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“Emergency Response and Recovery of Water Damaged Collections Materials” Workshop in New Orleans

The workshop described below will be held at the Historic New Orleans Collection on June 22 and June 23. Details about registering will be available later.

The Library of Congress will be offering a workshop titled “Emergency Response and Recovery of Water-Damaged Collections Materials” at no cost to the host institution for up to 20 attendees (space permitting at each venue). This workshop will be held over two days and will include lecture and PowerPoint presentations concerning the principles of collections’ risk assessment, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and recovery of water-damaged collections materials. It will provide an overview of materials found in most collections and the effects that water has on them. Participants will work with water-damaged items and explore the most effective means to dry them. There will also be time for discussion of real case situations of particular interest to the attendees. The workshop will be of most value to librarians and archivists who are involved in the care and oversight of collections at their institutions, although there will be much to interest museum staff members as well.

Day One of the workshop will tentatively last from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Day Two will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There may be slight changes in these hours dependent upon institutional limitations. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials to get wet that are of particular interest to them, although the workshop instructors will provide adequate numbers of disposable objects for all to benefit from practice during the hands-on exercises.

Instructor: Alan Haley, Conservation Division/Preservation Directorate, Library of Congress, Washington, DC  


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