[Libs-Or] disaster planning workshops in Vancouver and Seattle

Kristen Kern kernk at pdx.edu
Wed Jul 15 10:23:27 PDT 2009

Protecting Library & Archive Collections: Disaster Preparedness, 
Response & Recovery

The Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service 
(WESTPAS) is offering a series of disaster planning workshops in the 
West. Two-part workshops have been scheduled in Seattle and in 
Vancouver, WA. in September/November:

SEATTLE: Part 1: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Tuesday, November 3, 2009  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Location: Odegaard Undergraduate Library Room 220, University of 
Washington, Seattle, WA 98195

Part 1: Monday, September 21, 2009, 9:00a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Part 2: Monday, November 16, 2009, 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.

Location: Library Hall, Vancouver Community Library (Main Library),
1007 East Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98663

*Workshop instructor
    Gary Menges is Preservation Administrator at the University of
    Washington Libraries, Seattle. He is a member of the American
    Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
    Collections Emergency Response Team (AIC CERT).


The "Protecting Library & Archive Collections" workshops are presented
in a 2-part sequence to produce the following outcomes for disaster
preparedness activities:

    * Complete a disaster plan by the end of Part 2.
    * Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively.
    * Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections.
    * Learn how to use practical decision-making skills during an
    * Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and non-print

The workshop days are scheduled several weeks apart. Participants will
prepare short assignments prior to the first session; between sessions,
they will undertake additional assignments resulting in a completed
disaster plan at the end of Part 2. Upon completion, the institution
will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel
to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections
in the region.

*Who should attend*:

Administrators and staff responsible for emergency preparedness, 
response and decision-making, in all types of libraries and archives.  
By registering for the workshop, the institution commits to supporting 
the attendee(s) to achieve the workshop's disaster preparedness goals. 
When possible, please send two attendees from a library or archive so 
they can work together on the disaster preparedness activities.


No charge to the institution.  Funding provided by the National 
Endowment for the Humanities. The workshops are co-sponsored by the 
Washington State Library and Washington State Archives.


Pre-registration is required. You will be able to register online.

To register go to:


Go to September and click on September 16 for Seattle; September 21 for 
Vancouver and complete the registration form. For registration 
assistance contact: Kathy Krause krause at plsinfo.org

Information about the individual workshops and registration information
for each workshops will be sent in separate email messages.

Kristen Kern
Fine and Performing Arts Librarian
Portland State Library
P. O. Box 1151
Portland, OR 97207
503-725-5218 tel
503-725-4524 fax
kernk at pdx.edu

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