We were delighted to see many new faces at our recent Emergency Response and Recovery Workshop, held on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Centre County Historical Museum. The event was highly educational for first-time attendees and an excellent refresher for those who took part in last summer’s salvage workshop. An agenda and handout on supplies for emergency preparedness may be found here.
Following tea, coffee, and pastries, Bill Minter, Senior Book Conservator and Sue Kellerman, Head of Preservation, Conservation and Digitization, from Penn State University Libraries, led a presentation on the elements of emergency planning and response, with assistance from Robbin Zirkle Degeratu, Administrative Director of the Centre County Historical Museum.
Bill, Sue, and Robbin showed various supplies to have on hand in case of an emergency, describing how supply caches can be scaled up or down based on the needs of an institution.
After lunch, attendees moved to the back garden to practice emergency salvage techniques on a wet materials ranging from books and paintings to microfilm and photographs.
Thank you to Robbin Zirkle Degeratu and the team at the Centre County Library & Historical Museum for hosting this event and generously providing the morning refreshments and lunch! We are grateful to Sue and Bill for once again sharing your knowledge with the group.