Today, members from the UHM Society of American Archivists student chapter, went to the Hawaiian Historical Society for a stack cleaning service project. Housekeeping is important for any collection -- dusting and checking for mold and pests helps to preserve the collection, and should be done regularly.
We started out replacing burnt-out fluorescent bulbs (that were 8 feet long!) and applied UV filters to any that needed it. Some bulbs had an existing glass UV filter tube around them, which we simply slid the bulbs in and out of. The UV film sleeves, came rolled up and were wrapped around the bulbs. Read more about the damaging effects of UV light and the importance of applying UV filters to protect your collection(s), at the Northeast Document Conservation Center's website.
While dusting the collection, we checked for signs of mold, or frass (that's bug poops for you non-library peeps). We often found ourselves distracted by the awesomeness of the collection!
A big MAHALO to Nicki and Jennifer from the HHS, who were so thoughtful and fun to work with! They reimbursed anyone who drove for the cost of their metered-parking, and provided a great lunch of Chinese food, and made us take all the leftovers since they said they remembered being starving grad students. lol! I had a great time working with everyone, and such a special collection.
Last semester, my LIS 615 Collection Management class, was fortunate to have Nicholas A. Basbanes as a guest speaker. (Thanks Dr. Wertheimer!) I ordered his book, On Paper-The Everything of its Two-Thousand-Year History, that night, and thoroughly enjoyed it -- especially the parts at the end, which address the tragedy of 9/11, and paper's role. It was quite moving, and I teared-up a bit while reading it. If you're interested in librarianship or archives, I highly recommend you read this, as paper is a medium you will encounter throughout your career (despite technology). It shows how society has affected paper / manufacturing, and vice-versa. I felt a strong reverence for the medium as I read the book.
In the summer of 2014, I visited the 9/11 memorial in NYC. It was a solemn and beautiful memorial and seeing all the lives lost due to the events of that day, was heartbreaking. As I continued towards Washington DC, I asked my friend if we could stop at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Memorial, located at the campus of the National Emergency Training Center, in Emmitsburg, MD (thanks to my Yelp app). These photos donʻt do the memorials justice...
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