Monday, September 05, 2005

Planning Ahead: Beyond Preservation

We received a forwarded, sobering email from someone who had been in touch with Mississippi State Librarian Sharman Smith. The email said that damage south of Jackson was "terrible, almost incomprehensible, with the full extent of the
destruction not yet known." What is known is that at least ten libraries are completely gone and countless others damaged beyond repair. As we look to how we can help, we would do well to look beyond preservation, and think in terms of offering even more basic assistance, such as clean-up and construction. --rochelle

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