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RESILIENT Workshops: Prevent Mold

The RESILIENT Workshops will 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.

Resources for Libraries

NY Mold Program (NY Dept of Labor)
The Dept of Labor's Mold Program is responsible for enforcing Article 32 of the New York State Labor Law, establishes licensing requirements and minimum work standards for professionals engaged in mold assessment and remediation. Includes factsheets on mold assessment and remediation.

Safety and Health Information Bulletins (OSHA): See also specific bulletins referenced in the workshop handout.

NEDCC Preservation Leaflets (Northeast Document Conservation Center)

Disaster Preparedness (Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services for New York)

In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) course (NLM)

Resources for Communities

Molds (aka Fungi) (MEDLINE Plus)

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters (CDC)

Preparing for a Flood (FEMA) - skip to the Be Safe AFTER section:
"Use an appropriate mask if cleaning mold or other debris. People with asthma and other lung conditions and/or immune suppression should not enter buildings with indoor water leaks or mold growth that can be seen or smelled. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work."

Mold Image Library (EPA): Not just pictures of blobs! Includes images of mold damage in buildings, prevention fixes, and remediation.

A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home (EPA)

Mold and Your Home: What You Need to Know (NY Dept. of Health)

Webinar Recording - Preventing and Responding to Mold

Attend the Webinar - for all library workers

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.


The RESILIENT Workshops and related materials are organized and presented by Southeastern New York Library Resources Council with a Health Information Outreach Award from the National Library of Medicine during 2020/2021.
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.

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