Disaster Preparation Workshop – Oct. 1, 2012

14 Sep

A one day workshop on disaster preparation and wet salvage of archival and library materials will be held at Washington University West Campus Conference Center on Oct. 1, 2012. This is a hands-on event for archivists and librarians sponsored by the Association of St. Louis Area Archivists (ASLAA).

Libraries and archives in the Midwest are vulnerable to many types of natural disasters including floods, fires, tornadoes, and even earthquakes from the New Madrid fault. This workshop will cover basics of disaster planning and recovery of materials such as paper, photographs, textiles, film, and video. There will be lectures and a hands-on workshop giving participants a chance to observe the ways different media are damaged in a disaster and then actual experience recovering wet and damaged materials. The workshop will be suitable for beginners through experienced participants, and will address issues for handling special collections and archival collections.

The workshop is hosted by Washington University in conjunction with the National Archives at St. Louis and will be held at the West Campus Conference Center. The Association of St. Louis Area Archivists is sponsoring the event and accepting registrations. For more information contact ASLAA or the National Archives at St. Louis.

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