Like a lot of people, I’ve been devastated to see the impact of Hurricane Sandy and wanted to find ways to help. I’ve donated to a few aid organizations, but once reports started coming in about damaged libraries, I thought that it was an opportunity for folks in LIS to get involved and focus some of our relief efforts. To facilitate that, I’ve put some information up on my blog about libraries that need donations in the hopes that we all can help out our colleagues in need.
Basically what I’ve done is identified libraries that were damaged by the storm by looking at their websites and through the help of this very useful American Libraries article. Then I tracked down their online donation information and compiled a list of a few places that were taking funds. Since we’re usually a pretty generous bunch, I’m hoping to keep track of the amount we raise too! I’m asking people to comment on my blog or on here (or message me if publicly commenting isn’t comfortable) with the amount you donated and where you ended up donating to. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #sandylibraries to share your donation!
The staff at the libraries are working very hard with limited resources to help community members locate needed supplies, information, and more, and start the recovery process. With winter (and more storms) on the way, it’s vital that libraries are able to meet the needs of patrons as effectively as possible. I know we all love our libraries and we love helping people (otherwise why would we want to be librarians?!), so I’m excited to see the response. If anyone else knows of other ways we can help these libraries, or other libraries that need our help, please share in the comments!