The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR), will 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.

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.

First Session – June 6

Paterson Free Public Library

250 Broadway

Paterson, NJ 07501

Second Session – August 7

Wall Township Police Department

2700 Allaire Road

Wall, NJ 07719


First Session – June 7

Haddonfield Public Library

60 Haddon Ave.

Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Second Session – August 8

Camden County Fire & Police Academy

420 Woodbury-Turnersville Road

Blackwood, NJ 08012


First Session – June 8

Plainfield Public Library

800 Park Ave.

Plainfield, NJ 07060

Second Session – August 9

Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute

281 Campgaw Rd

Mahwah, NJ 07430


About the NJ Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR)

New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response (NJCAR) is a network of organization associations, agencies, and persons dedicated to safeguarding the cultural heritage of New Jersey. Through communication and training, the Alliance empowers New Jersey’s cultural community to preserve assets and sustain operations before, during, and after disasters.

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