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Risk management is a crucial set of concepts for preservation and conservation. Together with a deep knowledge of the various values all library materials carry, preservation can collaborate with individuals and institutions to weigh risk factors when acquiring, processing, housing, storing, handling, loaning, exhibiting, digitizing, and providing that most amazing library access of all…the opportunity to actually handle library materials in person. We work with campus insurance, facilities, disaster recovery businesses, security, and the budget office to manage big picture risks in world facing climate change, increased population pressure, wild fires, and an overwhelming accumulation of delayed infrastructure locally, regionally, and nationally.
Part of risk management is providing the library staff with emergency preparedness information and training. Preservation & Conservation provides the library with in person and online workshops on safety and protecting collections during emergencies. This is a different program than the campus emergency program which focuses on earthquake, fire, and other large scale events.