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University of Vermont (Burlington, VT 05405-0160)
Christopher Burns (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

Emergency Response Training for Collections for the University of Vermont Libraries

Training in disaster planning and response for staff across the university’s library system, located in five separate facilities.  The project would help to ensure that steps outlined in recently produced disaster plans would be carried out most effectively.  The library’s holdings include a circulating collection of 2.9 million volumes, along with 10,000 linear feet of unique published and unpublished materials housed in its Special Collections Department supporting scholarship on Vermont history and culture, the Civil War, art history, literature, natural history, linguistics, and the history of medicine.  Highlights include the papers of Dorothy Canfield Fisher, which include correspondence with Willa Cather, Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), Richard Wright, and other notable authors. The training would provide guidance to staff on methods for minimizing damage to collections caused by water or smoke and would offer opportunities for practice in recovering wet materials.

The University of Vermont Libraries requests a $6,000 Preservation Assistance Grant to train an Emergency Response Team for Collections to to respond efficiently and effectively to minimize damage to collections after a flood, fire, or other disaster. As the largest research library in Vermont, the Bailey/Howe Library is home to 2.9 million volumes and distinctive collections including the most comprehensive collection of Vermont materials in the world. The UVM Libraries will ask Mary Jo (MJ) Davis and Barbara Moore, conservators with extensive experience in disaster planning and response for cultural heritage collections, to hold a day-long, hands-on disaster response workshop for 40 UVM Libraries staff members (20 in the hands-on portion).

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018