Libraries and librarians are the heart and soul of the September Project. Since 2004, over 1200 public, academic, school, government, and special libraries in 35 countries have hosted and organized September Project events. This year, we hope your library will join us.


sarah4Sarah Washburn is co-founder of the September Project. When Sarah isn’t reading, knitting, cooking, or taking walks in her neighborhood, she’s likely at her day job as the Library Program Manager at TechSoup . She marks as a highlight traveling around rural Northern California on the Internet Archive’s bookmobile, talking to libraries about their technology needs and sharing the impressive work of the Internet Archive. She blogs at TechSoup for Libraries.


David Silver, co-founder of the September Project, is an associate professor of media studies at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches classes on digital media and green media. Late at night, he can be found in the front yard veggie garden looking for slugs and snails. He blogs at Silver in SF.

Research Assistants

2010 Staff


Joseph Fanning is a senior Environmental Studies major at the University of San Francisco. He especially enjoys the theater arts, trying new cuisines, and speaking Spanish. He plans to pursue a career in community advocacy.

2009 Staff


Samuel Hernandez is from Salinas, California. He has one more year left at the University of San Francisco. He likes to play soccer and also enjoys exploring the city of San Francisco and walking in Golden Gate Park. He has a passion for all types of art and he loves to read. He blogs at Mi Vida en San Francisco.


Teresa Garcia is a communication studies major and media studies minor at the University of San Francisco. When she is not watching old movies, she can be found playing the piano, following medical dramas and wandering around used book stores. She blogs at First Impressions.

Contact the project at: septemberproject AT gmail DOT com

We’re grateful to the following people for their support of the project:

Michael Baldwin (Benbrook Library District), Ivan Chew (Rambling Librarian), Bill Erbes (Bensenville Community Public Library), Sandy Heierbacher (The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation), Douglas Honig (ACLU of Washington), Marsha Iverson (King County Library System), Chris Jowaisas (Texas State Library and Archives), Nancy Kranich (Past President, American Library Association), Nancy Pearl (Librarian and Author), Robert Putnam (Harvard University), Diantha Dow Schull (Americans for Libraries Council), Bernard Vavrek (Association of Rural and Small Libraries), and Kathleen Woodward (Simpson Center for the Humanities)