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Librarian Relief Fund From VLA

Photo by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region on Flickr

The Vermont Library Association is launching the Librarian Relief Fund to assist librarians who suffered personal property damages as a result of Hurricane Irene. You’ve likely seen the devastation on the news. What you don’t always see though is the extremely long, labor intensive process of cleaning up after something like this. It’ll take people in these communities a long time to get “back to normal.”

A lot of folks did not have flood insurance, and people are going to need support above what federal and state agencies can offer. If you feel inclined to help a librarian in need, please consider making a donation or sharing this post. You can donate online here, or you can mail a contribution to:

Vermont Library Association | Attn: Librarian Relief Fund | P.O. Box 803 | Burlington, VT 05402

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Amazing Flood Story

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out this story about the University of Iowa library’s response to rising floodwaters.  When I read about the library’s call for volunteers and the number of people who came and volunteered to move all the rare books to safety, I got a little choked up.  People always amaze me in times of crisis.  The flooding here in the Midwest is terrible.  The worst inconvenience I have faced so far is a few annoying detours that delayed me.  But seeing things like this and people’s homes under water and farmer’s crops ruined, it puts a few hours delay in perspective.

There are also a few pictures on the University’s Flickr site.