Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Canadian libraries and museums prepare for natural disasters, digital threats

Dangers like earthquakes, flooding, and forest fires have made emergency preparedness a priority for Canada’s archival spaces, but funding for infrastructure can be hard to come by.

Hamilton Spectator https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8879741-canadian-libraries-and-museums-prepare-for-natural-disasters-digital-threats/

“As Brazil mourns the loss of irreplaceable artifacts after a fire ravaged the collection at its national museum, Canadian archivists say some of this country’s heritage treasures could also be at risk.

Cara Krmpotich, director of the University of Toronto’s museum studies program, said dangers like earthquakes, flooding, and forest fires have made emergency preparedness a priority for Canada’s archival spaces, but funding for infrastructure can be hard to come by.

“Could what happened in Brazil happen here? In some ways, absolutely,” said Krmpotich.”