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Disaster Preparedness and Planning

Preservation Week 2010
Cost: Free

Are you prepared for a disaster to your collection? According to the Heritage Health Index Report issued by Heritage Preservation in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, 78 percent of us are not prepared, putting over 1.6 billion items at risk in our libraries in the U.S.

Preparedness is of utmost importance in the event of a disaster, large or small. Learn about the fundamentals of emergency planning which include identifying key players, assessing risks, establishing collection priorities, and other preparations for protection of your collections. Kraft will discuss tools available for and give tips on overcoming roadblocks to writing a disaster plan. Lessons learned in this session can be applied to any size institution.


Nancy E. Kraft is the Head of Preservation at the University of Iowa Libraries where she is responsible for directing the preservation and conservation of the library collections. In 2009 she received the Midwest Archives Conference Presidents’ Award for her extraordinary work following the historic levels of flooding that struck Iowa in the summer of 2008. Kraft has assisted in many disaster recoveries, large and small, including the Iowa Floods of 1993 and 2008, the University of Iowa Old Capitol fire, the water-soaked State Historical Society of Iowa building, and a mold outbreak in the Law Library’s rare book room. Kraft, a past President of the Iowa Library Association, is also active in the American Library Association where she served as 2005-2006 Chair of the Preservation & Reformatting Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services.Denise May Levenick is a genealogist, writer, and speaker with a passion for preserving and sharing family treasures of all kinds. She is the creator of The Family Curator website and the author of How to Archive Family Keepsakes and How to Archive Family Photos (FamilyTree Books). 

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