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Friday, August 5 • 9:30am - 10:45am
308 - Rethinking Disasters: Our Possible Future and Recent Case Studies

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This session examines the growing scale and complexity of disasters that affect archives. Unfortunately prior regional events are no longer an adequate gauge of potential risk, and waiting until a disaster occurs is not a viable option for archives to start addressing disaster response. The presenters discuss how climate change may shape future disasters that affect archives, case studies of recent disasters, and the impact of coordinating recovery efforts among various organizations.

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Eira Tansey

Digital Archivist/Records Manager, University of Cincinnati
Eira Tansey is the Digital Archivist/Records Manager at the University of Cincinnati. She received her BA in Geography from the University of Cincinnati and her MLIS from San Jose State University, and previously worked at the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Her research interests include cultural heritage labor equity, public records law and impact, and the intersection of archives and environmental issues. Tansey recently... Read More →


Jeremy Brett

Processing Archivist and Curator, Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection, Texas A&M University Libraries
Jeremy Brett is the Processing Archivist as well as the Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection at Texas A&M University. He received his M.L.S. and his M.A. in History from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a B.A. in History from George Washington University. He is a past Senior Co-Chair of the Issues & Advocacy Roundtable, and the Vice-Chair of the Privacy & Confidentiality Roundtable.

Peter Brothers

Peter Brothers is the CEO of SPECS BROS., LLC. He is one of the top experts on disaster recovery of magnetic media in the United States. He has presented talks, seminars and training workshops on disaster planning, response and recovery at numerous venues including museums, universities, AMIA, SAA, the Joint Technical Symposium and the LOC. He is a contributing author on National and International Standards concerning magnetic media... Read More →
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Kate Crowe

Curator for Special Collections and Archives, University of Denver
Kate Crowe is the Curator for Special Collections and Archives in the University of Denver (DU) Libraries. Since 2012, the University of Denver Libraries has operated a shared off-site facility where the space is managed by the library but shared with other university cultural heritage entities, including the Art Gallery and Anthropology Museum. Kate Crowe is the Curator for Special Collections and Archives at the University of Denver. She... Read More →
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Rebecca Elder

Principal, Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation
Rebecca Elder is an experienced cultural heritage preservation consultant with expertise in emergency preparedness and response. She is chair of the SAA's National Disaster Recover Fund for Archives grant review committee as well as member-at-large for the Preservation Section. Rebecca is also the national coordinator for AIC-CERT, the conservation community's volunteer disaster response team.

Friday August 5, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am
Room 210/211 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

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