May 26, 2022

University of Illinois Librarian to Help Puerto Rican Libraries with Disaster Recovery

From the University of Illinois News Service:

Miriam Centeno, the collections care coordinator for the University of Illinois Library, will spend two weeks in January in Puerto Rico helping librarians assess and repair damage to their collections from Hurricane Maria.

Centeno will work as a consultant at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus. She’ll lead a four-day program for library staff, training them to assess the library’s collections, conduct cleaning and rehousing of damaged materials, and develop disaster preparedness plans.

Centeno, a native of Puerto Rico, previously worked at the Library of Congress in collections care. While there, she assisted in disaster preparedness workshops offered by the Library of Congress in Puerto Rico. At the U. of I. Library, Centeno is responsible for the print and paper collections of the library – overseeing binding, repairs and housing of materials, as well as environmental monitoring and climate control, integrated pest management and disaster preparedness.

The University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus library applied for and was awarded an emergency grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for disaster recovery related to preservation of and access to materials in the library.

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