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Finding Common Ground

Contacts and Resources

For more information on this program, please contact Evan Knight, Preservation Specialist ( at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Albrecht, Steve.  Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015.

Alire, Camila, ed. Library Disaster Planning and Recovery Handbook. NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2000.

Buchanan, Sally A. “Preservation Management: Emergency Preparedness,” in Preservation: Issues and Planning, ed. Paul N. Banks and Roberta Pilette.  Chicago and London: American Library Association, 2000. pp. 159-165.

Brokerhof, Agnes, Bart Ankersmit, and Frank Ligterink. Risk Management for Collections. Rijksdienstvorr het Cultureel Erfgoed, 2017.

Carmicheal, David W. Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level. Washington, D. C.: Heritage Preservation, 2010.

Cockerline, Neil and Melinda Markell. “The Handling and Exhibition of Potentially Hazardous Artifacts in Museum Collections.” AASLH Technical Leaflets # 248 Nashville, TN: AASLH, 2011.

The Foundation of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC). Field Guide to Emergency Response. Washington, D. C.:FAIC, 2017. 

---. Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel.  Washington, D. C.: The Foundation of the American Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 2016.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100. Washington, DC: FEMA, 2018.

Halstead, Deborah D. Richard P Jasper and Felicia M Little. Disaster Planning: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians and Archivists New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2005

Hutchins, Jane and Barbara Roberts, eds.  First Aid for Art: Essential Salvage Techniques. Lenox, MA: Hard Press Editions, 2006.

Kahn, Miriam. Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries Chicago & London: American Library Association, 3rd Edition, 2012.

Layne, Stevan P. “An Ounce of Prevention – Worth MORE Than a Pound.” AASLH Technical Leaflet # 253, Nashville, TN: AASLH, 2011.

National Park Service. Conserve O Grams 21/4-21/8: Salvage at a Glance Parts I-V

Price, Laura and Abby Smith.  Managing Cultural Assets from a Business Perspective. Washington, D. C.: Council on Library and Information Resources. 2000.

Podany, Jerry. When Galleries Shake: Earthquake Damage Mitigation for Museum Collections. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Trust, 2017.

Rapp, Randy. Disaster Recovery Project Management. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2011.

Todaro, Julie. Emergency Preparedness for Libraries. Lanham MD: Government Institutes, an imprint of Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2009.

United States Geological Survey.  Natural Hazards.

Wellheiser, Johanna G.  and Jude Scott  An Ounce of Prevention: A Handbook on Disaster Contingency Planning for Archives, Libraries and Record Centres. 2nd edition Lanham, MD & London: The Scarecrow Press Inc and Canadian Archives Foundation, 2002.


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