Disaster Preparedness and Response Workshop

  • 08 May 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Strozier Library, Tallahassee, Florida
  • 15


Registration is closed

This full-day workshop will cover disaster preparedness and response for cultural heritage collections. Participants will learn about the basic elements of a disaster plan and how to create or update a plan for their organization. Planning exercises will help institutions prioritize next steps for creating or updating their plans. Risk assessment will be discussed and covered in an exercise, so participants can gain skills to assess and mitigate risks at their own institution. The workshop will include a hands-on portion where participants will stabilize wet collections materials, including books, papers, and audiovisual materials, and actively learn about appropriate drying methods to effectively salvage materials. It will be taught by Lyrasis Consultant Annie Peterson.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding of the elements of a disaster plan, and how to write one
  • Participants prioritize steps for planning and preparedness at their institution
  • Identification of supplies for building a disaster response kit appropriate to the participant’s institution
  • Experience identifying risks at an institution and suggesting mitigation strategies
  • Experience working with wet collections materials


This workshop is appropriate for representatives from cultural heritage institutions who are seeking experience in hands-on recovery of materials, or are looking to update, improve, or create a disaster plan that includes their collections. The workshop will address recovery of library and archives materials, but will address both general, circulating and special collections materials.

This workshop is limited to 25 participants. Once the workshop is full, a wait list will be started. 

Cost: $50

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