responsibility of a borrower. Lenders can also leave
comments along with the points to be more specific.