IFLA's involvement in emergency situations

IFLA’s Preservation and Conservation Section and the Preservation and Conservation Core Activity (PAC) provide international forums for the exchange, development, and dissemination of knowledge and experience in the field of preservation and conservation. Both deal with theories, policies, and practices for the preservation of all heritage.

Since 1984 the Preservation and Conservation Section has worked closely with PAC Core Activity and its PAC Centres. The PAC Core Activity was created to ensure that library and archival materials, whether published or unpublished and regardless of format, will be preserved in accessible form. Both bodies are involved with the international preservation and conservation world and keep up-to-date with the technical, scientific, policy, and practical innovations which support the long term accessibility of documentary cultural heritage.

Risk RegisterThe Strategic Direction 3 (Cultural Heritage) positions preservation,conservation and safeguarding of documentary cultural heritage in IFLA’s Strategic Plan 2016-2021. The Strategic Direction supports the library and information services sector and works closely with our network of cultural heritage partners to safeguard cultural heritage in its diverse forms, including traditional, historical, indigenous and contemporary expression; and to achieve optimal coordination of our cultural heritage activities. Our previous Strategic Plan ensured the creation and implementation of the IFLA Risk Register for Documentary Heritage

Past Responses from IFLA

Some of our response actions are: 

IFLA has also published guidance on preparing and responding to disasters. Page 17 onwards covers in detail the aspect of disaster management and response.

Resources

Further examples of resources designed to help libraries deal with the consequences of disasters are below:

Disaster preparedness plans

There are also numerous resources and examples of disaster preparedness plans. Below are just a few examples from IFLA's Preservation and Conservation Centres:

  • North America: the Library of Congress has a page devoted to emergency preparedness and response.
     
  • Brazil: the National Library has a disaster response plan that has been translated into English.
     
  • Japan: The National Diet Library has a disaster preparedness plan

Last update: 20 September 2017