Preservation & Disaster Preparedness

This session will review temperature, humidity, light, and pollution and how they can damage collections, standards for library storage, and ways of achieving better conditions, including low- and no-cost improvements. The risk of pests and mold in libraries will also be addressed.
Aspects of culture and history are disappearing every day — whether it is a language on the verge of extinction, a craft form that is now forgotten, or the history of a town that no one remembers. Learn how Pilot Mountain (N.C.) Elementary School, winner of ALA's 2017 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award, taught third-graders about cultural and historic preservation with a yearlong multimedia school library program.
Oral histories can provide a wealth of information about individual and community life. These recordings are highly prized by historians and archivists, but also by the families and communities of the persons telling their stories. The risk of losing these voices is growing, as the cassettes or reels that they're recorded on may no longer be playable, or may be deteriorating. However, the rewards for making efforts now to save these items for new generations are great.
LiveeCourseAttendance Cert.

Online Course: A basic level, 4-week asynchronous course offered several times a year.
Offered by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, ALA's newest division starting September 1, 2020 (previously offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)
Focus: Introduction to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. Designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility.

LiveWebinarAttendance Cert.
Libraries are often tasked with handling genealogy requests from patrons who need guidance about the types of records that exist and how they can be located. Tina will cover how libraries can utilize and promote their genealogy and local history collections to users, and where to turn when patrons need help outside of their collection’s scope. She will walk library staff through the process of conducting the genealogy reference interview to fulfill the patron’s requests.
LiveWebinarAttendance Cert.
Learn about free websites librarians can use to point their patrons to for help, including the FamilySearch Research Wiki and many others.
Using the Personal Digital Archiving Day Kit to Connect with Your Community
Moving/storing collections and relocating user services and staff temporarily during a renovation requires careful and thorough planning by librarians who manage such projects. Day One of the e-Forum will solicit preparation tips needed to move collections, either permanently or temporarily. Day Two will concentrate on preparation tips for relocating staff and/or services before and/or after renovation.
This webinar introduces the topic of the preservation of the moving image with a focus on personal archiving.
While disaster planning in libraries is well established, very few libraries have plans specific to the challenging environment of high-density storage. Simple activities such as removal and tracking of materials become more complicated by barcoded storage trays on thirty-foot-high shelves. This program will focus on current disaster research ranging from fire protection and recovery to perspectives on recovery from water and fire related disasters. An ALCTS webcast