Preparing for the Worst, Planning for the Best: Protecting our Cultural Heritage from Disaster

by Nancy Gwinn & Johanna Wellheiser (Eds.)

Series: IFLA Publications Series 111
Publisher: München: K.G. Saur, 2004

 Protecting our Cultural Heritage from Disaster

Throughout history libraries, museums and archives have been struck
by disasters, both natural and manmade. Earthquakes and floods, storms
and fires have caused huge losses of precious collections. Human
conflicts and wars have also played their own roles in violating the
heritage of human civilization.

This book contains the Proceedings of a special IFLA conference held
in Berlin in July 2003 which was devoted to the preparedness of libary
collections for situations of "man made" disasters (conflict, war)
and/or natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, hurricanes). A panel of
international experts discussed these issues and exchanged their views.

Papers concentrated on different aspects of the issues. One part
focuses on national policy planning with contributions by speakers from
countries that have established national planning efforts and
strategies for handling disasters, specifically as they relate to
cultural organizations, such as libraries, archives and museums.
Another part concentrates on the institutional level, with an emphasis
on what has shown to work based on practical experiences in libraries
and other sectors: human resource and response issues, training
requirements, pitfalls and success factors. In addition a worldwide
scala of case studies is presented.

The book pays tribute to the efforts that have been made to protect
or recover our cultural heritage from disaster, and provides valuable
advise on planning for emergencies and on the preventive measures
needed to safeguard collections.

Preparing for the Worst, Planning for the Best: Protecting
our Cultural Heritage from Disaster.

Ed. by Nancy Gwinn and Johanna Wellheiser.
München: Saur, 2005, 192 p.
(IFLA Publications; 111)
ISBN 3-598-21842-7
Price: EUR 78 (IFLA Members EUR 58)

Publications, Preservation and Conservation, Preservation, Disaster management, Cultural heritage

Last update: 5 October 2012