University of Haway Manoa Library disaster - Flooding. Latest news.
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From: Eileen Herring <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: UH Manoa Library update
First of all, I want to thank everyone who took the time to send messages
of sympathy and offers of support. It was wonderful to read every single
one of them after a long day in the mud! Here's where we stand at the
The library faculty and staff have spent the last 7 days crawling in the
mud and mold salvaging what we could from the maps and government
documents collections. I lost track of how many 40 foot freezers (shipping
containers) that we filled. Five or six I think. Don't even want to think
about the work that will be involved in actually cleaning and restoring
the items that are in them!
The Library Systems and Desktop Network Services people have done an
awesome job! We now have a new proxy server upin the other library
building and all of our databases and electronic journals are once again
available to our patrons! They have also brought up our Web server. The
new Voyager server has been brought up and back up information loaded. The
newer backup is being salvaged and when it is loaded it appears that we
wont have lost any data. Cross your fingers!
We now have electricity (but no phones, elevators, or A/C) in Hamilton
Library Addition. Nothing yet available in the Main part of Hamilton
Library. The guys from Texas arrived last night and they promise their
generators can give us lights, elevators and a/c in the main building!
Here are some Web sites with photos of the flood damage:
Let me take this opportunity to remind everyone to have a disaster plan
and to review it freqently especially if you are in administration. The
rest of us will be looking to you for profoundly practical strategies to
handle EVERY sitaution with total wisdom :)
A couple of specific suggestions - don't just back up your computer files.
Have backups at home or in another building (or another island, or.....)
It won't help to have your backups on your desk in situations like this.
Have an institutional credit card available or an account at a place that
can provide an amazingly large quantity of paper towels, waxed paper,
clothes line, clothes pins, tape, boxes (and boxes and more boxes), and
Lots more rain on Friday and yesterday (measured one inch in 20 minutes at
my house), but it's sunny today and I'm taking the day off!
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