Two illustrations of ocean-going ships sail across a lovely map dated 1584. From “Didaco Mendezio Auctore. La Florida/auctore Hieron” by Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598)
In the lab today are some beautiful maps that will be loaned to Duke University’s Nasher Museum for an exhibit in the fall.
While most of the maps are in good condition, some need conservation beforehand. Rachel has been doing some dry cleaning, and Grace is washing a few to remove old repairs and stains. Once the conservation is done, we will help to mount them so they can be matted and framed at the Nasher.
I had big plans to get a lot done today, then I read my email. Overnight we had a leak on the fourth floor. Luckily (?!) a student was sitting right there when it happened, so the overnight staff was alerted quickly and sprang into action.
Shortly after arriving on scene, our head of Shipping & Receiving told me he discovered the problem: a roof hatch was accidentally left open and the pooled water leaked from the mechanical room on the fifth floor to the fourth level where it founds its way out into the stacks.
Nothing was damaged, which is kind of amazing considering the ceiling tile fell down and there is about three inches of water in that large trash can. Our thanks goes out to:
- The anonymous student who happened to be studying in that very spot and who alerted staff to the problem (I wish I knew who you were!).
- Library staff, Annette, Stephanie and Stephen for their quick response.
- Charles and Pat from Shipping who helped identify the problem.
- Lester from Facilities who came this morning to fix the problem.
- Donny from Housekeeping who helped clean up the water.
- Jennifer from Conservation for help with draping more plastic this morning, and for re-ordering supplies for the disaster closet.
Hopefully I’m not forgetting anyone, if I am, thank you! Disaster response is truly a team effort and it is so heartening to see our team work together.
For Preservation Week we are sharing a “Day In The Lab” montage. Today the lab is full of activity and fun projects. Who would suspect that all of this goes on under your feet as you walk into the library? Hope you had a great Preservation Week.
Help Wanted: You Can Help Keep Our Collections In Good Condition (installed 10/2/12)
On display in Perkins Library, Lower Level 1, Room 023. Open during regular library hours.
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