Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Disaster Preparedness with Annie Peterson of LYRASIS
11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT

Disaster can strike at any time in any locale, disrupting operations, threatening human safety, and damaging or destroying collections. Having a plan in place before disaster strikes makes good business sense; institutions that prioritize preparedness will lead a more successful disaster response and recovery effort. This class is an overview of steps that cultural heritage institutions can take to better prepare for a disaster of any size, with a focus on creating a written plan, and actionable steps to take towards completing a plan. The session will cover the elements of a disaster plan, planning a project to create a plan, and will touch on risk assessment to focus planning efforts.

Annie Peterson is a Program Leader at LYRASIS. She consults with institutions on preservation and digitization planning, and teaches online and in-person classes and workshops on preservation, both analog and digital. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, where she managed a preservation program for the library’s general and special collections, including writing and maintaining a disaster plan for all library collections. Previously, she was an IMLS Preservation Administration Fellow at Yale University, where her primary focus was writing a disaster plan for the library’s high density storage facility. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 2016 Annie was awarded the Esther J. Piercy Award from the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, an award that is given to recognize the contribution to areas of librarianship including in library collections and technical service by a librarian who has shown outstanding promise for continuing contribution and leadership.

Disaster Recovery with Tom Clareson of LYRASIS
1 p.m. ET / 12 noon CT

This webinar will provide information on initial response to and recovery from emergencies and disasters of all types. Topics covered include the first steps for recovery, and working with support organizations and vendors. The session will include helpful resources for organizing and planning your response.

Tom Clareson is Project Director of the Performing Arts Readiness Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help performing arts organizations nationwide learn how to protect their assets, sustain operations, and be prepared for emergencies. He serves as Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, consulting and teaching nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness, digitization, digital preservation, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, strategic planning, and advocacy for libraries, archives, and museums. Clareson serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation.

Topic: Staff Mental Health After a Disaster (presenter to be determined)
2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT

This webinar will discuss how library directors and supervisors can ensure the emotional well-being of staff members after a disaster.