The ARL Standing Committee of IFLA will be hosting a series to engage in discourse on issues relating to academic and research libraries. Please join us!! Our next session is:

Tales of rising from the ashes:
rebuilding libraries/museums after a disaster

Date: October 11, 2021
Time: 14:00-15:30 (CEST)

On Sunday, 18 April 2021, a runaway wildfire engulfed the University of Cape Town’s Jagger Reading Room and destroyed much of its special collections including rare books, films, photographs and records. Sadly, such destruction of libraries/archives/museums by fires or other natural disasters are not rare. Each part of the world has had its fair share of intensive damage to iconic library buildings and resources caused by fire or other natural disasters.
The IFLA ARL section will be hosting a webinar on the recovery, restoration and rebuilding of libraries/museums after destruction by fire and other natural disasters. The Section seeks to use this opportunity to raise awareness about the problem and to contribute to the knowledge about the rebuilding of libraries, archives, and museums.
The webinar is composed of panelists from all over the world who were intimately involved in experiencing and dealing with a disaster. The panelists will share their experiences and perspectives on how they managed to recover, rebound and rebuilt their institutions from the devastating effects of disasters.
Ujala Satgoor
Executive Director, University of Cape Town Libraries, South Africa
Gelnar Atoui Saad
Executive Director, Lebanese National Library, Lebanon
Okanlawon O. Adediji
University Librarian, Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Nigeria
Marília Bonas
Technical Director, Museum of the Portuguese Language, Brazil
Engelbert Schödder
Psychotherapy Practitioner and Certified Consultant for Psychotraumatology,
Rettungsdienst und Bevölkerungsschutz, Stadt Köln – Die Oberbürgermeisterin, Germany

Please click on this zoom link to join the webinar: (no registration required).

Series organisers: Xin Li
Siviwe Bangani
Reggie Raju
Chair of ARL: Gulcin Cribb