Monthly Archives: November 2012

I Got Quoted

In response to a question about quotes used as part of your email .signature…I went WAY back.

Associates:The Electronic Support Staff Journal November 2012

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. Emerson

My life’s a soap opera…isn’t yours? Opal Gardiner Courtland, All My Children
Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased. Thus do we refute entropy. Spider Robinson
The serenity to accept the things i cannot change, the courage to change the things i can and the wisdom to know the difference
Meaning accumulates in the oddest of nooks and crannies of our lives, while the vast halls of public history are swept clean again and again by the winds of time. J. Barnstead
But, dammit, life’s too short to wear ugly underwear! Pat ‘Jezebel’ Kight
Anyone with a personally fulfilling lifestyle simply lives it with zest and self-focus. Celeste West

Barbara Trumpinski-Roberts, Funk Library, Urbana, Illinois.


Does Your Library Have a Disaster Plan?

Ours does. At least we are constantly working to update procedures and make sure that we are prepared for everything from terrorist attacks to tornadoes. *

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education describes what happened when Hurricane Sandy hit the NYU library on October 30, 2012.

“The force of the water was tremendous,” said Paula De Stefano, head of the university’s preservation and conservation department. “Furniture was moved, metal was twisted. It was really pretty amazing.”

The floodwaters wiped out most of the library’s on-site print collections, along with study spaces and work areas, according to an update posted on Monday on the NYU Health Sciences Libraries’Web site. The storm also knocked out essential equipment and access to electronic resources and services, and the staff has been working overtime, remotely, to get the online operation up and running again.

The article includes links to different resources that can provide assistance in case of a library disaster which were posted by Jason Kucsma,  executive director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council including:

It’s not likely that Illinois will face a hurricane in the near future (unless the New Madrid fault drops everything west of the Mississippi into the Pacific) but what happened to New York libraries and other east coast libraries just a few weeks ago is a serious reminder that libraries, like Boy Scouts, should be prepared