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Workshop on Disaster Preparedness

METRO and the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (MIAP) program at New York University are co-sponsoring a full-day, low-cost workshop on Thursday, March 7: Disaster Preparedness and Response Bootcamp for Mixed Media Collections. Registration for this full-day, hands-on workshop is only $45 thanks to partial funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The recent experience of Hurricane Sandy emphasized the importance of disaster planning and disaster response for local libraries, archives, and museums. In this full-day workshop, participants will be introduced to critical first response steps as well as logistics considerations and operational requirements of a salvage-and-recovery scenario for cultural heritage collections by way of hands-on exercises covering a variety of media types. Participants will also learn how to improve their disaster preparedness plans so that when the next disaster strikes, caretakers will be ready to respond. While handling and recovery procedures for different media types will be discussed, this workshop will not go into great detail on conservation procedures for specific media types.

Disaster Preparedness and Response Bootcamp for Mixed Media Collections will be led by Kara Van Malssen of Audiovisual Preservation Solutions, whose work with disasters and audiovisual collections began in 2005 when, as a graduate student in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program, she received a grant provide assistance to damaged audiovisual collections in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She has recently used her experience in disaster response to manage the recovery of 1500 media items at Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, which was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, overseeing 40+ volunteers in an intensive three-day effort to salvage and clean damaged videotapes and computer disks.

Registration for this event is now open.

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