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University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (Mayaguez, PR 00680-6475)
Jaquelina E. Alvarez (Project Director: November 2017 to March 2021)

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)
Preservation and Access

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$30,000 (approved)
$29,998 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2017 – 10/31/2019

NEH Chairman's Emergency Grant for the General Library at the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Hiring a collections care specialist to train staff; purchasing environmental dataloggers, dehumidifiers, and rehousing and handling supplies to stabilize collections and storage environments; and training and hiring students to rehouse collection items affected by the hurricane

The General Library of the University of Puerto Rico Mayag├╝ez Campus (UPRM) houses the majority of the campus library resources.  Although the building structure survived the wind gusts of Hurricane Maria, several skylights were blown away, and roof damage produced significant destruction and flooding on all floors.  Several irreplaceable collections were affected and require special and immediate attention.  Funding from this grant would be used to acquire minor equipment such as dehumidifiers and specialized cleaning materials necessary to control the temperature and humidity in the building.  It would also help provide for an expert in collections care who would evaluate the conditions of the specialized resources and report on the best treatment.  In addition, it would offer a workshop open to other colleagues working in libraries, archives, and museums.  This project would provide the materials, equipment, and organization for the described activities.