Saturday, April 15, 2006
Too much of a good thing?
It has been suggested in some quarters that if we are running out of space to store our collections until Hamilton is
rebuilt, perhaps we don't need to acquire replacements for all of the documents destroyed in the flood. The questioners make
a couple of assumptions: first, that even though we needed the documents before the flood, somehow the flood has changed our
requirements; and second, that there are electronic versions available and for some reason we are insisting upon keeping printed
copies instead of relying upon the electronic versions. I have said many times that most of the documents in our collection
are not available electronically and won't be for some years, but apparently no one believes me.
No one would be making these kinds of suggestions if the Hawaiian collection had been destroyed in the flood, but federal
government documents seem to be a target for everyone these days.
As a regional federal depository library, we are required to maintain a comprehensive collection of federal
documents. If we are not going to be allowed to replace substantial parts of our collection, I question how we can continue
to fulfill our mission as a regional depository.
The Belfor Hillbillies
About 20 librarians, staff members, and volunteers converged on Dole Cannery on March 31 to attack a mountain of over
900 Belfor boxes. Armed with box cutters, these individuals opened each box and sorted them, in the process uncovering many
forgotten gems. Included in the pile of treasures were about 20 boxes of material for University Archives, 300 boxes to stay
at Dole, 500 boxes to be shelved at Sinclair Library, and a few boxes of dirty books that smelled like the basement, if you
can remember that. Many thanks to all who braved a torrential downpour to get there: Jodie Mattos, Paul Wermager, Kris Anderson,
Eileen Herring, Tess Sotelo, Megan Teruya, Joe Murphy, Gregg Geary, Jim Cartwright. Also joining us were Andrew Madey and
Mark Kawamoto, two high school students performing community service.