About the IFLA Risk Register
Who is the Risk Register For?
The Risk Register is for institutions holding documentary heritage collections. These collections can be of value to a local community, or on a national, regional, or international scale. If you are holding a collection that you feel might be facing risk from natural disaster, conflict, or lack of risk reduction planning, this can help you find solutions.
Although an independent committee assesses authenticity of collections, the IFLA Risk Register is not a register of only those collections deemed to be of world significance. It also does not aim to be an exhaustive list of all documentary heritage. This initiative helps equip practitioners with tools to manage risk, while cataloguing critical information about registered documentary heritage collections.
Why use the Risk Register?
Complex threats can be better faced with the support of a network. This initiative allows for information sharing when it is necessary, while connecting practitioners to resources wherever they may be.
Registering a collection helps ensure that it is recognised in the face of disaster or conflict. The Risk Register Toolkit also compiles tools, guidelines, and advice from international experts to assist with risk reduction and preparedness measures.
What if my collection is already registered elsewhere?
The IFLA Risk Register does not aim to be an exhaustive list of all documentary heritage collections. If your collection is adequately covered on a national register, you are not obliged to register it here as well. Perhaps instead, approach others in your network who may be interested in registering a collection.