MAMA presents a workshop, sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council
“Preparing for the Unexpected: Risk Assessment and Writing a Disaster Plan”
Whether you are a library, archive, or museum, a disaster plan is an integral component of effective collections stewardship within your institution, but the preparation of a plan can be daunting. This workshop will be an overview of risk assessment as it pertains to collections-holding i central elements of emergency preparedness and explore ways to identify internal and external hazards in order to assess and mitigate the risks they pose. Then, participants will walk through the elements of a disaster plan, the process of updating the plan, and training and review methods.
Annie Matthys, Preservation Specialist
NEDCC| Northeast Document Conservation Center
Annie Matthys is a Preservation Specialist for NEDCC who works from her office in San Mateo, California. She provides preservation outreach information, assessments, consultations, and training programs to a variety of heritage organizations located in the western U.S. and beyond. Annie previously worked as a Preservation Specialist at Stanford University Libraries, where she was involved with preventive preservation initiatives such as environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, preservation outreach, and collections emergency response, planning, and training. She received an MLIS from Drexel University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Simmons College.
Founded in 1973, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is a non-profit conservation center specializing in the conservation of collections made of paper or parchment, such as photographs, books, maps, manuscripts, and work of art on paper, including Asian art works. The Center’s Imaging Services department digitizes many of these same collection materials, as well as photographic negatives and other transmissive media. NEDCC’s Audio Preservation department digitizes recordings on legacy audio media such as disc, cylinder, and magnetic and digital tape media using traditional and optical-scanning technologies. The Center has gained a reputation for professional conservation and digitization services and has treated some of the nation’s most significant cultural heritage materials. In addition, education and training have been vital to NEDCC’s mission since its inception. The Center’s Preservation Services department has a strong track record in developing and presenting programs to meet the needs of its national audiences and in providing outreach services to collections-holding institutions nationwide.