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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

Preservation in Massachusetts Libraries: Emergency Planning & Response Resources

Subscribe and connect with Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) Preservation Specialist Jessica Branco Colati and colleagues around the Commonwealth that work to advance the protection of cultural collections.


Note: We're renovating the Preservation in Massachusetts Libraries guide during Summer 2024. Please bear with us as we add, update, and reorganize MBLC's preservation resources.

COSTEP MA is a volunteer organization committed to connecting disaster response professionals with cultural heritage institutions, including libraries of all types. Find out more info about how they can help your library and archive collections prepare for disasters: sign up to customized weather alerts from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency & the National Weather Service; get advice on connecting to your local Emergency Management Director; learn about working with disaster recovery vendors; and more!

COSTEP MA Events / Webinars

"COSTEP MA: Pandemic Safety at Cultural Heritage Institutions," April 29, 2021.


  •  Michael Flanagan, Director, Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards, to present the current standards applicable to cultural institutions including libraries and museums; and
  • Dr. Martin Z. Bazant, E. G. Roos (1944) Professor of Chemical Engineering / Digital Learning Officer / Professor of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, only first half of this program was recorded. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check the links available in the link to view content from our second speaker.

"COSTEP MA: Hurricane Season 2020 Readiness Webinar," June 16, 2020.

Speaker: Matthew Belk, a Lead Meteorologist for the National Weather Service, Boston

"Massachusetts Libraries Respond to Emergencies with COSTEP MA," April 24, 2020.


  • Alejandra Dean, Massachusetts Archives
  • Evan Knight, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

"Finding Common Ground," 2017 - The National Endowment for the Humanities supported emergency planning, response, and recovery training for librarians and other cultural heritage professionals in Massachusetts through the "Finding Common Ground" project. Find all the materials and a recap of the event here:

2022 Webinar: "Practical Disaster Resources for New England Libraries"


  • Ryan Kidder, MA Higher Education Consortium (MHEC)
  • Amy Fang Lannon, Reading Public Library