Preventing and Responding to Mold in Your Library

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021
Time: 1pm-2:30pm
Location: Online Via Zoom
Trainers: Bexx Caswell-Olson, Director of Book Conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

Preventing and Responding to Mold in Your Library: REady Steady In the Library: taking Initiative before an Emergency, Natural disaster, or Trauma

Mold can pose a serious threat to cultural heritage materials and poses health and safety risks. In this webinar, participants will learn how to distinguish mold from look-alikes and how to tell the difference between active and inactive mold. We will also discuss health and safety precautions that must be observed when handling mold, how to safely clean mold, and when to call in a professional. Finally, we will discuss how to prevent future mold outbreaks through proactive preservation measures.

Bexx Caswell-Olson is the Director of Book Conservation at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), where she confers with NEDCC clients to develop appropriate book conservation treatment proposals and manages the Center’s team of talented book conservators. She earned a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennet Street School, an MS in Library Science from Simmons College, and a BA in Non-fiction Writing and Journalism from Eugene Lang College. She is a Professional Associate Member of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and is an approved assessor for AIC’s Collection Assessment Program. Bexx is devoted to conservation, bookbinding, and book arts, and also serves as President and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Guild of Book Workers.

This event is free and open to all library workers.
All participants will receive a certificate for CE Credit.
The webinar will be recorded.

About the series:

This presentation is the fourth in a series of webinars to support and empower library staff and improve library resiliency in the preparation, response, and recovery phases of an emergency or disaster in their libraries or communities.
More information about the entire series is on our LibGuide here.

Workshop 1: Opening Session: Developing RESILIENT Libraries – Thursday, October 1, 2020
Workshop 2: Self Care, Self Defense & De-escalation – Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Workshop 3: Planning for Extended Electrical Outages - Monday, November 9, 2020
Workshop 4: Communications & Continuity of Operations during a Disaster - Monday, February 22, 2021

These workshops are organized by Southeastern New York Library Resources Council with a Health Information Outreach Award from the National Library of Medicine. Developed resources reported in this project are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.