An open access chapter from the new edition of Alison Cullingford’s Special Collections Handbook is now available to view and download from the Facet Publishing website.
The chapter discusses threats that can destroy collections or items within them very quickly: the timescale for effective action is much shorter, so prevention, planning and rapid response are essential. The chapter covers:
- Causes and impact of emergencies in Special Collections, with particular emphasis on fire and water damage.
- How to prevent and prepare for emergencies via the emergency plan.
- Issues in responding to and recovering from emergencies.
- Planning for service continuity.
- Security issues and how to manage them
- Insurance issues.
Fully updated since the first edition, the Handbook covers all aspects of special collections work: preservation, developing collections, understanding objects, emergency planning, security, legal and ethical concerns, cataloguing, digitization, marketing, outreach, teaching, impact, advocacy and fundraising.
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