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Flooding in the Midwest

Friday, May 6th, 2011

NASA has provided us with a couple of images that speak volumes about the extent of the flooding in the midwest, particularly where the Mississippi River joins the Ohio.  Take a look here: on their Earth Observatory site.  The article that follows the pictures is also interesting, and helps shed light on what has happened there in the past two weeks.

New Salvage and Recovery Site from NLM

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

An announcement from NLM:

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, announces a new Web site, “Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency.”

First responders in library or museum emergencies frequently address a multitude of risks, both to themselves and to cultural objects in the stewardship of their institutions. In addition, responders may be called upon to recover items that normally would fall outside their areas of expertise and require immediate attention. “Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency” will assist responders with readily-accessible onsite training as they engage in disaster situations affecting cultural heritage items.

The Web site includes links to short instructional videos that provide a visual training for institutional staff tasked with stabilizing collections affected by water. Building recovery, disaster preparedness, and health risks are also covered on the Web site. In the spirit of NLM’s Mobile MedlinePlus and other mobile programs, “Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency” is accessible via handheld devices in order to facilitate remote access.

This NLM Web site was a collaborative effort of the History of Medicine Division, National Network Office and Preservation and Collection Management Section (Library Operations), the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications (Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications) and the Office of Computer and Communications Systems, among others.


Flooding at the Ferndale Public Library

Monday, January 17th, 2011

On Thanksgiving Day, flooding occurred at the Ferndale Public Library (Michigan) when the library’s rainwater treatment system malfunctioned. The library is currently closed and is hoping to open again in February. Click on this URL,, for a very nice update of the situation from the Ferndale Library Board of Trustees.

Update: Cedar Rapids Public Library Flooding (2008)

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Back in June 2008, five feet of water rushed into the Cedar Rapids Public Library from the nearby Cedar River. Two-thirds of the library’s collection was lost and the remaining materials were relocated to another temporary site. Plans for a new Cedar Rapids Public Library have now been released with a completion date of July 2013.