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Tuesday, May 17 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
(Book and Paper) Archives Conservation Discussion Group 2016: “Innovative Approaches to Disaster Response: Real-Life Tips and Tricks”

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The session presentations will highlight panelists’ experience with disaster planning and salvage of archival and related materials after natural or man-made disasters. While some collections emergencies require the intervention of disaster recovery vendors, many institutions must address significant disasters with resources that are immediately available. Panelist presentations will emphasize new, adaptive, or practical approaches, including those that share lessons learned from past disaster experience and use of new technology. Following a series of brief presentations, we encourage discussion among the panelists and audience members. 

Marta O’Neill, National Archives and Records Administration
“Using new approaches to an old problem: Still learning from the St. Louis Fire of 1973”

Whitney Baker, University of Kansas Libraries
“Disaster response: The human element”

Debra Cuoco, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University
“Sustained recovery: How to survive a disaster after the initial response is complete”

Olivia Primanis, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
“An alternative technique for air drying wet books”

Yasmeen Khan, Dan Paterson, and Andrew Robb, The Library of Congress
“Large Scale Response to Wet Books at the Library of Congress: Tried and True Techniques”

Daishi Yoshihara, Ph.D., National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo

Masashi Amano, Ph.D., International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University
“Grass-roots citizen volunteers as a solution for disaster preparedness?”

Moderators
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Andrea Knowlton-[PA]

Senior Book Conservator, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Andrea Knowlton is Senior Book Conservator for the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. She previously served as Associate Conservator for Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Dawn Mankowski

Conservator, NYU Libraries
Dawn Mankowski is a 2013 graduate of the Buffalo State College program in Art Conservation. She is currently a Special Collections Conservator at NYU Libraries. She was previously the Book and Paper Conservator for the New York State Archives, Library, and Museum. Dawn also served... Read More →

Speakers
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Masashi Amano

Assistant Professor, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University
Masashi Amano is an Assistant Professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from Tohoku University, where he studied 18-19th century Japanese political history and paleography. His current research focuses... Read More →
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Whitney Baker-[PA]

Head of Conservation, University of Kansas Libraries
Whitney Baker is Head of Conservation Services at the University of Kansas Libraries, where she has worked since 2002. Since 2004 she has taught the preventive conservation class in the graduate program in Museum Studies at the University of Kansas. She holds an MLIS and Advanced... Read More →
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Debra Cuoco

Conservator, Harvard Library, Weissman Preservation Center
Debra Cuoco is a paper conservator for special collections at Harvard University’s Weissman Preservation Center. Prior to joining the Harvard's conservation lab in 2002, she held internships at the CCAHA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbia University, and Emory University... Read More →
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Yasmeen Khan

Head of Paper Conservation, Library of Congress
Yasmeen Khan is Head of Paper Conservation at the Library of Congress. She has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from Barnard College, and an MLIS from the University of Texas with an Advanced Certificate in Conservation. In 1996 she began working for the Library of Congress, initially... Read More →
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Marta O'Neill

Preservation Officer, NARA-NPRC - Preservation Program
Marta O'Neill is currently the Preservation Officer for NARA's Preservation Program at St. Louis. She joined NARA in 2000 as a Supervisory Preservation Specialist in the Reformatting Lab, and was promoted to the Preservation Officer position in 2004. Prior to arriving at NARA, she... Read More →
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Dan Paterson

Senior Conservator, Book Conservation Section, Library of Congress
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Olivia Primanis

Senior Book Conservator, Harry Ransom Center
Olivia Primanis is the Senior Book Conservator at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, where she performs conservation treatments and manages the book lab and special projects. She is interested in general conservation and preservation subjects relating to library and museum... Read More →
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Andrew Robb

Special Projects Officer, Library of Congress
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Daishi Yoshihara

Associate Fellow, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo
Daishi Yoshihara is an Associate Fellow at the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties in Tokyo. He specializes in disaster preparedness and risk management for historical local archives. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from Kobe University, where he studied 20th century... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Room 520