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Comment by Q-DIS on January 5, 2011 at 14:23

A resource packed with information to assist in the salvage of water damaged collections can be found on the State Library of Queensland website 


In addition to discussion on equipment and materials needed, setting up and creating the right storage environment, it emphasises that safety of people is paramount at all times. Salvage advice is then neatly summarised in a table  from the perspective of the material type damaged eg book, photograph or album. The table also includes information on salvage priority and handling considerations.

Comment by Q-DIS on January 4, 2011 at 11:05

Rockhampton floods

At the moment flood waters are still rising in Rockhampton. At 6am Tuesday 3/01/11 the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton was 9.15 metres and rising
slowly with major flooding. It is expected to peak up to 9.4 metres on
Wednesday and to remain above 8.5 metres (major) for 1
week after the peak.

The flood waters are heading towards the Rockhampton Historical Society and part of their preparations have included getting their local football team to help raise the collection onto trestles and the council has supplied them with two pumps.

See the story at:


Comment by Ann Baillie on December 16, 2010 at 18:25

Here's a useful blog post on Preparing for Disasters from Sarah- Jane Rennie at M&G NSW


Useful tips from the NSW floods.

Comment by Lisa Jones on December 15, 2010 at 9:18


In 2007 (typically while I was away from the office for a week) we had a substantial water leak in one of our store rooms. Luckily apart from ruined paintwork and smelly carpets there was no damage to the collection.  In 2009 it happened again, and because we did not write down what happened in 2007, holes were recut into ceilings and money was re-spent when it was not necessary. In 2010 the leak happened for a third time, easily 10 litres of water came out of the ceiling - but this time I had documented the previous encounters and we could quickly get the problem seen to and as this seemed to becoming a yearly occurrence I got the air-conditioning men to tell me the precise problem. Its probably going to happen again (one of the joys of being housed in an 8 storey building)  but  now I have documentation of the disasters, an annual reminder in my calendar and have added the Disaster Documentation to our Disaster Preparedness Plan.

DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT, DOCUMENT - It so very important.


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