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Archive for February, 2011

Earthquake Tour

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

We usually think of California when we think earthquakes in the U.S., but one of the most significant earthquakes to strike in North America actually happened in the New Madrid Seismic Zone two hundred years ago. Check out this site to see information about the “Earthquake Tour,” commemorating the bicentennial of the New Madrid quake in 1811.  The tour begins tomorrow (Feb. 4, 2011) and continues on through this year with sessions in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and the other states adjacent to the New Madrid fault.  Be sure to explore the “Quick Links” section, especially the wonderful “Great Central U.S. Shakeout” site at   The Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) site at is also a rich resource for increasing awareness and knowledge about earthquakes and for advice about how to be prepared and stay safe in an earthquake.

Update: Central Library @ University of Canterbury

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

On September 4, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch, New Zealand, resulting in considerable damage to the area. One building that was severely impacted by the earthquake was the Central Library at the University of Canterbury. After months of renovation, the library is scheduled to fully open this month.

Click on this URL for pictures of the library after the earthquake:

Click on this URL for an FAQ on the status of the Central Library:

Winter Storm Update

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Many libraries are closed today from Oklahoma to New England. Academic health sciences libraries closed today include, University of North Texas/Fort Worth, University of Oklahoma, University of Kansas/Kansas City, Saint Louis University, University of Missouri (Columbia and Kansas City), and the Library of Health Sciences/Chicago. The Greater Midwest Region of the NN/LM is closed today and all calls are being forwarded to their buddy RML in Los Angeles.

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Major Winter Storm

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

A major winter storm will be impacting libraries over the next two days from Texas to Maine. Currently, some academic health sciences libraries have closed in northern Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Other closings are anticipated as the storm moves northeastward. You can keep track of closing announcements by following NEPRTimes on the left side of the Toolkit.

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