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After the Deluge: Long-Term Responses to Library Disasters with Some Lessons for the Future. ACRL Western European Studies Section, Research and Planning Committee ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim 29 June 2008 Mark Peterson.

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After the deluge long term responses to library disasters with some lessons for the future

After the Deluge: Long-Term Responses to Library Disasters with Some Lessons for the Future

ACRL Western European Studies Section, Research and Planning Committee

ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim

29 June 2008

Mark Peterson


100 libraries flooded 800 000 books damaged in germany czech republic
100+ Libraries Flooded with Some Lessons for the Future800,000+ Books Damaged in Germany & Czech Republic

Prague Municipal Library

Technical University Dresden,

Computer Science Faculty Library


Institute of archaelogy in prague
Institute of Archaelogy in Prague with Some Lessons for the Future

August 14, 2002

http://www.arup.cas.cz/povoden/en/index.htm


Repairing the damage
Repairing the Damage with Some Lessons for the Future

“Jiří Polišenský closes the vacuum chamber used to restore valuable books damaged in the 2002 floods.”

Prague Post 8/10/2005 http://www.praguepost.com/P03/2005/Art/0811/news2.php

“SOGGY: At Prague's City Library, workers gather some of the 20,000 books to be frozen pending restoration.” CSM 8/30/2002 www.csmonitor.com/2002/0830/p06s01-woeu.html.


Lessons described by the librarians
Lessons Described by the Librarians with Some Lessons for the Future

  • Organized communication is essential

  • Disaster plan needs to include contracts, risk assessments, staff responsibilities, collection priority lists & adequate supplies

  • Decisions on what books to save should be made on site

  • Fast transport to freezers more important than amount of time in the water

  • Books should be cleaned and formed before they are frozen

  • Unexpected costs of freezing & storage threatened collections

  • Mold spores can survive freezing and can remain in library space

  • Vacuum packing with blotting paper and multiple cycles was the best method for drying frozen books

  • Slow drying often warped bound materials significantly but had to be done because of the cost of other methods

  • Volunteers often make costly mistakes

  • Do not store valuable items in the basement!


General lessons
General Lessons with Some Lessons for the Future

  • Disaster planning saves libraries

  • Goodwill is useless if you do not direct it

  • True friends provide real help

  • It is more than just the books

  • Nothing will happen without money

  • Full recovery takes a long time


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