The Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress
September 14, 2015
Conservators with the Library's Preservation Emergency Response Team explain and demonstrate how the Library of Congress prepares for and responds to emergencies that threaten or damage collections, in particular, for dealing with water-damaged collections. The video includes a brief description of the broad range of preservation activities undertaken by the Library's Preservation Directorate. Video en Español: los conservadores de la Biblioteca demuestran los pasos fundamentales para rescatar materiales afectados por agua.
Mitigation During Emergency Response: Stabilization of Paper and Film-based Materials
February 15, 2012
Program sponsored by the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate and the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) Preservation Working Group. This program featured lectures and a hands-on response and recovery exercise.
After the Disaster: Replace, Recover or Digitize?
June 7, 2011
Program held at the Library of Congress by the Preservation Directorate and the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) covering evaluation of various disaster recovery options and workflows for providing access to titles damaged by a disaster; developing a disaster recovery contract; how to set up work plans - large scale and small - to deal effectively with damaged materials. Speakers: Blane Dessy, FLICC; Jeanne Drewes, Preservation Directorate; Elmer Eusman, Preservation Directorate.
Can We Relax Yet? Assessing Risks to Library Collections and Operations
June 24, 2010
Day-long workshop co-sponsored by the National Agricultural Library, FLICC, the Library of Congress Preservation Directorate, and LYRASIS. The workshop presented a pratical approach to risk assessment.
FLICC Disaster Preparedness National Update
February 23, 2010
Program held at the Library of Congress and sponsored by FLICC featuring updates on national and international initiatives on disaster preparedness in cultural institutions. Speakers included: Jane Long, Heritage Preservation; Angela Gladwel, Federal Emergency Managment Agency (FEMA); Nancy Gwinn, American Library Association (ALA) representive for the U.S. Committee on the Blue Shield.
Getting Your Feet Wet
June 24, 2009
Workshop sponsored by FLICC with lectures and demonstrations of fundamental terms and principles, including: Emergencies and Disasters; Preparedness, Response, Recovery; Risk Assessment; Site Safety.
Integrating Tools Into Your Agency's COOP
June 25, 2008
Meeting co-sponsored by FLICC featuring models of Continuity of Operation Plans (COOPs), which resulted in over a dozen FLICC members signing a proclamation of mutual assistance in the event of a collections emergency.
Networking for Disaster Response
February 25, 2008
The Library of Congress convened approximately 30 directors and staff representing U.S. federal libraries to develop a framework for a mutual assistance emergency network in the greater Washington, DC region.
Permanent Public Access to Authentic Government Information – Meeting the Mission with FDsys
February 15, 2011
Program held at the Library of Congress and sponsored by FLICC on the development of the Government Printing Office's (GPO) digital repository, the Federal Digital System (FDsys). FDsys is at once a content management system, an advanced search engine, and a preservation repository and as such, reflects one of the preservation initiatives for the Federal Depository Library Program. Speakers: Kate Zwaard and David Walls (U.S. GPO).
Safeguarding Document Collections, Part I
April 20-21, 2006
Meeting convened by the Library of Congress to gather oral histories of "first preservers" or conservators who aided library and archive collections in the wake of the 2005 hurricane season and to review findings of the Heritage Health Index survey pertinent to emergency preparedness for collections and future funding needs.
Safeguarding Document Collections, Part II
December 7, 2006
Meeting convened by the Library of Congress to update stakeholders on the Library's planning strategy and which elicited ideas and feedback to help the subsequent shaping of the Library Services Strategic Plan with regard to preservation objectives. Three focus groups discussed research, emergency mitigation, training, and other preservation needs and objectives.