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Preservation and Disaster Planning for Archives

Preservation and disaster planning are an important part of archival stewardship and managing collections, no matter the size of your organization. On a daily basis, archival records are at risk due to unsuitable storage environments and disasters like fire or flood. Responding to an emergency heightens the unique preservation requirements of records and the need for clearly defined roles and responsibilities so staff can quickly and effectively take action.

Through a combination of 4 online webinar sessions and practical exercises, workshop participants will come away from the training with awareness of the requirements for accepted storage and preservation standards, effective emergency response planning, and the confidence to respond in an emergency.

The AABC pleased to work with our BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN) colleagues to incorporate a virtual demonstration session where participants will learn how to salvage different formats of archival records that have been damaged by water and fire. Participants then practice what they learned through an at home / office disaster and recovery exercise with a selection of AABC provided archival materials.  After reporting back to the workshop, the final webinar provides participants with the opportunity to discuss their results, what worked and what didn’t, ask questions and learn about the efforts of fellow workshop attendees.

Deliverables of the workshop include:

a) review of best practices of archival storage conditions;

b) a risk assessment of your archival collection and building envelope;

c) creation of a disaster plan template applicable to your institution with discussion on the various components including how to put together a disaster response team and essential emergency supplies;

d) skills to develop a triage system for salvage and how to prioritize collections for treatment;

e) practice the salvage of various archival records damaged by water.

Workshop delivery format: The workshop will delivered online via 4 training sessions on Zoom, participants will be required to complete practical exercises at home or work during the workshop series.

Workshop Schedule & Outline:

Monday, November 9, 2020 (10:00am - 12:30pm PST), theme: storage conditions and risk assessment

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 (10:00am - 12:30pm PST), theme: your disaster plan, triage and priorities

Friday, November 13, 2020 (10:00am - 12:30pm PST), theme: salvage and recovery, demonstration of techniques

Friday, November 20, 2020 (10:00am - 12:30pm PST), theme: salvage and recovery Q&A

Workshop Registration Details:

Final registration date: Closed - registration is full for this event

Cost: $180.00 for AABC & BC GLAM Members*,  $230.00 for non-members

We are pleased to offer a reduced registration rate for this workshop which is supported by the BC Arts Council. BC GLAM colleagues are also eligible for the member rate and must have a current membership in BCMA or BCLA. Confirmation of membership status will be required.

Note: Due to the distribution of supplies for this workshop, priority registration will be given to members of the Canadian heritage community.



Lisa Glandt, MAS; AABC Education & Advisory Services Coordinator

Lisa Glandt has an undergraduate degree in History from SFU and a Master of Archival Studies degree from UBC. For the last 20 years she has worked in a wide variety of archival and records management settings including museums, municipal government, academic (both university and private school), and for private organizations. Since 2015 she has been the Education and Advisory Services (EAS) Coordinator for the Archives Association of British Columbia where she delivers workshops and webinars, teaches distance education courses, consults during site visits, and provides support and guidance to archives and archivists throughout the province.

Tara Fraser; Conservator, BC HERN

Tara Fraser holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Certificate in chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan and Master of Art Conservation from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). Tara was a co-founder of Fraser Spafford Ricci Art & Archival Conservation Inc and occasionally undertakes projects there including complex paper conservation treatments and provision of expert advice and analysis in the conservation and preservation of paper artworks and collections.  Tara is currently the Head of Conservator at the Vancouver Art Gallery, teaches Preservation each semester at UBC Master’s of Library and Archival Studies (iSchool) and is as an associate with the BC Heritage Emergency Response Network (BC HERN).

She has worked in the conservation labs of Oxford University (Oxford, UK), Saskatchewan Archives Board (Regina, SK), Queen’s University Archives (Kingston, ON) and spent a year as Conservation Consultant at the Smithsonian Institution Archives in Washington, D.C.  Tara has served as provincial representative to the Board of the Canadian Association of Conservators and as conservation reviewer for grants for the Canadian Archivists Association.  She has written articles and given workshops in Disaster Planning and Response and worked with numerous institutions and organizations to developed disaster planning and preparedness. 


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