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We can help you apply

We're now helping flood victims get disaster assistance through the federal government's website.

We know a lot of folks who were flooded don't have computers or access to them, but we have a lot that are available.

The process is actually pretty simple. The site is well-designed and fairly intuitive, but, again, we're here to help.

If you come in to apply through the website, please bring specific date-of-birth information and Social Security numbers for all affected people in your family. Know about your insurance, too. And we'll need an email address so you can get notified. Likewise, you'll need to know your bank account number and a good address were FEMA can send you information.

The application process takes about 30 minutes.

Come on in.

Wet photo information

A wonderful group of students from the University of Texas School of Information showed how to preserve and conserve water-damaged documents and photos during their workshop here at the library on Saturday.

We have received quite a collection of photos that are drying out on our tables and floors. We will be moving those things to the Katherine Ann Porter School today and tomorrow, because we just don't have space here.

We also have some good information on how to conserve your photos or documents. Just drop by and pick up a copy.

Thanks to the UT volunteers for their help with this project!

Flood damages

More and more photos and other items are coming into the library, thanks to people who plucked them from flood waters or found them in debris.

If you lost things in the flood, come by. We don't have much yet, but it might be worth looking.

We also just got information from the University of Texas people who restore damaged textiles and books, photos, etc., and they said don't toss your damaged goods yet. In fact, they suggested a first step toward salvaging would be to freeze them.

Flood victims are urged to contact the iSchool for advice on conservation at 512-903-9564 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Good luck!

Have flood-damaged materials?

Conservators and students from the University of Texas School of Information will present a workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30, at the library on how to save flood-damaged materials.

Anyone can attend; admission is free.

The workshop will teach people how to dry and clean water-damaged books, papers and photos so they can stabilize their own collections at home.

If you come, bring some examples of damaged items.

Pre-registration is required, and only 10 participants will be allowed.

Register by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Very unfunny

One of my favorite comic strips in the newspaper is Zits, the continuing saga of a teen-age boy who is old enough to drive ... and to drive his parents crazy.

A few days ago, Jeremy, the hapless lad featured in the strip, used a credit card that got hacked to buy an essay online to turn in as his own at his high school.

Needless to say, he got found out, and the teacher, somewhat surprised, confronted him with the accusation that he'd plagiarized his assignment.

No, Jeremy responded, adding: "You could think of it as a repurposed, vintage, crowd-sourced effort."

Ha. Ha. Heh. Eh. Hmmm.

Not funny.

Plagiarism is probably the most notable sin in academia today, made so easy it's laughable by the omniscience of the internet. (In second place, it seems, is the kind of scientific misadventure that made the pages of The New York Times today.)

My beef with the writers of the Zits strip is this: He got grounded for two weeks. Two weeks.

When I was a college professor, you could kick a kid out of class forever for plagiarizing. That's a little more serious than being grounded for two weeks.

The strip-writers flubbed this one. They should have thrown the book at Jeremy or, because that might not be funny, they should have left plagiarism alone as a strip topic.