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Salvaging Collections after a Water Emergency

Flooded Library

News of the devastating floods that have impacted portions of the country can serve as a reminder of the importance of setting up library salvage plans in the event of a water emergency.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest  medical library, has recently introduced a new site, Emergency Preparedness and Response: How to Safely Stabilize Library Collections in the Event of a Water Emergency.

The website, a collaborative effort by NLM staff from the History of Medicine Division, Preservation and Collection Management Section, National Network Office, Office of Computer and Communications Systems, and the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, contains links to short instructional videos that provide visual training for institutional staff tasked with stabilizing collections affected by water.   The site also includes information on building recovery, health and safety, and preparedness.  A mobile version of the site is also available.

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