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ALCTS webinar: Disaster Response presented by Nancy Kraft

Wednesday, June 9, 2010
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, US/Central

Disaster Response

Once a disaster strikes the knee-jerk reaction is to rush in and save everything. Rushing in without advance planning puts collections at risk of more damage and staff at risk of injury. This session discusses managing a disaster situation and salvaging collections. Topics covered include assessment and planning, working with a vendor and volunteers, handling public relations, and managing collection salvage. A single building incident will be used as a case study to illustrate the implementation of a disaster response effort. Lessons learned in this presentation can be applied to disasters large or small no matter the size of the institution.


Nancy iKraft s the Head of Preservation at the University of Iowa Libraries where she  is responsible for directing the preservation and conservation of the library collections at the University of Iowa. In 2009 she received the Midwest Archives Conference Presidents’ Award for her extraordinary work following the historic levels of flooding that struck Iowa in the summer of 2008. Kraft has assisted in many disaster recoveries, large and small, including the Iowa Floods of 1993 and 2008, the University of Iowa Old Capitol fire, the water soaked State Historical Society of Iowa building, and a mold outbreak in the Law Library’s rare book room. Kraft, a past President of the Iowa Library Association, is also active in the American Library Association where she served as Chair of the Preservation and Reformatting Section of the Library Collections & Technical Services Division, 2005-2006.


All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, noon Mountain, and 11am Pacific Time.




To Register, complete the online registration format http://http://tinyurl.com/alctsregwebinar

Fees: Individuals - ALCTS Members: $39; Non-Members: $49

                               Group Rates - ALCTS Members & Non-Members: $99

The fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording.

For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or tferren@ala.org.