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March 1, 2016

Recovery Week #2: Hawaiian-Pacific Collection Water Damage

On February 12, over 1/3 of our Hawaiian-Pacific Collection was endangered by water that fell through the ceiling from an AC condensate pan. We spent the past week assessing the damage. 52 titles have been deemed damaged beyond repair, and will be replaced if they are still being published. Another 43 items are awaiting assessment.

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We created a temporary staging area between our periodicals and Reference Collection. Please do not hesitate to ask for assistance if you’re looking for an item.

More information here.


February 22, 2016

Hawaiian-Pacific Collection–Water Damage Update–Week 1

As you may recall, on February 12, over 1/3 of our Hawaiian-Pacific collection was damaged by water that fell through the ceiling from an AC condensate pan. We spent the past week acquiring wood and cement blocks, and made a plan-of-action for dealing with the damaged items. Of the 700 titles that were pulled from the collection, well over half are waiting to be sent back to the shelves. The remaining 261 titles are being treated for water damage.

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For information about acquiring Hawaiian-Pacific resources that are not listed above or are not located in the Hawaii-Pacific Resource Room, please reference this Libguide.

Pictures from week 1 of the restoration process:

February 15, 2016
by Wayde Oshiro

Partial Closure of Hawaiian-Pacific Collection Effective Immediately

On Friday February 12, the Library’sIMG_3585 Hawaiian-Pacific Collection, 3rd Floor, suffered serious water damage after an AC condensate pan in the ceiling dumped 15-20 gallons of accumulated water onto several book shelf ranges. Library staff immediately moved 1,000 volumes to the outside lanai for assessment. Several dozen volumes deemed difficult to replace were transported to the UHM Hamilton Library cold storage facility for freezing. Approximately 700 volumes were left to air dry in our Quiet Study Area over the weekend.

This week, librarians and staff under the direction of Keahiahi Long, Hawaii-Pacific Resources Librarian, and Jue Wang, Technical Services Librarian, will begin the process of assessing the damaged volumes and determining whether titles can be preserved and retained, or must be replaced. The books in cold storage will be evaluated at a later date under the professional guidance of the UHM Libraries Preservation Department.

The Library is taking immediate action to preserve affected materials and will order replacements, as available and necessary, but the short-term impact on students is that approximately one-third of the Hawaiian-Pacific Collection is unavailable. Librarians will make every attempt to locate needed materials, but be aware that H-P materials at the majority of UH System libraries are not available for intra-campus loan so students may need to travel to other campuses for access.

The Library will provide further updates on our collection recovery via this blog. Special thanks to Didier Lenglare and Eileen Cain for their offers of assistance and support in the immediate aftermath and recovery last week.

Mahalo for your understanding and support.

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