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Practical Preparedness: Dealing with compounding disasters

  • 27 Oct 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
  • 10


  • For participants who are not current financial members of SLANSW

    * Price includes GST
  • SLANSW members can attend this online meet-up for free

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Presented by Heather Brown, Sue Hutley and Susan Mapleson

SLANSW in collaboration with the School Library Association of Victoria (SLAV) and Blue Shield Australia offer members an Online Meet-up stemming from the impact of last Summer's bush fire season, which was compounded by floods. With the added issue of COVID-19 to deal with, we are aiming to be better prepared for this years’ season, knowing that we will be facing compounding disasters.

The goal of this Online Meet-up is to provide our members with practical strategies to deal with disasters, should their library be directly impacted in the future. Presenters will share their experiences, guide participants through creating a 'preparedness document' and look to strengthen support networks across the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sectors. 

About Heather Brown

Heather Brown is an Assistant Director at Artlab Australia/State Library of South Australia and is the co-author of the ALIA Disaster Management for Libraries Guide. 

Heather will discuss practical tips for disaster preparedness, the ALIA template documents and scenarios and other useful resources available.

About Sue Mapleson

Susan Mapleson is the Senior Teacher Librarian at Christian College, Geelong. In her 21 years at the school the last couple have been the most challenging as the Senior Library was flooded twice and then in 2018 the Library and Administration building were destroyed by fire. This experience is not something that you are ever prepared for, but I hope to share some of the positives that came out of rebuilding a new library.

About Sue Hutley and Blue Shield 

Sue Hutley is the General Manager, Library Customer Services at Bond University Library.  During her career, Sue has worked in managerial positions in special, public and academic libraries and well as a not-for-profit Executive Director.  Sue is currently the volunteer Chair of Blue Shield Australia, a national committee of Blue Shield International, working to protect cultural heritage threatened by armed conflict and natural disasters.  


About SLANSW Online Meet-Ups

The meet-up is not accredited by NESA, but does qualify as Teacher Identified Professional Development (TIPD). The one-hour meet-up will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room and will comprise: 

  • an introduction by Sue Hutley
  • a personal experience by Susan Mapleson
  • a presentation by Heather Brown
  • resource sharing, including template documents for participants to continue to work on, post Meet-up.

A maximum of 48 places are available for SLANSW members for this meet-up, so get your registrations in ASAP.

Participation in SLANSW online meet-ups is at no cost to members.  Non-members may access the meet-ups for $35 per session.

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