Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

April, 2011

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Let's just suppose that your roof has collapsed in a thunderstorm and all your family treasures are wet. 

Q: What should you do? 

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Earlier this week, I stated that moisture can be dangerous for cultural heritage materials.

High humidity promotes mold growth, corrosion, and degradation, while excessive dryness can cause drying and cracking. Fluctuations between extremes can cause warping, buckling and flaking.

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 Most people don't think of South Carolina as an earthquake zone. But, it is. Seismic activity above 2.0 on the Richter scale has been measured more than 71 times since 1973 -- and this leaves out many of the lesser tremors that get measured by gauges but which humans tend not to notice. 

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In 2007, the Beaufort County Library was awarded a Connecting to Collections Core Collections Bookshelf.

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The BDC Research Room is only open from 10 am until 1 pm on Wed., Apr. 27th.

Dennis Adams will be in the Research Room to assist you.

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 In 2005 the first comprehensive national survey of the condition and preservation needs of the nation’s collections reported that U.S. institutions hold more than 4.8 billion items. (By the way, the BDC participated in the 2005 survey.) 

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Alice Connelly Moore will be reading from her book of poems and essays, Inspired Words, in the BDC@Beaufort Branch program,Thurs., May 5th beginning at 2:00 pm. The program is free.

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The BDC Research Room must close a half-day on Wed., Apr. 27th.

Please make plans to do your research between 10 am until 1 pm on Apr. 27th.

We must close at 1 pm for the day due to staff and substitute staff shortages and prior obligations of the BDC@ The Branches series.

We are sorry to have to inconvenience you, but so few can only do so much.

BDC Research Room Hours for Wed., Apr. 27th

OPEN 10 am - 1 pm
CLOSED 1 pm - 5 pm

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The American Library Association released its 2011 State of American Libraries Report on April 11th. 

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One of the duties of the Beaufort District Collection is to share information about non-fiction books relating to the history, culture, and environment of our county in the BDC@ The Branches series.

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A number of web sites, Civil War organizations, or magazines with components (some online) are commemorating the Firing on Fort Sumter 150 years ago today. Here are just a few:

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During a conversation with Dr. Larry Rowland in the BDC Research Room a couple of months ago, the subject of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration came up.

Dr. Rowland maintains that the Ordinance of Secession did not cause the start of the Civil War; the firing on Fort Sumter caused the Civil War. If cooler heads had prevailed, he said, the United States government just might have let the seceded states go peaceably. The firing on the federal fort is what made concession impossible.

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Poet Amy Jenkins Bassett has graciously agreed to present a reprise of this program at the Lobeco Branch Library on Tues., April 26th beginning at 4 pm.

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The BDC Research Room is closed for lunch, Noon to 1 pm, today, April 7th. (We have to comply with Federal labor laws you know!)

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We are pleased to host Naturalist and Photographer Marvin Bouknight on Wed., April 20th in a BDC@ Beaufort Branch program on our area's plant and animal life. We are starting the program at 6 pm.

He will have copies of his book, South Carolina's Lowcountry ... Naturally available for sale and will autograph your copy should you request it.

Richard Brooks of Bluffton Today wrote a review which includes images from Bouknight's work.

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