Recap of Our Risk Assessment Workshop

Many thanks to all who were able to attend our workshop, Risk Assessment for Cultural Heritage Institutions on Friday, May 19, 2017 at Juniata College. It was wonderful to see both new attendees and familiar faces in the group.

We began the day with a presentation by Bill Minter, Senior Book Conservator, and Kirk Lake, Facilities Specialist of Penn State Libraries, covering the common issues they have encountered, plus ways to mitigate various hazards, including use of dataloggers, eClimateNotebook, water alarms, and use of products like absorbent mats and dams to reduce damage from flooding. A copy of their presentation is forthcoming.

Bill Minter of Penn State Libraries shares his expertise with the group

Attendees were then led on a walkthrough of Juniata’s L. A. Beeghly Library with Dave Coder, Architectural Trades Supervisor for Juniata College Facilities Services. Coder discussed the strengths and weaknesses of the building’s construction and how different issues were handled over time.

In the afternoon, Elizabeth Gordon, Registrar of the Juniata College Museum of Art, led a tour of the museum, covering the building, its past and upcoming renovations, previous problems, and what was done to avoid future incidents.

Thank you to Bill, Kirk, and Dave for sharing their knowledge and experience, to Andy Dudash and the Beeghly Library at Juniata College for hosting the workshop, and to Kathryn Blake from the Juniata College Museum of Art for providing the morning refreshments! Following our discussion at the event, the Central PA AFR steering committee is considering the possibility of hosting another salvage workshop in the coming months, so keep an eye out for an email.

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