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Respirator Fitting

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 Because we were working with materials that were covered in mold we had to wear respirators the whole time we worked on the Czech record project. To be most effective, respirators have to be specially fit and tested for each person. This photo illustrates one of the tests they used toContinue reading “Respirator Fitting”

Book Repair at Geoscience Library

Monday, June 30, 2008 It’s a challenge supervising staff who are scattered all over. However, they’ve done an excellent job of managing themselves. At the Geoscience Library, Bu Wilson decided she was best suited to pulling books for repairwork rather than doing the repairs. Bill and Linda worked on repairs.

Book Repair at Hardin

Thursday, June 26, 2008 Although staff would like to be back at their regular work stations, they are enjoying doing something different for a change and making a difference with the collections at the Hardin Library. We’re also able to keep some of our students in pay status.

Disaster Response Summarized

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 I continued to provide the disaster recovery coordination, coming home every night exhausted. The staff at each site — Czech/Slovak Museum & Library and the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa — were phenomenal. They kept their cool. They followed all the disaster response steps — assess beforeContinue reading “Disaster Response Summarized”

Salvage Begins

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 To our great disappointment we were not able to get into the Czech/Slovak Museum/Library today due to some sort of safety hazard. We spent a lot of time waiting around at the barricade hoping to get in. But no luck. We were, however, able to get into the African American museumContinue reading “Salvage Begins”

False Start

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 The Cedar River came up fast and ugly, going way beyond the 500 year flood plain, more than 12 feet over projected flood level, exceeding all past records. On the plus side, it is receding very rapidly allowing us to begin the recovery process. Most of our cultural resources are alongContinue reading “False Start”


Sunday, June 15, 2008 We enjoyed our time at our friends – shower, food, and conversation. Back home, I discussed strategy with the Cedar Rapids Public Library Director. She has no idea when she will be allowed back in. We’re in agreement that trying to salvage first floor flood-soaked materials doesn’t make any sense. AllContinue reading “Preparation”