Don’t Panic! Responding to Disasters in a Public Library

Date:

Choice of Friday, March 23, 1:00-4:00pm or Wednesday, March 28, 1:00-4:00pm

Location:

Urbana Free Library, the Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor), http://www.urbanafreelibrary.org/

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Description:

Rehearsing for disasters is an important and fun way to be better prepared for the unexpected when it strikes your institution. “Don’t Panic! Responding to Disasters in a Pubic Library” is a free disaster response workshop based on a workshop created by GSLIS student Jessica Lapinsky for the Smithsonian Institution. This three-hour workshop covers the basics of how to respond to emergencies affecting public library collections, with an emphasis on using FEMA's Incident Command System to organize a safe and efficient response team. Topics covered include: the most common disasters affecting public libraries, some simple salvage techniques for library material, vital records, and the importance of team work. The workshop ends with a mock disaster table top exercise.

Who Should Attend:

Open to all local library employees, no prior knowledge of disaster management required. Participants have two dates to choose from.
Workshop Instructor: Jessica Lapinsky is a student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Illinois. She holds an M.S.I.S from the University at SUNY Albany, and is currently pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Preservation Administration in Archives and Special Collections. This workshop is based in part on research and a workshop created and implemented by Ms. Lapinsky at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, where she was an intern this past summer.

Registration:

Registration required. Email instructor Jessica Lapinsky at jessicalapinsky@gmail.com to register and for additional information about this workshop.