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Here are a selection of links relevant to our sector - contact us if you have any further suggestions.

Archives New Zealand

Auckland Libraries Heritage et al blog

Cantage – Canterbury Heritage Team

Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team

Conservation Online [United States]

IFLA's (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) set of resources relating to libraries and cultural heritage

Library of Congress : taking digital preservation outreach resources to the Classroom

Museum Workshop

National Preservation Office – National Library of New Zealand

National Services Te Paerangi - Te Papa

New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials

New Zealand Micrographics Service

Disaster preparedness, response and recovery

The Canterbury earthquakes have shown the impact that disasters can have on New Zealand libraries.  Althoug these natural disasters have had signficant and visible effects, disasters can occur in many forms.  Approprate disaster recovery/business continuity planning for libraries can assist in both prevention and response.

The following links provide resources to get you started towards disaster preparedness for your library.

1. Key organisations


The New Zealand Library Association Inc. (operating as LIANZA) is the professional organisation for the New Zealand library and information management profession. Find our more at

Preservation SIG, LIANZA

Our SIG works to foster awareness and understanding of preservation issues as they relate to New Zealand libraries, so that positive outcomes are achieved through effective collaboration. To join the Preservation SIG or find out more, go to

National Preservation Office, National Library of New Zealand

It pays to plan ahead and be prepared for disasters of any size - whether a leak or a flood, a fire or an earthquake. Preservation staff at the National Library can provide advice on how to deal with damaged items and with planning for a disaster. Find our more at

Collection Care - Archives New Zealand

If you are face with any type of damage to your archival records, please call Collection Care at Archives New Zealand for advice. They are able to provide information on freeze drying services and preparing material for freeze drying. Email Collection Care at or telephone Diana Coop at (04) 495-6221.  Contact Archives New Zealand for more details at

2. Disaster Recovery Plans

Australian Library and Information Association -

Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team -

CoOL (Conservation OnLine) -

3. Preservation - some do's and don'ts

National Preservation Office, National Library of New Zealand - caring for your books -

Archives Outside (Australia) - dealing with wet records -

National Library of Australia - disaster preparedness and prevention policy -

Penn State University Library (United States of America) -

Protext (United States of America) -

The Smithsonian (United States of America) - handling paper artefacts do's and don'ts -

4. Disaster response

National Preservation Office, National Libary of New Zealand - see above, section 1.

Archives New Zealand - see above, section 1. 

The Beginner's Guide to bug-out bags and emergency kits -

Emergency procedures - National Services Te Papa -

Minimising disaster - National Services Te Papa -

New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials -

Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management -

5. Other New Zealand resources

Cantage - Canterbury Heritage -

Disaster recovery of archives and records in the Canterbury region -

Earthquake or flood - impact on school libraries -

6. Case studies

Carolyn Robertson, Christchurch City Libraries shares her experiences of the Canterbury earthquakes and their effect on library services. View the video presentation of 'Shaken but not stirred : libraries supporting earthquake recovery' at

7. Other overseas resources

Australian Library and Information Association -

Baltimore Academic Libraries Consortium -

Blue Shield Australia -

British Library disaster/emergency planning -

Library of Congress emergency preparedness -

US National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators -

8. Services and suppliers

Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team -

Conservation Supplies -

Triptych Conservation -

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