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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?”

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Andrea Knowlton

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.

Dawn Mankowski

Special Collections Conservator, Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation Department, New York University Library

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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 on preserving family, local and historical records, in particular through developing collaborations between various archive-holding agencies. In 2010, he joined the... Read More →
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Whitney Baker

Head of Conservation Services, University of Kansas Libraries
Whitney Baker is Head of Conservation Services at the University of Kansas Libraries, where she has worked since 2002. She holds an MLIS and Advanced Certificate in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been “fortunate” to respond to diverse and large disasters, from fire to flood to mold outbreak, in her work history.
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Debra Cuoco

Paper Conservator, Weissman Preservation Center, Harvard University
Debra Cuoco earned her Master of Art Conservation from the Queen's University program in Ontario, Canada in 2001, specializing in paper and book conservation. She completed internships at Columbia University Library, LACMA, and the CCAHA. She has been a paper conservator at the Weissman Preservation Center at Harvard University since 2002.
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Yasmeen Khan

Senior Conservator, Book Conservation Section, Library of Congress
Yasmeen Khan is a Senior Conservator in the Book Conservation Section at the Library of Congress.The authors are all past or present members of the Preservation Emergency Response Team and have been involved in multiple water events affecting a wide spectrum of collections. PERT is made up of members from throughout the Preservation Directorate and was formed in 1995 to manage all emergency incidents and recoveries involving Library of Congress... 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 worked in the Special Collections Division at the Chicago Public Library and at Hamill and Barker Antiquarian Booksellers in Chicago. In both organizations, she was... Read More →
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Dan Paterson

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

Senior Conservator, Harry Ransom Center
Olivia Primanis is Senior Book Conservator in the Ransom Center Preservation and Conservation Division. At the Center since 1990, she performs conservation treatments, teaches, and contributes to a variety of activities that support the preservation of the collections. She received her training as an apprentice with Jean Gunner beginning in the mid-1970s at Hunt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Her study interests... Read More →
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Andrew Robb

Head, Special Format Conservation Section and Coordinator, Preservation Emergency Response Team, Library of Congress
Andrew Robb has been at the Library of Congress since 1996 and currently is Head of Special Format Conservation in the Conservation Division. He also is responsible for the Library’s Preservation Emergency Response Team and serves on the Library’s Emergency Management Team. He has been a Co-Chair of Emergency Committee of the American Institute for Conservation and serves on AIC’s Collection Emergency Response Team. He is the... Read More →
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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 Japanese urban social history. Since 2009, he has been a volunteer staff member at the Network for Preserving Historical Materials (Kobe), and actively involved... Read More →

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

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