The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina to the Gulf Coast of the United States included damage to or the destruction of hundreds of public, school and academic libraries. While the current focus is and should be on humanitarian aid – and we urge those who can give to do so to reputable agencies like the Canadian Red Cross – the library community is already looking ahead to efforts to preserve, restore and rebuild library collections and services in the affected area.
The Canadian Library Association is accepting donations to a Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, and will issue tax receipts for donations of $25 or more.
Money collected will be sent to funds recognized by the American Library Association. It appears Louisiana has been hardest hit, and at this time plans are to send the money raised to the Louisiana Library Disaster Relief Fund.
For more information, please contact CLA Executive Director Don Butcher at firstname.lastname@example.org; 613-232-9625 ext. 306