Bloggers meet Gulf Coast Librarians
Short summary for now — full details including photos (lots of them) to be posted later. Leslie and Alan hosted a marvelous event that brought together 50+ bloggers as well as more than a dozen librarians from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Besides the food, fun, laughter and networking that occured, it was a chance for those in the biblioblogosphere to hear first hand about what the libraries in this region still need to get back on their feet.
The message was this: At this point they have no more room or ability to store donated books and used book drives are not going to get them where they need to go at this point. What they need is money to rebuild, rewire, purchase equipment, get the books out of storage and on to shelves so that they can begin to offer a full-range of services again. They are so appreciative of all that has been done to help rebuild, but they still have a long way to go and the real tragedy here is the lack of cold hard cash from a federal level to get back on their feet. Get this message out to your colleagues, your local press and to anyone else who might be able to help.
It was great to meet so many new people last night and I am already anticipating the next big blogger gathering — wherever that may be.