Friday, June 16, 2006

grow globally

this is the third year of the september project. TSP is many things but the most simple definition we like to use is this:
The September Project encourages free and public events in all libraries in all countries on or around September 11.
one of the most exciting elements of the project is the speed by which it has developed nationally and internationally. in each of its first two years, september project events took place in all 50 states. since 2004, more than 1,100 libraries in 34 countries have hosted september project events. this year, libraries in 10 countries have signed up to participate and we are not even in july yet!

in spring, when john klockner, sarah washburn, and i began meeting to discuss this year's september project, we agreed that in order to make our site as accessible as possible, it had to be in multiple languages. with help from current and former university of washington students aljosa corovic, mark hungerford, jen rosenberg, and grace zhang, through financial help from microsoft research (which allowed us to get excellent translation help from sinometrics incorporated), and through some pretty visionary work by klockner, the september project is now accessible in chinese, english, french, german, italian, japanese, portuguese, russian, serbian, spanish, and turkish.

unfortunately, most computers, including the laptop i'm currently working on, do not have the correct fonts to read all languages, especially chinese and japanese. so i am unsure whether or not you, reader, will be able to read all of the characters below. it's certainly worth trying:

when working on things like the september project, you quickly learn that the project can - and will - develop in directions you never imagined. that said, i hope the september project will continue to grow globally and introduce itself to libraries and communities around the world.


At 6/21/2006 6:49 AM, Blogger kq said...

nicely done, sarah, klockner, and david. my laptop does evidently include all of those typefaces. and hurrah! they are transmitted legibly.


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