2. WRAP-UP ON FLOOD BOOK RECOVERY
We have completed the book recovery effort made necessary by the February 1998 flood. 75,000 wet books were sent to the freezer, dried, cleaned, and returned to SUL/AIR. The process is described in detail on the Web at
Of the 75,000 books that were damaged, three percent required commercial rebinding; two percent required in-house repair; and fewer than one percent (400 volumes) were beyond salvage and require replacement. In addition, 700 microfilm reels and 140 inches of microfiche were replaced.
All of the rebound materials have been returned from the commercial bindery. About 300 of these are still charged to "Bindery" because they await final processing in Binding and Finishing. Books needing in-house repair have been charged out to "Repair." The "dead books" - those too damaged or dirty to recover - have been officially withdrawn and reordered. Some replacements for these dead books have already arrived; the remainder will trickle in from various out-of-print sources over the next year or so.
Since all books have been returned and reshelved, charged to a regular repair or bindery status, or withdrawn and reordered, no books are in FLOOD-ITEM limbo. We believe that all traces of the Current Location: FLOOD-ITEM classification have been removed from the OPAC. That designation was applied in February to item records with call numbers that placed them on the bottom shelves of Green Library's Lower Level. For details on how this was accomplished, see the Web at
If you encounter any OPAC entries that cause flood-related confusion, please write or call me.
Allow me to again express my unlimited admiration and gratitude to all of you who applied your considerable brain power, talents, and energy to this complicated and extremely successful recovery effort.