Support our flash mob cataloguing challenge!
Toronto Botanical Garden - TBG

Over the last year, the Weston Family Library has been very busy establishing its brand new online library catalogue for the TBG community. One of the final major tasks required for its implementation is to finish adding records for all of our library’s resources. We have successfully added more than 5,000 records, but there are still close to 4,500 left to go. To help accomplish this goal, we are going to host a “flash mob” event in the Weston Family Library on Saturday May 4th and Sunday May 5th, from 10 a.m. until we’re finished. Consequently, the library will be closed on those dates. A flash mob is typically defined as “a group of people mobilized by social media to meet in a public place for the purpose of doing an unusual or entertaining activity of short duration”. A flash mob for the purpose of cataloguing is an exciting idea that we anticipate to be a great success. The mob’s participants will descend upon the TBG Library and volunteer their cataloguing skills for as much time as they can commit, and our goal is to have the final records added to the catalogue in those two short days! All for the good of access to information, and the future of the Weston Family Library.

Pledge your support for the mob’s progress in denominations of .01¢, .05¢, .10¢, or .25¢ per book catalogued. For example, “I would like to pledge .10¢ per book for 500 books that get catalogued” ($50).

You can also support the flash mob by donating toward refreshments, coffee, and pizza to keep the mob nourished while they catalogue all day.

Or, donate toward the library’s garden tool collection! The Weston Family Library hopes to introduce garden tools to its collection of lending resources in 2013. The Library would make available a wide range of garden tools for loan to TBG members. Each garden tool will also include directions for use, cleaning instructions, and proper storing tips. Garden tools will be stored and on display in the library for members to browse and see, but they will also have individual catalogue records in the new catalogue system (so that they can be retrieved, indexed, and be included in search results).


Please click on Donate Now! to make your donation or call Andrew McKay - 416-397-1483. Every gift of $10 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt. 

Toronto Botanical Garden is a charitable organization BN119227486 RR0001. 


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