Lucy Campbell and
Barbara Opar, Column Editor
Column by Barbara
Opar, Librarian for Architecture, Syracuse University Libraries “Quick question for you. I know that the …Library
gets rid of books every year because of space, etc., but I was wondering if
there would be a way to give those books to libraries in Puerto Rico that lost
everything after Hurricane Maria…. Who could I talk to about this?”
So began AASL’s participation in a program to help replace or add
to the University of Puerto Rico’s collection of architecture books. Rather than just send books though, AASL is
preparing a list of available titles that will then be shared with librarians
and administrators in San Juan. The AASL list is being coordinated by Gilda Santana, the head of the Architecture Library at the University of
Miami. She can be contacted via email at email@example.com or reached by telephone at 305)284-5282.
is asking fellow librarians as well as faculty to consider helping this cause.
With academic libraries being increasingly space challenged, duplicates are
indeed being weeded and often sold or discarded. Please consider adding them to
the AASL list of titles available to the University of Puerto Rico. Do you get
gift books that may be important resources but that duplicate your holdings?
Most of us do. Two such gift collections are already being added to the AASL
list with the donors delighted that their books are actually needed and will
serve a worthy purpose.
how many review copies do you get? Textbooks too could help these students.
Have duplicates yourself or just no more space at your home or office? Then
contact your AASL member librarian or Gilda Santana. These titles can be added
to our ongoing list for selection by those in Puerto Rico. DO NOT SEND ACTUAL
BOOKS now to ARR. We will present you with various options once a core group of
titles has been selected. But for now have the author, title and publication
information available for entry into the AASL document. AASL members will be
given direct access to the database; other donors will receive instructions on
how to proceed.
Rico is slowly emerging from this most recent crisis. But budget crises remain
so the AASL project can be of long-term benefit. Review your personal and
professional collections as appropriate and see if there are ways that you can
improve the education of those students struggling to get access to
architectural resources. You won’t be