Be sure to read the articles in the October
2005 issue of Information Outlook featuring the library
community's response to the storms including "First Hand
Thoughts on the Storm", by our chapter President, Lisl Zach.
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SLA's Information Professionals'
Alliance on Natural Disasters and Accidents blog: http://slablogger.typepad.com/ipandanet
- For our members affected by Hurricane Katrina - a message
from LaSoMi President, Lisl Zach:
write to you today not only in my capacity as president of the
Louisiana/Southern Mississippi chapter, but also as someone
affected by the phenomenal tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. The devastation we are experiencing is overwhelming, and
the coming weeks and months will continue to be difficult. Slowly but surely, however, we will begin to recover and
meantime, all of your friends in the Special Libraries
Association community want to know that you are safe. When you reach a point where you can,
contact me to confirm your safety and that of your family and let
me know how we can reach you.
Also, please let us know of any emergency needs you have, with which we might
be able to assist. Many, many of your friends and colleagues around the
world very much want to help you towards recovery.
have already received offers from your fellow
members who are willing to provide transportation out of the
affected region. There
are also offers to provide food and lodging. These offers are being posted on a special Weblog set up
. You can reach it
at http://slablogger.typepad.com/ipandanet. There, you can also share your experiences and read what
others have to say. When
you’re ready, the kind of sharing facilitated by this new
technology can be cathartic, and you will find that people
around the world will use technology like this to reach out to
you and offer their supportive thoughts and prayers. While original posts must be sent to
can add to existing posts very easily by clicking on the
“Comment” link at the end of each post.
be in touch with you in the coming weeks to see if there is
anything more that SLA
can do beyond responding to your immediate need for health and
safety. For now,
please know that all of your colleagues in Louisiana, southern Mississippi, across our nation, and, indeed, around the world are thinking
about you and praying for you, your families and friends, and
all of those dealt a blow by this terrible catastrophe.
SLA LaSoMi Chapter
School of Library & Information Science
Louisiana State University
September 2, 2005; posted September 6, 2005)