As you know, Vermont was hit hard by Hurricane Irene and a lot of resultant flooding. I am fine and my house is fine. I’m not sure what the library damage assessment is at this point but I’ve been hanging close to the Vermont Flooding facebook page and doing some “on the fly” reference with some of the local information I have access to. I came across this post on the Roxbury Free Library’s facebook page and smiled. I hope she gets a ride.
As may be obvious, I’m a little behind on my feeds. The good news is that there’s a lot of good stuff there. The bad news is that you may have seen some of it. Here are a few quickie notes that I think merit some attention. My apologies if you’ve all seen them before. My personal goal is to be all caught up on feeds by the time I leave for ALA — Thursday morning — and don’t get behind again. I think it’s doable.
- ALA’s Poor People’s Policy – Laura Crossett talks about a few things her library has done to remove financial barriers to library services for poor patrons.
- Librarian 2.0 and hockey and you. Ryan Deschamps does a little outreach, without books!
- Andrea Mercado talks about what the what is as far as Twitter goes and notes some useful Twitter tools.
- Ken Varnum looks at the ways the Iowa flood is being covered online. When I mentioned the Cedar Rapids public library yesterday, I was heartened to see that the library’s website had information about the library closures and the flood. It was just three years ago that Katrina hit and many New Orleans area library websites weren’t able to respond on their websites in anything approaching real time. While the floods remain a tragedy, this is progress in a library technology and service arena.
- The American Library Association’s International Relations Committee has prepared a detailed history of the “independent library” movement in Cuba and how IFLA and ALA see their relationship to it. Kathleen de la Peña McCook has put the report sumary online with links to relevant online material.
- Mary Minow gives Vermont libraries a high five over our strengthened patron privacy rules.
The heartbreaking story of the Cedar Rapids public library. Information on the flooding and an address to send donations. Photos and up to date flooding information at the Cedar Rapids Library home page.
One of my not-right-away plans once my job is done is to go back to Australia and do some consulting for the State Library of South Australia in Adelaide. Tara linked to their amazing digital library archives last week. Seems like there may be some book restoration to do in the area as well since the Barr Smith library at the University of Adelaide was flooded on Friday as the result of damage to a water main.