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Planning for the Future

Friday, February 17, 2012 Vietnam Institute of Oceanography started in 1922 as “Service Océanographiques des Pêches de l’Indochine and specializes in oceanography of Vietnam. One of the special collections is the records of the Expedition of Cooperation of Vietnam and China in Tonkin Gulf, 1959-1961. So far these records are in good condition. These recordsContinue reading “Planning for the Future”

Being Resourceful

Thursday, February 16, 2012 Ms. Yen, Librarian for the Vietnam Institute of Oceanography, needs to make the most of her limited resources. Here she has designed a simple protector for a fragile map. She used a poster, turned it over to the back side and made corners to hold the map in place. Maybe someContinue reading “Being Resourceful”

Visiting the Vietnam National Archives Center IV

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Today we visited the National Archives Center IV in Dalat, Vietnam. This visit was in sharp contrast to our visit to the Vietnam Institute of Oceanography. Our visit with the VNIO was quite causal and informal. Today’s meeting was very formal, complete with speeches, a gift, and several photo sessions. LindaContinue reading “Visiting the Vietnam National Archives Center IV”

Assessing Rare Books

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Today we worked with the rare books. Two years ago Yen prepared a list of rare books for review. Both Linda and Yen checked different sources to determine how widely the titles were held and if they have been digitized. From this list we selected only three titles (20 volumes) toContinue reading “Assessing Rare Books”

Visiting Vietnam Institute of Oceanography Library

Monday, February 13, 2012 Linda Pikula and I met with Yen and Van to discuss preservation and possible digitization of select portions of their library collection at the Vietnamese Institute of Oceanography Library. The biggest challenge is that the library is quite close to the ocean where ships dock. These ships bring in a lotContinue reading “Visiting Vietnam Institute of Oceanography Library”

Dealing With A Small Pipe Leak

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 We had a small pipe leak and were lucky that it happened in the day. We covered the books with plastic and were able to shut the water off quickly. Jessica Rogers and Cassandra Elton wiped the shelves, including the lip, starting from the top and working to the bottom. IfContinue reading “Dealing With A Small Pipe Leak”

Disaster Response Practice

Friday, May 27, 2011 The best way to be prepared is to practice. As school children we have practice drills on how to respond to a fire alarm. Constant practice turns into a habit. We all know how to respond to a fire alarm without even thinking. Today we had a disaster response practice drill.Continue reading “Disaster Response Practice”

Your Aunt’s Dinner Party

Thursday, May 26, 2011 What would you do if your aunt called you two days before her dinner party and informed you that due to a fire in her kitchen she wanted you to host her party at your house? OceanTeacher Academy students used this scenario to practice their disaster planning skills. We all haveContinue reading “Your Aunt’s Dinner Party”

Flattening A Book

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 Salvaging damaged books can be very time consuming, especially if they don’t dry flat. Today Caitlin Moore demonstrated how to flatten a book. First you lightly mist a page, using a mister that sprays a very fine mist, interleave with a blank piece of paper every few pages, put a boardContinue reading “Flattening A Book”

Preparing for Disasters

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 An important part of preparing for disasters is to practice and experiment before a disaster. An excellent drill is to get books wet in clean tap water and then air dry them. Get a broad range of books wet and see what happens as they dry. A couple of the booksContinue reading “Preparing for Disasters”