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About the Summit

The GPLS Facilities & Disaster Preparedness Summit is a 3-day conference designed to equip public librarians and other cultural heritage workers with the tools they need to create customized natural disaster plans tailored to their institutions. The Summit will address preparedness and recovery plans for both building facilities and materials collections, including COVID response, working with GEMA and FEMA, and self-care after disaster.

At the end of the Summit, attendees will be able to:


Nathan ‘Nate’ Rall
Executive Director of Planning & Programs
(404) 235-7153

Angela Stanley
Director of Archival Services & Digital Initiatives
(470) 304-0690

Join the Conference Livestream

Keynote Speaker Announced!

Scott Carey, Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for Museum and Library Services

GPLS is proud to announce our 2022 Facilities & Disaster Preparedness Summit keynote speaker Scott Carey. Mr. Carey was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for the Institute for Museum and Library Services in April 2021, and serves as REALM Project Director. Read more about Mr. Carey’s extensive experience here.

Intended Audience

The Facilities and Disaster Preparedness Summit is designed for Georgia’s public library staff as well as guests from key allied cultural heritage organizations. The Summit is specifically geared toward:

  • Library directors and senior leadership staff
  • Library building and facilities managers
  • Library collections care professionals


Registration, room, and board for the Summit is free to Georgia’s public library staff. The deadline for registration has passed.

Note: Conference attendees are responsible for the vehicle access fee of $8/day. Details are available here.


The summit will be held at:

Westin Jekyll Island
110 Ocean Way
Jekyll Island, GA 31527

Note: Conference attendees are responsible for the vehicle access fee of $8/day, plus any hotel incidentals charged to your room. Attendees will be asked to supply a credit card to cover incidentals at the time of hotel check-in.


  • Day One: Wednesday, April 13, 1pm-5pm (dinner provided)
  • Day Two: Thursday, April 14, 8:30am-5:30pm (breakfast and lunch provided)
  • Day Three: Friday, April 15, 8:30am-12:30pm (breakfast provided)

2022 Conference Materials

For Presenters

For Vendors

Tabling opportunities are available. Please reach out to Beverly Arnold via email to inquire. Registration and a Vendor Form are required of all vendors.

Past Facilities Summits

View program materials for the 2019 Facilities & Disaster Preparedness Summit.

2019 Conference Materials