Library Staff Participate in Emergency Preparedness Workshop
Cameron University Library faculty and staff members improved their abilities to prevent and respond to sudden collection damage, thanks to National Endowment for the Humanities funding. Joined by three Museum of the Great Plains staff members, library employees participated in a two-day workshop held in Cameron Library on May 12 and May 13, 2005.
Amigos Library Services Director of Special Projects, Shelby Sanett, facilitated the workshop entitled Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Amigos Library Services provides services, especially support and training to librarians and archivists in the southwestern United States. The Emergency Preparedness workshop teaches librarians how to prevent and prepare for events that damage collections and how to cope effectively with such damage.
With assistance from physical facilities personnel, Ms. Sanett and workshop participants toured Cameron Library, learning about its safety features and operational systems. Sanett facilitated discussion regarding potential emergency situations and how best to plan to prevent and respond to them. Participants formed mock emergency response teams whose members practiced deciding how to respond to a fictional collection-damaging disaster. Focused on material salvage techniques, day two found participants first soaking withdrawn library materials in water and later drying them according to established procedures.
The workshop completed a series of National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded activities which included treating Cameron University Library windows with ultraviolet light filtering window film and purchasing chemically inert collection material storage containers. Grant activities were geared toward prevention of damage to Cameron University Library's humanities collections.