Resources

ACCESSIBILITY


ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments
On December 5, 2006, February 27, 2007, and May 7, 2007, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice issued installments of a new technical assistance document designed to assist state and local officials to improve compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in their programs, services, activities, and facilities. The new technical assistance document, which will be released in several installments over the next ten months, is entitled “The ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments.” The Tool Kit is designed to teach state and local government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to state and local government programs, services, and activities. It will also teach state and local officials how to conduct accessibility surveys of their buildings and facilities to identify and remove architectural barriers to access.

ADVOCACY AND ARCHIVES WEEK

 
Council of State Archivists' Archives Week Resources
This site provides an overview of Archives Month in America, and includes images of posters, a directory of activities, and some history and background about the event. There are additional links to planning/action guides published by a number of states and a public relations kit prepared by the Society of American Archivists.

Advocacy University Toolkit: American Library Association
Across the country, families are facing tough economic times. Americans are visiting their local public libraries more often and checking out items with greater frequency. Ironically, at the same time, libraries are being forced to reduce hours, cut staff and even close their doors. This toolkit contains resources and tools, including newsclips, op-eds and statistics to help supporters make the case for libraries in tough economic times. Some resources may be adaptable to other government archives and records institutions.

DISASTER PLANNING AND RECOVERY

The Northeast Document Conservation Center provides an introductory technical leaflet titled "Disaster Planning." This will serve as a good introduction to concepts and terms. NEDCC also offers a "Worksheet for Outlining a Disaster Plan" and other online technical pamphlets. This information is core action material which will make your response plan work. It must be maintained and updated as personnel turn over, telephones change, and suppliers come and go.

For a review of sample final plans, visit "Disaster Plans" at CoOl".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency maintains a site on General Salvage Techniques which reviews salvage techniques by types of collections including: electronic records, photographs, and paper. Content is derived from "The Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel...a user-friendly slide chart that provides quick access to essential information on protecting and salvaging collections." Heritage Preservation offers "The Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel" for purchase. The wheel has a water-resistant coating and magnets which can assist in placing the wheel on metal shelving for easy access.

GSA's Disaster Recovery Purchasing Program Available to State and Local Governments
Disaster Recovery Purchasing makes all GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contracts available to all state and local governments to enable them to respond and assist in the recovery from a disaster. State and local government entities can use GSA MAS contracts to purchase products and services to be used to facilitate recovery from a major disaster as declared by the U.S. President under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. In the aftermath of emergency events, state and local governments’ systems may be disrupted. Thus, the use of GSA MAS contracts prior to these events to acquire products and services to be used to facilitate recovery is authorized. State and local governments are responsible for ensuring that purchased products and services are used to facilitate recovery.

The Council of State Archivists (CoSA) directed a project to develop and deliver web and CD-based training on records emergency planning and response for state and local governments.“IPER” resources and training materials are available on CoSA’s website. (IPER is an acronym for Intergovernmental Preparedness for Essential Records.)

MISCELLANEOUS

The American Historical Association sponsors an Archives Wiki intended to serve as a clearinghouse of information about historical resources throughout the world. While it is primarily intended to be useful to historians and others doing historical research, researchers in many fields may find it useful.

The New York State Archives provides a wide variety of publications for specific audiences such as researchers and genealogists, records managers and archivists, students and teachers, state and local government officials, as well as for the general public.

The Northeast Document Conservation Center provides printable Preservation Leaflets with information on a wide variety of preservation topics, supplier contact information, and links to additional resources. The leaflets may be downloaded at no cost.

The National Park Service has published a series of short, focused leaflets about caring for museum facilities and objects in 21 different subject areas. These Conserv-O-Grams include information on a wide range of issues, from selecting floor coverings and fire safety to mold and caring for photographs.

The Library of Congress provides links to preservation publications and resources, while the National Archives provides resources, publications and guidance on aspects of records management.