The Highland City Library opened in October 2008 without any kind of emergency plan. One year later I started my MLS journey a semester early with a Preservation Strategies course taught by preservation librarian Randy Silverman of the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. This course piqued my interest, which ultimately lead to me obtaining an Archives Studies Certificate.
The one thing I took from the course in preservation was that libraries (and archives) are charged with protecting their collections from environmental or human damage. Continue reading In Case of Emergency . . .
In November 2011 I attended an Alliance for Response workshop which matched emergency and cultural managers throughout the state in finding ways to respond to emergencies including fires, floods, and earthquakes. My interest stems from my preservation course with Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian at the University of Utah and Emporia State Instructor who also hosted the event. I learned a variety of things that day including that our library really needed an emergency plan. But that is another post.
The best thing I learned at the workshop was that Utah was going to participate in a statewide earthquake on April 17, 2012 appropriately titled The Great Utah ShakeOut. Continue reading The Great Utah ShakeOut 2012