Crowdfunding African Culture & Libraries! What is T160K? And What Can You Do to Help?

by Naomi House, MLIS
updated 11/17/14 & originally published 12/13/14

What is T160K? And What Can You Do to Help?

T160k Timbuktu manuscript green

Back in February I presented on a panel at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa. I was incredibly excited to be placed on the community building panel with Dr. Stephanie Diakité, who was deeply involved in the work to preserve the rescued Timbuktu manuscripts including the highly successful Indiegogo campaign, Libraries in Exile. Preservation efforts for the very delicate and fragile parchment and velum included fundraising through an organization Stephanie founded called T160K, for moisture traps, archival boxes, and the additional footlockers required to safely store these manuscripts, as well as to cover the significant labor effort required to unbox and re-pack the manuscripts for preservation.

Stephanie and I got to talking about the amazing communities of librarians, preservationist and archivists that we both knew as well as the many potential projects and partners for other projects across Africa that Stephanie knew about and we decided to form a social purpose corporation dedicated to creating a crowdfunding platform for donations to vetted African culture, heritage and patrimony projects beyond and including the manuscripts.

I am excited to announce that we just launched the crowdfunding site at!

Sounds fantastic, right? So what will be on the site? What projects will you see and can donate to and how can you help?  Great questions!T160K collage dance art music circus Oct 2014

What Projects Will be On at Launch?

Currently we have several projects / partners signed up at launch including cataloging the Timbuktu rescued manuscripts in Mali, the Circus Debre Berhan in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Fendika Cultural Club in Ethiopia and West African / Mali Instruments 4 Africa.


What Can You Do?

SOCIAL MEDIA:  Share with your networks our link and the launch date. Let them know we are new crowdfunding platform for African art, culture, archives, dance, heritage and more!  Add us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and even Ello

TWEET:  I am looking to get the word out to journalists. “Are you a blogger / journalist or know one who would be interested in interviewing our team about T160K? Email Please share”  and follow us @T160K  @T160KNaomi and @T160KTony

INTERVIEW US: Do you have a blog? Are you a journalist?  We would love to do an interview with you! Email for details!

EMAIL:  Email to sign up for updates and to find out how you can help!

DONATE: Once we launch you can help by donating time to get the word out about the individual campaigns as well as donating money.


Thank you once again for your time and interest in this project. I am CMO of T160K and founder of INALJ. I appreciate your support. Library and LIS folks are the BEST!


Originally entitled What is T160K? And What Can You Do to Help? 

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 19.5 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She has also written for the 2011, 2012 & 2013 LexisNexis Government Info Pro. She presents whenever she can, most recently thrice at the American Library Association's Annual Conference as well as breakout talk presenter at OCLC EMEA in Cape Town, South Africa and as a keynote speaker at the Virginia Library Association annual meeting, at the National Press Club, McGill University, the University of the Emirates, Dubai, MLIS program and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and has relocated to being nomadic. She runs her husband’s moving labor website,, fixes and sells old houses and assists her husband cooking delicious Pakistani food as well. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


  3 comments for “Crowdfunding African Culture & Libraries! What is T160K? And What Can You Do to Help?

  1. James Cohn
    November 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm


    Would it be possible to participate in cataloging the manuscripts? I cataloged Arabic language books and audiovisual in the past, and while I don’t have any experience in cataloging Arabic manuscripts, I can read some medieval Arabic (at least Antar and a 1,001 nights)


    • November 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      We actually have people ready to be employed in the project by donations- I know the funds are going to people living and working in Mali. Email

  2. October 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Library Juice » Interview with Naomi House about T160K – Thanks to Rory Litwin. Please check out Library Juice Press: on the intersection of libraries, politics, and culture

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