Library staff attends disaster preparedness workshop

Barnell Tate and Mona Vance look over some wet maps in a mock training exercise as part of the disaster preparedness workshop at Mississippi State University.

Library staff members Heather Pohl, Circulation and Collection Development Librarian; Barnell Tate, Facilities Manager; and Mona Vance, Archivist recently participated a series of online webinars and in-person training workshops for disaster preparedness taught by LYRASIS (www.lyrasis.org).

Between April 16 and June 5, 2012, participants from libraries, archives, and museums located across Mississippi attended two 2-hour webinars and two (2) two-day face-to-face training sessions. In addition, participants created or reviewed their institution’s disaster plan with consultation/coaching with an instructor Tom Clareson.

Participants also gathered at Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University in Starkville for the hands-on training portion of the emergency response training where they learned techniques for assessing and salvaging damaged materials in mock disasters.

Vance delicately removing swollen wet books from a bookshelf.

Mississippi was one of four states in the nation in which LYRASIS offered this special opportunity, as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Preservation and Access grant. The goal is to have participants help shape the Regional Cultural Emergency Response Network by using the model in their home regions to develop or strengthen a local cultural emergency response network.

The program was sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Society of Mississippi Archivists, Mississippi Library Commission, and LYRASIS Digital & Preservation Services.

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