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Conference disaster planning

From: Alan Howell <ahowell>
Date: Friday, July 28, 1995
Redefining disasters: a decade of counter-disaster planning
State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Wednesday 20 - Friday 22 September 1995

Conference rationale

    There is nothing that can put a library, archive or museum out
    of business faster than a fire, flood or earthquake. Building
    renovations, ageing buildings, insect pests and vandalism are
    ever-present threats.  Disasters destroy collections, cost money
    and reduce morale.  No institution is immune but the threat can
    be managed. Planning for potential disasters may make the
    difference between temporary loss of service and catastrophe.

    `Redefining disasters: a decade of counter-disaster planning'
    will look at what has happened in counter-disaster planning in
    the past ten years in libraries, archives, museums and
    galleries; and where do we go from here?


    The conference aims to establish facts, identify and evaluate
    issues and opinions, and propose action. A range of expert
    speakers will address these aspects of counter-disaster planning
    in papers which are descriptive, evaluative, issue raising, and
    action orientated. The conference structure allows ample time
    for discussion.

Papers confirmed

    Owen A. Clarke, Preventive Conservator, Museum of New Zealand,
    Te Papa Tongarewa, `Emergency preparedness in New Zealand: what
    has been achieved, where to from here?'

    Jeavons Baillie, Chief Conservator, State Library of Victoria,
    `The evolution of a successful short training course in disaster
    preparedness and response' and `Exploiting building design as an
    opportunity for disaster prevention.'

    Julian Bickersteth, Managing Director, International
    Conservation Services Pty Ltd, `Creating simple disaster plans
    for historic house museums.'

    Grant Collins, Acting Manager, Preservation Services, State
    Library of Queensland.

    Judy Doig, Researcher, Melbourne.

    Geoffrey Down, Curator of Prints, The University of Melbourne
    Library (Baillieu Library), `Better Baillieu: new directions in
    disaster planning at Melbourne University.'

    Mark Fischer, Manager, BMS Catastrophe Australia, `Salvage and
    recovery of water, fire and smoke damaged library materials' and
    `Freeze drying of paper-based materials.'

    Helen Halley & Sarah-Jane Rennie, Conservators, Artlab
    Australia, `The development of counter-disaster plans in South

    Cathy Jilovsky, Library Coordinator, CAVAL Limited, `CAVAL.'

    Tamara Lavrencic, Preservation Consultant, Conservation Access,
    State Library of New South Wales, `Disasters: remote risk or

    Barry Lee, Technical Director, Tyco International Pty Ltd, `Fire
    protection for libraries: technology update.'

    Jan Lyall, Director, National Preservation Office, National
    Library of Australia, `Overview of Colin Pearson's
    "International cooperation in disaster preparedness."'

    Colin Macgregor, Conservator, Materials Conservation Division,
    Australian Museum, `Preparing an ethnographic collection for the
    worst in the light of past experiences' and `The effects of
    freezing and freeze drying on waterlogged photographic material:
    an interim report.'

    Graham Matthews, Lecturer, Department of Information and Library
    Studies, Loughborough University, `Disaster management:
    guidelines for library managers.'

    Bob Maul, District Emergency Management Officer, Sydney City
    Zone Operations Centre, `Emergency management arrangements in
    New South Wales with emphasis on the need for the production of
    disaster plans.'

    John McIntyre, Head of Preservation, National Library of
    Scotland, `The reaction to realisation' (keynote) and `Improving
    fire safety at the National Library of Scotland.'

    Kim Morris, Laboratory Manager Collections Preservation,
    National Library of Australia, `A vacuum freeze drier: it's nice
    to have one but....'

    Warwick Peberdy, Assistant Director Preservation Services,
    Australian Archives, Queensland Office, `Lessons from where?
    Disaster preparedness training for commonwealth government

    Margaret Pember, Lecturer, School of Information and Library
    Studies, Curtin University of Technology, `The psycho-social
    (P-S) factor in disaster planning.'

    Guy Petherbridge, National Director Advanced Media Technologies,
    Australian Archives, `Regional activities and cooperation in the

    Richard Stowe, Loss Control Engineer, American Home Assurance,
    `Fire protection and detection.'

    Annie Talve, Staff Development Coordinator, State Library of New
    South Wales, `Cooperation or conflict: discovering a common

    Robyn M. Warwick, Librarian, Collections Services, Dixson
    Library, University of New England, `Drip, drip, drip:
    counter-disaster planning at Dixson Library University of New

    Peter Waters, Preservation Strategic Planning Officer, Library
    of Congress, `From Florence to St Petersburg: enlightenment and
    thought provoking experience (keynote)' and `The role of phased
    conservation in post disaster recovery.'

    Colin Webb, Manager, Technical Preservation, National Library of
    Australia, `Clayton's disaster: a dry run in slowmo, or the real

Keynote speakers

    Since the devastating Florence floods in 1966 first catalysed
    international cooperative preservation action, two
    individuals--Peter Waters and John McIntyre--have made
    significant contributions to address the unwanted and unexpected
    destruction of the world's cultural heritage.

    It is twenty years since the publication of Peter Waters'
    `Procedures for Salvage of Water-Damaged Library Materials' and
    ten years since the publication of John McIntyre's `Planning
    Manual for Disaster Control in Scottish Libraries and Record

    To celebrate these anniversaries, and build on their three
    decades of international experience in counter-disaster
    planning, we are honoured to announce that the keynote speakers
    at the conference will be:

    John McIntyre, Head of Conservation, National Library of
    Scotland, author `Planning Manual for Disaster Control in
    Scottish Libraries and Record Offices'; and

    Peter Waters, Preservation Strategic Planning Officer, author
    `Procedures for Salvage of Water-Damaged Library Materials.'


    A$350.00, including Preprints, conference dinner, lunches and


    Bookings are now being accepted by the State Library of New
    South Wales.  Numbers for the conference are limited and early
    registration is advised.

To register for the conference, contact

    Marion Roubos-Bennet
    Conservation Access
    State Library of New South Wales
    Macquarie Street
    Sydney 2000
    +61 2 230 1676
    Fax: +61 2 233 3192


    Lido Accommodation will arrange accommodation near to the
    conference including travel packages.  Telephone (+61) 2 555
    9455 or 1800 817 339 (outside NSW)  Facsimile (+61) 2 555 1549

Alan Howell
Preservation Manager
State Library of New South Wales
Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
+61 2 230 1679
Fax: +61 2 232 4816

                  Conservation DistList Instance 9:14
                   Distributed: Friday, July 28, 1995
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