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Survey says . . . the THF Hard Copy Library

Every September the Board of Directors and Associates of The Haiku Foundation are sent a survey. Their responses help to guide our growth and direction. We’d like to broaden our input, and so we’ll be asking you to respond to a series of questions, one per week, over the next half-year. Your replies will be weighed in our assessment of our performance.

Today’s question: Hard Copy Library

The Haiku Foundation Library continues to grow at a considerable rate. Besides donations, Touchstone Distinguished Book Award submissions provide a copy of each volume for the library. Current volumes number more than 3000 discrete volumes, plus more than 200 second copies of major works, with more than a hundred volumes added per year. We also feature special collections: the Cor van den Heuvel Haiku Library, the Susan Marie LaVallée Paul Reps Collection, and haiga collections from Ellen Peckham and Lidia Rozmus.

Please assess how well The Haiku Foundation is delivering on this topic. Indicate your assessment of our performance to date by choosing one of the options:

Excellent

Good

Fair

Poor

Abandon

Please feel free to add additional comments. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and for helping us make The Haiku Foundation a better resource.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Excellent, thank you to all. This kind of work takes a lot of time. On a related note, I was in a used bookstore in Sheboygan, Wisconsin a few weeks ago, and bought a few novels. It was amazing to see all of the books, organized by categories and then in alphabetical order within the categories. I understand THF is creating a library not bookstore, but I can envision such a wonderful space some day.

  2. Bravo Alexis! Thank you for your generous contribution to the THF Library. Here’s hoping that someday in the not-too-distant future we will be able to present some of your excellent work online in the Digital Library.

    Garry
    THF Digital Librarian

  3. Hi Garry. Thanks for your support. The hard copy library is impressive, and getting more so all the time. Since this was written, we’ve added archives from Alexis Rotella, and have other things in the works. We are aware that we will need at some point need to place this entire collection in the right hands, and we have been exploring a variety of possibilities. Fortunately we don’t need to make that decision any time soon, so we will have the advantage of making a decision that favors the Foundation—and haiku—when that time comes.

  4. Congratulations, THF Haiku Library. Your hard copy holdings of haiku material in English must exceed by now those anywhere else, and will eventually require a major effort in preservation. What plans does the Haiku Foundation have to find a permanent repository for this growing body of printed material?

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