Library Damage from the Hurricanes

The American Library Association (ALA) has posted an update on their efforts to assess the damage caused by the recent hurricanes and flooding, across the Southeast US. Some of it is depressing – one library is described as ” just a slab left”, other parts are hopeful (archivists and librarians were quick to begin drying various collections in those libraries with water damage, and were working to stop mold damage).

Some of these libraries are asking for donations – if you see something you can help with (a spare PC that you no longer use, etc.), you can find contact information in the article.

I mention it because they discuss some genealogy collections, as well as archives of records that genealogists would be interested in. This kind of thing makes the push to digitize as much genealogy information as possible and get it distributed on the internet all that much more important.

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