Friday, June 6, 2014

Jun: Emergency Preparedness: How to Get Ready (Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian)

June 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).
If you are an accidental government information librarian or an accidental manager, have you thought about an emergency plan for your library or department?  Planning for emergencies is critical to protect collections and equipment but most importantly, people’s lives.  This webinar will cover the basics of what emergencies to plan for, and how to begin formulating a plan.  Much information will be provided about resources for planning and a variety of planning tools from which to choose, as well as what to do after you make a plan.  This is NOT about preservation—the presenter will not cover what to do with wet books.  Instead this is about planning for emergencies broadly.  (This presentation was first given to the national network of EPA libraries in March 2014.)
Michele Hayslett has worked as a librarian for almost fourteen years but had no prior experience with emergency preparedness before becoming one of the co-chairs of her library’s Emergency Preparedness Committee in 2011.  In that capacity she has learned how far thoughtful reflection and good communication can go in creating a safer environment for staff and patrons.  In the last two years she has led two strategic discussions of emergency situations among library staff and administrators (“table-top” discussions), organized a “live” practical exercise in the library with emergency responders, and arranged multiple training opportunities for staff on various topics such as emergency prevention, recognizing stressed students and CPR training.
We will meet together for Session #37, online on June 19 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by June 19 at 10:00 am using this link: