A message from New Zealand’s Acting National Librarian, posted on the blog of LIANZA, the national professional organization for the New Zealand library and information management community:
The National Library staff in Christchurch are all safe, although some staff have severely damaged homes and may not be able to move back in to them. … The Christchurch offices in Manchester Street are badly damaged and have been red stickered. The ability to salvage assets and belongings is unknown at this stage. The building remains within the cordon. …
Conservation staff are working out what support they may be able to provide once we know if there are heritage collections which have been damaged in the quake.
The post has been recently updated with more detail. Read the full post here, http://www.lianza.org.nz/blog/2011/feb/22/our-thoughts-go-out-people-christchurch.
From the SLA Blog:
Libraries and SLA members have been affected by the disaster, and the SLA Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Advisory Council is in communication with the Australia and New Zealand Chapter to provide support.
Read the full post here.
Our thoughts go out to our friends and colleagues in Christchurch.