Katrina and Rita: Lest We Forget

By Teresa Koltzenburg | Over at Stephen's Lighthouse, Stephen Abram points to a really useful and visual technology tool, a map that illustrates just how widespread the damage is to libraries that were in the paths of Katrina and Rita. Created within the Normative Data Project, the map, says Abram, "presents information on the libraries that were substantially damaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita."

Some of the affected libraries' conditions are listed as:
  • "destroyed";
  • "condemned";
  • "no longer exists";
  • "total loss";
  • "major damage";
  • "catastrophic structural and flood damage";
  • "...Mold is everywhere"; and
  • "...building may be abandoned."
Sobering indeed.