ALIA DISASTER RECOVERY www.alia.org.au/disasterrecovery
11 bushfire affected areas <ul><li>Eastern Regional Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Goldfields Library Corporation </li></ul><...
Disaster recovery project <ul><li>Responding, coordinating </li></ul><ul><li>Helping people to Rebuild with Books </li></u...
After the bushfires <ul><li>Libraries as safe havens </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries as community resources </li></ul><ul><li>...
Library, book and arts organisations working together to Rebuild with Books
Booksellers and publishers working with library people  to Rebuild with Books
182 pallets of donated books to be sorted and distributed 10 days 72 volunteers 137,000 books sorted 27,400 distributed 7 ...
Fundraising to help people replace their book collections at home
Now on the ALIA website Add case studies Best practice Launch date 6 May 2010
Four stages of a disaster <ul><li>Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Response </li></ul><ul><li>Re...
Collections and staff <ul><li>Libraries need to have emergency plans in place to minimise damage to their own property and...
Libraries as the third place <ul><li>Libraries contribute to the well-being of the community in a way that extends far bey...
Key recommendations <ul><li>That public library managers should be invited and encouraged to play an active part in local ...
Digitising collections
2009 outcomes Collaborative action $110,000-worth of books $9000-worth of vouchers Planning guides for libraries Submissio...
Opportunities Established partnerships Distribution network National disaster planning awareness among libraries Blue Shie...
MayDay 2010 Month-long awareness campaign Blue Shield Australia/DISACT Symposium at the National Library of Australia, 6 M...
Blue Shield on Facebook
In summary <ul><li>Read the ALIA materials to find what’s relevant to you </li></ul><ul><li>Take the new ALIA guide as a p...
Thank you Sue McKerracher [email_address]
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ALIA Disaster Recovery for Bushfire affected libraries and their communities

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to the Local Studies Librarians meeting at Woy Woy NSW in March 2010. Bush Fires ravaged Victoria in January 2009. Libraries stepped in to help communities left without books and library services. Uploaded to slideshare with permission of the author.

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ALIA Disaster Recovery for Bushfire affected libraries and their communities

  1. 1. ALIA DISASTER RECOVERY www.alia.org.au/disasterrecovery
  2. 2. 11 bushfire affected areas <ul><li>Eastern Regional Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Goldfields Library Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>High Country Library Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Latrobe City Library Service </li></ul><ul><li>Mitchell Shire Information and Library Service </li></ul><ul><li>Murrindindi Library Service </li></ul><ul><li>Upper Murray Regional Library </li></ul><ul><li>Wellington Shire Library </li></ul><ul><li>West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Wimmera Regional Library Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service </li></ul>
  3. 3. Disaster recovery project <ul><li>Responding, coordinating </li></ul><ul><li>Helping people to Rebuild with Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dealing with donations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Guidance for disaster planning for libraries </li></ul>
  4. 4. After the bushfires <ul><li>Libraries as safe havens </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries as community resources </li></ul><ul><li>The return of mobile libraries, a cause for celebration </li></ul>
  5. 5. Library, book and arts organisations working together to Rebuild with Books
  6. 6. Booksellers and publishers working with library people to Rebuild with Books
  7. 7. 182 pallets of donated books to be sorted and distributed 10 days 72 volunteers 137,000 books sorted 27,400 distributed 7 libraries 3 relief centres Rebuilding with Books at the Bushfire Relief Warehouse
  8. 8. Fundraising to help people replace their book collections at home
  9. 9. Now on the ALIA website Add case studies Best practice Launch date 6 May 2010
  10. 10. Four stages of a disaster <ul><li>Prevention </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>Response </li></ul><ul><li>Recovery </li></ul>
  11. 11. Collections and staff <ul><li>Libraries need to have emergency plans in place to minimise damage to their own property and collections </li></ul><ul><li>It would be beneficial for galleries, libraries, archives and museums in the same area to work in partnership, providing practical support to each other, for example a safe repository for books, artefacts and valuable items under threat </li></ul><ul><li>At each location, the safety of staff is imperative, both physical safety and mental well-being </li></ul>
  12. 12. Libraries as the third place <ul><li>Libraries contribute to the well-being of the community in a way that extends far beyond the bricks and mortar, vehicles, books and computers </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural institutions can play a useful role in helping communities reconstruct themselves after a disaster. In the immediate aftermath, the focus will be on food, shelter and clothing, but in the longer term, books on a shelf, photographs in an album, letters and other personal papers, are an important way of retrieving lost memories </li></ul>
  13. 13. Key recommendations <ul><li>That public library managers should be invited and encouraged to play an active part in local government emergency planning </li></ul><ul><li>That the library’s potential as a safe haven in a disaster zone should be recognised and factored into local government emergency planning </li></ul><ul><li>That libraries and other neighbouring cultural institutions should plan their disaster response both individually and in partnership </li></ul>
  14. 14. Digitising collections
  15. 15. 2009 outcomes Collaborative action $110,000-worth of books $9000-worth of vouchers Planning guides for libraries Submission to Bushfire Inquiry Media coverage
  16. 16. Opportunities Established partnerships Distribution network National disaster planning awareness among libraries Blue Shield’s MayDay 2010 What next?
  17. 17. MayDay 2010 Month-long awareness campaign Blue Shield Australia/DISACT Symposium at the National Library of Australia, 6 May 8 fully-equipped disaster bins for participants
  18. 18. Blue Shield on Facebook
  19. 19. In summary <ul><li>Read the ALIA materials to find what’s relevant to you </li></ul><ul><li>Take the new ALIA guide as a prompt to review disaster planning </li></ul><ul><li>Use MayDay as an opportunity to talk to colleagues about disaster preparedness </li></ul><ul><li>Attend the Symposium on 6 May </li></ul><ul><li>Raise the issue of digitisation (again) </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Blue Shield on Facebook </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thank you Sue McKerracher [email_address]

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