[Libs-Or] (Seattle and Vancouver, WA): FREE Disaster Preparedness Workshops

Shawna Gandy gandysl at gmail.com
Thu Jul 16 08:42:18 PDT 2009

Protecting Library & Archive Collections: Disaster Preparedness, Response &

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

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.
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