01 May 2016
Today is May Day (1 May)
Per the Society of American Archivists ...
Protecting our collections is one of our fundamental responsibilities as archivists. The Heritage Health Index, released in 2005 soon after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma struck the
, reported that few institutions have disaster plans and for those that do, often the plan is out of date. It’s easy to put off emergency response planning as we devote our attentions to tasks with more immediate “payback.” Gulf Coast
But on May 1 – this year and every year – you can do something that will make a difference when and if an emergency occurs. That’s the purpose of MayDay – a grassroots effort whose goal is to save our archives.
MayDay is a time when archivists and other cultural heritage professionals take personal and professional responsibility for doing something simple – something that can be accomplished in a day but that can have a significant impact on an individual’s or a repository’s ability to respond.
What are you or the archives and libraries near you doing to celebrate May Day and ensure that if disaster strikes, there is an emergency response plan in place to preserve and protect at risk collections?
Editor’s Note: Related posts include It's May Day -- Help Save our Archives! (2013), Tomorrow, 1st May 2011 is MayDay - Help "Save Our Archives" (2011)
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