Most of us would probably admit that there are days we would rather not go to work, when the thought of curling up with a good book, or watching a movie or even going for a walk is very appealing. But how would we feel if our work place was destroyed in a fire, flood or by some other natural or man made disaster and we couldn't go to work?
Throughout history and especially since 9/11 everyone including librarians realize that there must be policies in place in case of natural or man made disasters. In the summer of 2005, I took Preservation and Risk Management LIS 598, offered by the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta, mainly because I thought it very important especially in this day and age, I thought the subject matter would be interesting and I realized that I knew very little about it. I learned a great deal in the course about floods, fire, theft, pests and other natural and man made disasters that may occur in libraries. I discovered the disaster plan that the University has published and I researched the topic of pests in libraries. The topic was a timely one for me as we had just lifted the no food no drink restriction in the library that I work in, and library staff were faced with sticky keyboards and the mess and odors left on tables and waste paper baskets from leftover food.
I chose to feature this paper as my capping exercise because it touched on so many of the courses that I took in library school. Right from the very first course LIS 501, Foundations of Library and Information Studies, I learned that libraries must change their image or face obsolesence. In LIS 593, Archives and Administration, I learned that libraries and archives are responsible for preserving the historical record of society. In LIS 592, Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility, I learned that socially responsible librarians will do their best to provide the best service they can to all members of society. It follows that in order to make the library a friendlier place to be many librarians have relaxed their no food no drink policies. However the situation is complicated because librarians are responsible for preserving the historical record of society and libraries house precious collections of books, manuscripts, periodicals, photographs, maps, drawings and many other forms of memorabilia. Is it more important to preserve these materials or to make them more assessible to library patrons? My research for this paper taught me that the implementation of an Integrated Pest Management System, may provide a positive answer to both questions.
In LIS 506, I learned how to construct a web page in html. To fulfill the requirements of the capping exercise I searched for a template that I liked on the web and then used Text Wrangler to construct this page.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Library School. My classes have been very enjoyable, I have made some wonderful friends and I have the highest regard and respect for my professors and the library school staff.
Last updated: January 16, 2007