Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Get your back into it

About a week ago, The State Library of Louisiana put out a call for assistance to the library community. Library use is through the roof, as displaced people look for a place to file for assistance, to look for jobs and homes, and to search for and contact their loved ones. There just aren't enough computer seats for them all, and they were looking for help.

One of my bosses saw this call, and got the ball rolling. We've just gotten through our big summer phase of equipment replacement, which means that, at the moment, we're flush with older computers with some life left in them, in search of a home.

This morning, we wiped, reloaded, tested, and prepped 40-some machines to head down south, complete with monitors. Planning and prep was a little more complex than initially estimated, and the actual work significantly more simple. (Which, I suppose, suggests we got the plans right eventually.)

It felt incredibly good to actually do something, especially something which involved roughly equal amounts of muscle and brains on my part. We usually donate our old equipment to charity, but I'm not usually part of the process. It's nice to get back the feeling of being active in this situation. It's not pumping the water or rehanging the electrical lines, but it's a small, tangible kindness which will help some person's life get a little more normal.

And my boss and my employer deserve a lot of credit for creating this opportunity for me.

Here endeth the lesson.


Blogger GrrlScientist said...

You must feel so wonderful after doing that. Has the shipment already gone out? Did you slip a few candy bars into the boxes here and there, also?


4:06 PM, September 16, 2005  
Blogger Joe said...

Spend a few years trying to get Oreo crumbs out of keyboards, and you'll know why we didn't... ;-)

11:19 AM, September 17, 2005  

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