History on Fire! How Libraries Mitigate Loss of the Cultural Record Due to Disaster or Destruction (ACRL RBMS)
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Speaker: E.C. Schroeder, Director, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Speaker: Russell Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Historian, Chicago History Museum
Speaker: Valerie Harris, Associate Special Collections Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
Fires and other disasters have impacted our physical holdings of the historical record in libraries. When disaster strikes, how do we, as stewards of cultural heritage, mitigate the loss of rare and unique items? How do we fill in historical gaps, inform our researchers, and work with risk management specialists to ensure that we can rebuild (insofar as possible) what is lost? Speakers will address these questions from historical and practical perspectives.