Disaster response and salvage training
Preservation Advisory Centre/ RLUK half-day courses were held at Oxford University Library Services on 21 June 2010.
This half-day course is led by Emma Dadson of Harwell Document Restoration Services. The course includes a number of short case studies, strategies for dealing with damage, an emergency decision-making exercise and a hands-on salvage exercise.
Why did you attend this training day?
- To prepare disaster plans and planning strategies. To increase preparedness for dealing with incidents within our collections.
- To learn how to manage my collections in case of an emergency.
- Refresher for disaster preparedness and recovery.
- To hone skills necessary for disaster management, specifically salvage.
What did you learn?
- Triage principles - useful to get idea of how to prioritise salvage.
- Good opportunity to practise skills rather than just talk about them.
- Good and clear explanation of initial phase once disaster discovered and useful in planning/explaining to librarians/curators.
- What to include in our plan - thinking about out of hours response - how to handle salvage of photographic materials - off-site preservation.
- How much space needed - lots. Physical air drying. Lots of tips for improving disaster plan.
What will you do differently as a result of attending this training day?
- Review emergency plan and procedures.
- Look at our disaster plan - introduce other precautionary measures.
- Train others more effectively.
- Follow up on existing gaps in our plan.
|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|
|12.00/15.45||Salvage equipment and disaster kits|