Next week, as part of an engrossing lineup of events for Archives Week, Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York is putting on a symposium titled Disaster Planning for Archives and their Communities. The event lands just weeks before the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a disaster that many libraries and archives are still recuperating from.
Disaster planning is increasingly important as extreme weather patterns increase, buildings age, budgets shrink, and international archives become collateral damage in war. The symposium will emphasize resources and tools for an updated understanding of disasters and archiving practices.
Full disclosure, I am one of the committee members helping to put the symposium together and I am enthused to hear all of the panelist’s strategic advice. I would be thrilled to see not only archivists, but first responders and community organizers in attendance. If you are going, spread the word! Get a head start on topics with this handy Disaster Recovery Resources list from MoMA.
Archivists Round Table is an organization of volunteers that build the archivist community in and around the New York metro area. Archivists Round Table puts on educational programs and classes, often in conjunction with Metropolitan New York Library Council, for the community to share knowledge and stay in the loop on trends and issues important to archivists.
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