Recording of GMR Webinar “Disaster Preparation and Planning” Available

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

November 13, 2016

(via Molly Olmstead, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The latest GMR Lake Effects Webinar, “Disaster Preparedness and Planning”, was recorded on October 31 and is now available on YouTube. The University of Iowa’s Head of Preservation & Conservation, Nancy Kraft, spoke about how to formulate an emergency-preparedness plan for any library, large or small. Below is an annotated list of Nancy’s talking points, with the time stamps linked to the YouTube video.

2:03 — defining a disaster-preparedness plan

3:03 — reasons for assessing risk

3:25 — conducting a site survey and walkthrough

4:22 — potential hazards or threats

8:22 — identifying key players

13:54 — prioritizing your collection

15:20 — collection environment and protection

17:48 — getting started with your plan

22:33 — authority and delegation

24:01 — Field Guide to Emergency Response and salvage wheel

26:22 — Council of State Archivists toolkit

27:21 —

28:29 — trunk tool kits and react pak

31:03 — packing, air-drying, and cleaning supplies

35:34 — staff training and prep

37:50 — packing wet books

39:38 — funding sources and resources

45:36 — generic public library collections

If you have any questions about this webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact Molly Olmstead ( or Bobbi Newman ( for more information.

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