“Canadian Libraries and Museums Prepare for Natural Disasters, Digital Threats”
As Brazil mourns the loss of irreplaceable artifacts after a fire ravaged the collection at its national museum, Canadian archivists say some of this country’s heritage treasures could also be at risk.
Cara Krmpotich, director of the University of Toronto’s museum studies program, said dangers like earthquakes, flooding, and forest fires have made emergency preparedness a priority for Canada’s archival spaces, but funding for infrastructure canlip] be hard to come by.
Krmpotich said the tragic loss is a too-late reminder of the value artifacts have in storytelling, memory and identity.
“We often ask about, what is the value of culture and the arts in moments of economic crisis,” said Krmpotich.
“I think this event has shown us that actually, when they’re not there, we really feel it. That’s what we know what their value is and how important they are.”
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.