NLM Announces New Resource on How to Stabilize, Salvage and Recover Library Collections in a Water Emergency
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, announces a new Web site, "Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency."
First responders in library or museum emergencies frequently address a multitude of risks, both to themselves and to cultural objects in the stewardship of their institutions. In addition, responders may be called upon to recover items that normally would fall outside their areas of expertise and require immediate attention. "Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency" will assist responders with readily-accessible onsite training as they engage in disaster situations affecting cultural heritage items.
The Web site includes links to short instructional videos that provide a visual training for institutional staff tasked with stabilizing collections affected by water. Building recovery, disaster preparedness, and health risks are also covered on the Web site. In the spirit of NLM's Mobile MedlinePlus and other mobile programs, "Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency" is accessible via handheld devices in order to facilitate remote access.
This NLM Web site was a collaborative effort of the History of Medicine Division, National Network Office and Preservation and Collection Management Section (Library Operations), the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications (Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications) and the Office of Computer and Communications Systems, among others.