With the Midwest floods hitting the news, Kerry Rodgers submitted the following, which might be of interest to some bibliomaniacs. -EditorI touched base with Greg Lambousy at the New Orleans Mint Museum this week. I enquired about First Aid measures a collector might take in the event of a deluge affecting their collection or library - before they call in the experts. I was concerned as much about the things not to do as the things to do. Greg is right up with the play following the Mint Museum's experience with Katrina.
Greg as it turns out is part of the AIC-Collections Emergency Response Team and expects to be called out to Cedar Rapids this coming week. As such he is a bit pressed for time. He suggests that in the first instance collectors may like to refer to the link of the Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Committee of the American Institute for Conservation: http://aic.stanford.edu/committee/committees_taskforces/emergency/
He suggested anyone interested can follow the links to find information on recovery of water damaged objects. Could be worth squirreling this info away for a rainy day!
So far I have poked around in >Public Info >Caring for your treasures > and then >Books and then >Documents. And note that at the bottom of the "Caring for your treasures" page is a link to books to help you. It is a start. Makes great and useful reading.
I have a personal interest in this. I came home one evening to find my next door neighbour had been using a high powered water blaster. The jet had penetrated under my back door and doused a collection of historic checks! We'll ignore the state of the carpet!
Steve Feller, ex-editor IBNS Journal reports his house - and collection - and library - are above the flood in Cedar Rapids. His college, however, has undergone total immersion!
To visit the AIC web site, see: Emergency Preparedness, Response, And Recovery Committee
Wayne Homren, Editor
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