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The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stump recently joined its staff as Executive Secretary to the State Librarian. Jennifer will manage the office of the State Librarian and provide organizational support for special programs and projects.
Before joining the State Library Jennifer was doing freelance work for Ohio Educational Service Center Association where she researched legislative & budget issues affecting educational service centers. Jennifer worked at the Legislative Services Commission as a Research Associate from 2000-2012 where she provided Ohio General Assembly with nonpartisan bill drafting and research services on topics in education & library policy. She also has experience teaching at Greenfield Community College (Greenfield, MA) and University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA).
Jennifer holds a Master of Arts in Political Science, with a specialization in American politics & regulatory policy from University of Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with minors in US History & Psychology from DePauw University.
The State Library of Ohio is pleased to announce that Kirstin Krumsee has been promoted to Government Information Library Consultant. Kirstin will coordinate and maintain all aspects of the Government Documents program at the State Library, Ohio’s only full regional federal depository, as well as assist Ohio libraries and librarians to understand and effectively leverage government information and data.
Kirstin has been a Reference Services Librarian specializing in electronic resources at the State Library of Ohio since November 2011. She has participated in outreach and library services to state government including the development of instructional materials, and presentations for learning to use library resources. An emerging leader, Kirstin was selected and will be participating in Library Leadership Ohio 2014 this summer. She was also selected to participate and completed ILEAD USA Ohio 2013, an immersive one-year continuing education program that develops library leaders through projects based on community needs using technology.
She is an active member of the Ohio Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) and recently contributed to the planning and selection of federal and state government documents on display now at the Ohio Statehouse.
Kirstin has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ohio State University.
Prior to joining the State Library, Kirstin worked in public and special libraries including the Upper Arlington Public Library, the Ohioana Library and as Information Services Librarian for the Edison Welding Institute.
MayDay is a national effort for cultural heritage institutions to prepare for disasters. Sponsored by Heritage Preservation, MayDay encourages institutions to take one small step toward protecting the books, documents, records, and art and artifacts they hold in trust. Each year, Heritage Preservation collects examples of the simple steps cultural heritage institutions take in order to be prepared for a disaster.
The Ohio Connecting to Collections partners, are encouraging Ohio’s cultural heritage institutions to take part in MayDay activities. As an incentive to participate in May Day activities, any cultural heritage organization that submits a disaster plan to one of the partner organizations (State Library of Ohio, Ohio Museums Association, Ohio History Center, Ohio Local History Alliance) by May 31, 2014 will be entered into a drawing for one of five Emergency Response and Disaster Wheel.
The Ohio Connecting to Collections partners encourage libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies to invite their local fire departments to their site this May for a walk through. In an emergency you will be working with your local first responders to save your materials and secure your institution. A walk through will help first responders know what materials and items are of highest priority to be save should a disaster occur. By working together, institutions and fire departments can gain understanding of how each other works, and dramatically increase the possibility of preserving lives, facilities, and collections in an emergency.
Invite your local fire department for a walk-through. Ask them for assistance in emergency pre-planning and drills. Following is a list of items your local fire department will want to know about your institution and collections in order to respond effectively to an emergency. Make sure you discuss procedures that can help prevent unnecessary damage during response and recovery efforts. This includes both the removal and/or protection in place of the collection.
- blueprint/floor plan of building with names or numbers identifying specific rooms/locations.
- floor plan indicating location of shut-off valves, alarms, sprinkler systems, phone lines, etc.
- map of property
- copy of your exit plan
- floor plan citing location of hazardous materials (chemicals, lawn care, paint, etc.)
- floor plan citing location of priority materials. Photos of those materials should be attached.
- contact information for key staff and board members
- name of point person to work with at fire department and other first responders
Remember: The more information you prepare in advance, the better prepared everyone will be during an emergency. Therefore, the month of May is also an excellent time to review and update (or begin) your disaster plan.
There are several resources to assist you in developing a disaster plan:
Connecting to Collections online community: The section on “Prepare for and Respond to Emergencies” includes templates to write a disaster plan and archival recordings on developing a plan.
The Ohio Connecting to Collections Model Policies site includes examples of disaster plans from Ohio cultural heritage organizations.
Heritage Preservation has information and resources to assist institutions in writing a disaster plan.
Additionally, many Ohio organizations, including the Ohio Preservation Council (OPC) and the ICA offer workshops on writing disaster plans on a fairly regular basis. ICA and the Ohio Museums Association will be offering “Disaster Planning Redux: Polar Vortices, Super-Storms and Sink Holes, Oh my!” on June 23, 2014 from 10:00 – 1:00 at the ICA – Art Conservation Labs. Registration at: www.ohiomuseums.org/professional-development/workshops