Thursday, June 22, 2006

Zimmerman Updates

A letter to University of New Mexico faculty has been posted on the University Libraries website. Other than that they hope to reopen the first floor on Monday (June 26th), there is no way to make the situation sound good: "As many of you already know, on April 30, there was a fire in the basement of the Zimmerman Library that destroyed some periodicals and damaged many more. Among the areas completely destroyed were history, Latin American studies, Native American studies, Hispanic studies and African-American studies. Other damaged areas were geography, anthropology, archaeology, religion, philosophy, and cultural studies.

"All the surviving periodicals and microforms were shipped out of state for cleaning and further assessment. Some of those materials may be so damaged that they cannot be restored; the exact losses will not be known until the materials are returned." Read the complete letter.

News stories (1)(2) are indicating that the cause of the fire was arson.

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