Free Wet Record Recovery Workshop Details

Free Wet Record Recovery Workshop Details

We are gearing up to offer a great opportunity for our members and friends – our free Collections Emergency Preparedness and Response workshop!

Presented by LYRASIS
December 5, 2016
9 am – 5 pm
EBR Main Library – 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

*Limited to 125 participants

Register today to reserve your spot in this limited seating event.

Our chapter is offering this workshop to assist cultural institutions, businesses, and government agencies whose records and collections were impacted by the devastating floods experienced in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas.

This full-day workshop will cover disaster preparedness and response for cultural heritage collections. Participants will learn about the basic elements of a disaster plan and how to create or update a plan for their organization, including approaches to cooperative disaster preparedness. Risk assessment will be discussed and covered in an exercise, so participants can assess and mitigate risks at their own institution. The workshop will include a hands-on portion where participants can work to stabilize wet collections materials and learn about appropriate drying methods to effectively salvage materials.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Get more details on our Sponsor page.


Thomas F. R. Clareson is Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, the largest library and cultural heritage network in the U.S.  He consults nationally and internationally on preservation, disaster preparedness and recovery, digitization, special collections/archives, remote storage, funding, and advocacy issues.  He has served as a lead consultant on seventeen Institute of Museum and Library Services “Connecting to Collections” statewide preservation planning grants, and six implementation projects, including the Louisiana planning project.

Annie Peterson is Preservation Services Librarian at LYRASIS. Before joining LYRASIS, Annie Peterson was the Preservation Librarian for the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University. She has an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She has a range of experience in preservation and conservation that provides a strong base for helping the archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that LYRASIS reaches through the Preservation Field Services project.


9:00 – 9:15       Participant Introductions

9:15 – 10:15      Introduction to Disaster Planning

10:15 – 10:45    Assessing and Mitigating Risks

10:45 – 11:00    Break

11:00 – 11:30    Risk Assessment Exercise and Discussion

11:30 – 12:15     Cooperative disaster preparedness

12:15 – 1:15        Lunch

1:15 – 1:45          Disaster planning exercise

1:45 – 2:30         Initial response and salvage options

2:30 – 2:45        Break

2:30 – 3:00        Demonstration of salvage methods and supplies

3:00 – 4:30        Hands-on wet materials exercise

4:30 – 5:00        Debrief and discuss