On Monday, May 1, the LSU Libraries observed MayDay by providing staff with training in how to use a fire extinguisher. The training was in support of the Society of American Archivists’ effort to encourage archivists and other cultural heritage professionals take personal and professional responsibility for doing something simple – something that can be accomplished in one day but that can have a significant impact on an individual’s or a repository’s ability to respond to an emergency or disaster.
Patrick West, of LSU’s Office of Occupational and Environmental Safety, led the training exercise, which included hands-on experience with putting out a fire. Staff had a blast (!) and came away with a good feeling that they’d be more comfortable using a fire extinguisher should the need arise.
For more about MayDay, see the SAA website at http://www.archivists.org/mayday/index.asp.