Can We Relax Yet? - Assessing the Risks to Library Collections and Operations
Date: June 24, 2010
Background and History: The National Agricultural Library hosted this workshop, presenting a practical approach to assessing risks to libraries, during the fifth SafetyNet meeting for the greater Washington, DC cooperative disaster response network. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC), and LYRASIS.
Goal and Program Description: Tom Clareson, Senior Consultant for New Initiatives at LYRASIS and expert on emergency preparedness for cultural institutions, presented an overview of risk assessment for collections. Jeanne Drewes, Chief of Binding and Collections Care Division at the Library of Congress and an authority on the valuation of collections, outlined the issues concerned with insuring library collections, and Anne Harrison of FLICC/FEDLINK discussed self-insurance for federal libraries. Barclay Ogden, Director for Library Preservation at the University of California-Berkeley and 2009 recipient of the ALA-Banks/Harris Preservation Award, introduced an automated model which assists in evaluating risks and setting priorities for implementation of controls to reduce risk.
Outcomes: Attendees participated in an exercise on conducting a needs assessment survey and in an in-depth tour of the National Agricultural Library.
Participants: Participants included library professionals from a variety of federal agencies and cultural heritage and higher education organizations in the greater Washington, DC area.
Support: The continuing SAFETY NET series is a collaborative effort of the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate, the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) Disaster Preparedness Working Group, and the FLICC Safety Net, a voluntary federal library network for disaster response.