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More on the flood at Univ of Hawaii-Manoa.

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Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 12:03:28 -0700
From: Carol A Edwards <cedwards@xxxxxxxx>
To: ARCHIVES@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: FW: Massive destruction at University of Hawaii at Manoa  Library

In case list members haven't seen this terrible news yet -


Carol A. Edwards
USGS Field Records Library
MS 914, Box 25046, Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225-0046
email: cedwards@xxxxxxxx
phone: 303-236-1005
fax: 303-236-1015

Julie Sweetkind-Singer <sweetkind@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent by: waml-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
11/01/2004 10:28 AM

To: WAML <waml@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Calmap <calmap@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: FW: Massive destruction at University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

Hi all,

This came from the Govdoc-L list this morning via Linda Zellmer.

I'll be talking to Mabel later today and will send through an update when
I hear more.


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On Saturday night, a flash flood swept through the University of Hawaii
at Manoa campus in Honolulu. The flood crested at about six feet on the
ground floor of the main library, where the government documents and map
collections, as well as our technical services departments, are located.
The force of the flood water was so great that it knocked out walls,
broke windows, moved fully loaded map cases, and knocked over our
stacks. Fortunately, the flood occurred at 8:00 p.m. and the library was
closed. The few people inside were able to escape.

Needless to say, our collection suffered extremely heavy damage. At this
point, we are trying to salvage our air photos and rare maps. Almost
everything was under water as only the top shelves of the few stacks
left standing are dry. It appears that we will be able to save very
little of our collections.

We will be working to rebuild our collections over the coming months and
years. We have been a federal depository since 1907 and a regional since
1977. We are also a United Nations depository. If at all possible, I
request that you hold onto large runs of material on your withdrawal
lists, as we will undoubtedly be requesting documents on a grand scale.

Our campus servers are still down, including email. The library servers
were also on the ground floor of the library, and we are trying to clean
them up and recover the data.

Here are a couple of pieces of advice: (1) Make sure you have your staff
members' phone numbers at home so in an emergency you can reach everyone
to make sure they are safe and to mobilize people for disaster response.
(2) Back up your office computer and take the disks home with you. All
of our computers went swimming, so we don'tt even know if we can find
them, much less recover the data on the hard drives.

In a situation like this, all you can say is, At least we don't have to
worry about retrospective cataloging now!

Gwen Sinclair
Head of Government Documents & Maps
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
temporary e-mail: ouz09ges@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Julie Sweetkind-Singer
Head Librarian; GIS & Map Librarian
Branner Earth Sciences Library & Map Collections
397 Panama Mall, M/C 2211
Stanford University
Stanford, CA  94305
Phone:  650-725-1102

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