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2020 Symposium on Emergency Planning in Libraries & Archives: Introduction

Symposium on Emergency Planning in Libraries & Archives

Libraries and archives have always been vulnerable to events that can strike at any time and in multiple forms such as fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, or pest and mold infestations. Over the last two decades, there have been increasing occurrences of active shooters, civil unrest, extreme weather events, and now a global pandemic. The Symposium brought professionals together from all types of institutions and organizations to discuss these threats, how to prepare for them, and share lessons learned.

The virtual Symposium  that took place on July 10, 2020 was organized into six sessions. Each session addressed a specific topic, such as communications, water, updating existing emergency plans, continuity, and creating an emergency plan. 



  • Christine Anne George, Assistant Director for Faculty & Scholarly Services, Editorial Coordinator, Dr. Lillian & Rebecca Chutick Law Library, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

  • Heather Kushnerick, MA, MLS, CA, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist, Fred Parks Law Library, South Texas College of Law Houston

  • Michele Pope, Serials/Government Documents Librarian and Associate Professor, Loyola University New Orleans Law Library