When the electricity goes out and stays out, what's a librarian/library to do?
"Beerbrarian" Jacob Berg, director of a small, academic library in the Washington, D.C. area, has a humorous and thought-provoking article about how his library is coping with the recent and continued power outage caused by last weekend's severe storms in the area.
He contrasts their experience from the last extended power outage during Hurricane Irene:
...library staff were relocated to a basement classroom in another building. It seemed that nobody missed us. We had a few e-mails, but no walk-ins, nobody asking about reserve books, even. It looked like a failure; a library goes dark and nobody notices.
to what they're trying this week:
I have a laptop, a smartphone, and some swag (thanks, vendors!), and I'm walking around campus offering research assistance to all who ask for it. I'm also showing initiative by asking.