Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Collection Disaster Preparedness Workshop Being Offered

Workshop: "RU Redy? Scenario Planning & Collaboration among Libraries and Archives to Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections"

Instructor:  Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian, U of U Marriott Library

Cost:  No charge to the institution. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities; co-sponsored by the Utah State Library and the University of Utah Marriott Library.

Goals of the “R U REDY?” workshop:
-Test emergency plans & identify areas for improvement
-Identify mechanisms for mutual aid
-Improve participants’ ability to evaluate risks (via a pre-workshop self-survey)
-Encourage participants to improve disaster preparedness

Who should attend?
When possible, send 2-3 participants from your library/archive to work together on disaster preparedness activities: 
-Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness
-Administrator and/or manager responsible for the building/collection
-Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making

Requirements: (Randy will help you with these if you need it)
-A written disaster plan that includes collections response/recovery
-A letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration to optimize preparedness
-A completed 3-page vulnerability assessment (distributed 3 weeks before workshop)

For registration assistance please contact: Alex Gingerich
For general & content information contact: Randy Silverman

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