Disaster Planning for Archives and Their Communities: Call for Participation
As we approach the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, train service
has been restored to the Rockaways and City beaches have opened for the
summer, however many archives, libraries, museums and homes have only just
begun to get back to “normal” and others are still a long way away. In the
spirit of Archives Week it is appropriate to take time to look back at what
happened, what went wrong, what went right, and what can be done
differently next time.
The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, in conjunction with
the Center for Jewish History, is organizing a one-day symposium with the
aim of bringing together archivists, records managers, librarians, museum
professionals, emergency responders, disaster recovery professionals,
volunteers and the general public to address how professional and citizen
archivists as well as related professionals can both better protect their
collections from disaster and also become a resource for the larger
community in disaster situations.
Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
Case studies and “lessons learned” from Sandy or other disasters
Protecting personal and family records -- providing outreach to the
Continuity of operations and logistics -- how to get back up and running
after a disaster
Navigating FEMA and other disaster relief assistance
Preventative care of collections versus post-disaster recovery
Lone arrangers and small shops -- how can small archives band together
to help one another?
Using a disaster to advocate within your organization -- making the
archive valuable during a disaster
Archivists as volunteers -- fostering a culture of giving and creating a
network of archivist volunteers
Disaster planning and recovery on a budget
How archives and cultural institutions fit into the larger emergence
response picture, especially post-Katrina.
Keeping up morale, resources and volunteer support weeks and months
after a disaster
Disaster planning for born-digital and electronic records
Protecting vital records for both the archive and the larger organization
Archiving disaster -- how does a significant event like 9/11 change the
normal retention of records? what is the role of the archivist? how are
Man-made versus natural disasters -- the international perspective,
especially in areas subject to armed conflict.
Advocating for archives during larger disaster situations when
disasterrecovery resources and relief are stretched.
Date: Monday, October 7, 2013
Location: Center for Jewish History, New York, NY
All individual presentations will be 20 minutes long (10 page paper).
Submissions must include a title, name of author and institutional
affiliation (if applicable), abstract (250 words max) and indication of
Individual papers or entire panel proposals accepted.
Deadline for Proposals: Proposals should be emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org by August 1, 2013.