How We 'May' Protect Our Cultural Treasures

“May Day!” is a well-known distress call.  But “MayDay” is also a project to help prevent distress of another kind: Archives, libraries, museums and historic preservation organizations have set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay, an initiative to protect cultural heritage from disasters.

For our part, the Library last year contributed a “mutual assistance” charter for cooperative emergency initiatives.

This year, as part of MayDay disaster preparedness, the Library has developed a poster showing “Level of Collections Emergency Scenarios.”  The chart is color-coded to denote the relative risk level of the different scenarios.

So stop and take a moment to think about how our cultural heritage can be better protected.  And “May” all of your collections forever be at light-yellow levels.

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