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Disaster response and salvage training

Preservation Advisory Centre/ RLUK half-day courses were held at the British Library Centre for Conservation on 10 February 2010.

This intensive half-day course is led by Emma Dadson of Harwell Document Restoration Services. The course uses Emma’s experience of responding to real incidents to demonstrate how planning can minimise the impact of emergencies in libraries and archives as well as outlining the practical steps to take when responding to situations. With reference to case studies, the course includes strategies for dealing with damage, an emergency decision-making exercise and a hands-on salvage exercise.


Why did you attend this training session?

  • To gain greater understanding of managing a salvage operation.
  • To aid development of a plan for my organisation.
  • Assistance in dealing with salvage. Checking for omissions in the disaster response plan for the library.

What did you learn?

  • Details on different media and their relevant needs when salvaging.
  • Extremely useful practical considerations to take into account when having to use an emergency plan in reality.
  • Some useful points to consider regarding time and scale of incident to achieve minimum damage.

What will you do differently as a result of attending this training session?

  • Revise disaster plan and instigate more staff training.
  • The importance of planning and doing things in the right order. Extra items needed for disaster rooms.
  • Get organised, speak to colleagues.
  • More detail in plans, investigate supplies of services, affordable emergency kit items.


09.45/13.30 Registration
10.00/13.45 Introduction to disaster response in libraries and archives
10.30/14.15 Immediate response to small incidents: effective decision-making
11.00/14.45 Handling and salvage techniques for library and archive collections
11.45/15.30 Break
12.00/15.45 Salvage equipment and disaster kits Salvage exercise
13.00/16.45 End