Libraries and Their Role in Disaster Response

May 31, 2019 10:00am -
May 31, 2019 04:00pm

Event Description

Friday, May 31, 2019

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

SEFLIN Offices - Florida Atlantic University Library, 4th Floor

Libraries and Their Role in Disaster Response


How can your library be better positioned to protect your library’s assets, support your personnel, and come to the aid of your community? In this interactive workshop, you’ll evaluate and plan with other library colleagues, using the four phases of disaster management as a framework:

  • Mitigation (minimizing the effects of a future disaster) 
  • Preparedness (creating the disaster plan) 
  • Response (immediate efforts to help people and protect property)
  • Recovery: supporting the return to normal (or the New Normal, in some cases) 

Every topic will be an opportunity to share your successes, plan to improve, and identify new challenges. 

Topics include identifying different types of emergencies and disasters, creating a written plan, identifying at-risk populations, defining and possibly changing the role of your library in an library- or community-wide emergency, developing programs and services to increase the skills and competencies of people in your community, book and materials preservation and repair, staff training, and strengthening collaborations with other agencies.

We invite you to bring multiple copies of documents, including plans, brochures, posters, lib guides, and flyers, from your library and community organizations to share with others. Also, we encourage each library to invite someone in a community leadership role and/or someone from an early responder organization to share their expertise and point of view with others.

Presenter: Pat Wagner

Pat Wagner has been a library trainer and consultant since 1978, focusing on the skills needed for library success, including personnel, supervision, project management, leadership, marketing, conflict management, and strategic planning. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries, universities, and library organizations as well as participating as a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years.  Pat has worked with libraries across the country that have learned emergency preparedness the hard way: hurricanes, wildfires, floods, tornadoes, violence, ice storms, blizzards, and avalanches. Also scandals (with accompanying media attention) involving corrupt and incompetent library officials, bedbug infestations, hostage situations, drug dealing, organized theft of book materials, hostile customers, opportunistic criminals, death threats, and physical attacks on staff and library users. She believes planning and staff training are the best response to the unpredictability of life. Pat is known for her good-humored and practical programs.


Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on May 06, 2019.
Regular registration starts on May 07, 2019 and ends on May 30, 2019.
Late registration starts on May 31, 2019.
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