Monthly Archives: April 2015


May 1 is Mayday – a day to reflect on, plan and/or practice disaster response and recovery plans and techniques. The purpose of MayDay is to focus on disaster preparedness for one day every year. Any form of preparedness helps if a disaster occurs. MayDay is an opportunity to update a disaster plan, practice emergency procedures, provide training (fire drills, evacuations, fire extinguisher use, etc.), update contact lists, and review storage facilities. These are just a few examples of activities for MayDay. Get creative and find an activity that is right for your facility, staff and collection.

       May Day Resources:

Suggested MayDay Activities

MayDay Quick Tips

MayDay falls within Preservation Week

MayDay Resources

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       Disaster Related Webinars on May 1, 2015

Disaster Response Q&A (free)

After Disasters: Salvage and Recovery in Small to Mid-Sized Museums and Libraries (free)

The Supercharged Management System: Applying the Incident Command System in Cultural Repositories (free, pre-recorded)

Preparation makes a difference. Do one thing on May 1, 2015 to prepare your institution for a disaster. Join the MayDay movement to protect our archives and our heritage!

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ASA’s Archives Institute

The Archives Society of Alberta (ASA) offers a 6-day intensive course providing an introduction to the fundamental principles and tasks undertaken by the archival profession. Topics include acquisition, accessioning, appraisal, arrangement, description, preservation, conservation, and disaster planning, among others. The course is taught by experienced ASA staff members as well as guest lecturers. Participants receive an Archives Institute certificate from the ASA upon completion of the course and take home exercise. The course is perfect for those working in or managing archival institutions with no previous education or training.

This year’s Archives Institute will be held May 4-9 in Calgary. The deadline to register is April 17, 2015. For more details, please visit our website.

We hope to see you at the Archives Institute!

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