My Little Library
A web project by Eishin Yoshida
As essayist and anthologist Alberto Manguel said, “every library is autobiographical.” These collections reflect “who we are and who we have been.” My project, which I have titled My Little Library, is no different. It reflects me — my knowledge, interests and concerns. It is my intellectual cloud. By furnishing books for my own research and leisure reading, I give shape to that cloud and create a space to share it with others.
Some of the books come from University libraries and public libraries, others come from my own shelf. You will also find mini collections in my library that I have grouped together, thereby creating new, and ever-evolving, relations between and with the books. Those who choose to enter my library may browse through the books as you would in any other library – but this particular library is highly personal. My Little Library offers the opportunity to step into my cloud and exchange your cloud with mine and with others. This project emerged from Shannon Mattern’s Fall 2014 “Archives, Libraries + Databases” Graduate Seminar.