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ERIC Number: EJ762345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1542-4715
A Different Kind of Disaster Donation
Johnson, Mary J.
Library Media Connection, v25 n2 p40-41 Oct 2006
As one natural disaster after another seemed to define the year 2005, library workers across the nation generously donated money, materials, and labor to help victims and damaged institutions recover. Some librarians donated to specific institutions, while others donated to more general charities. Many worried about media reports of fraudulent practices that surfaced following each disaster. After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in August, the library staff of one Colorado middle school hit upon a donation solution that was personal, meaningful, fraud-proof, and uniquely "librarian" in intent. Karen Bertel, assistant principal at Timberview Middle School in Colorado Springs and a New Orleans native, provided the personal connection. She and the author served for many years as library media specialists in Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs. Karen's sister, Lynne Ford, is a Louisiana librarian at Cypress Cove Elementary School in St. Tammany Parish. Though her school escaped serious damage, Lynne and her husband, Joe, have housed their extended families since Hurricane Katrina hit. In this article, the author presents an email written by Bertel to her school staff in the days after the hurricane and relates the value of the cassette recorder donated by the library staff.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Louisiana