Are you prepared? Can your organization afford not to be? Is that a risk worth taking?

The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR), are pleased to present a series of disaster preparedness training for libraries and humanities-collecting institutions. Each two-session workshop will take place in three locations in the state: north, central, and south.

The workshops will focus on risk assessment, disaster plan development, salvage priorities and salvage methods, and wet material recovery. At the conclusion of the first session, workshop attendees will have learned the tools necessary for their “homework” of creating draft disaster plans or revising old plans for their institutions. At the second session approximately six weeks later, attendees will review their plans together with the workshop leader, Thomas Clareson of LYRASIS, and continue their training.

Statewide organizational members of NJCAR (who comprise its Steering Committee) will provide in-person follow-up with workshop attendees three months after the training.

The workshop and follow-up activities will help New Jersey’s small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve their humanities collections and addresses the significant risk to New Jersey’s cultural heritage materials from natural disasters and other types of emergencies.

These workshops are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


$50 for both sessions for continental breakfast and box lunch on both days. Both sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Deadline to register is October 2, 2017.


What is NJCAR?

The New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response empowers New Jersey’s cultural communities to preserve assets and sustain operations before, during and after a disaster. NJCAR is a network of organizations, associations, agencies, and individuals dedicated to safeguarding the State’s cultural heritage.