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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 2, 2003

UI Collections Coalition Hosts Disaster Response Workshop

The UI Collections Coalition will host a two-day workshop with the Upper Midwest Conservation Association about salvaging damaged museum, library and archival materials after a disaster.

The workshop is designed for anyone who is responsible for the care of collections, including directors, curators, registrars, librarians, archivists, preservation administrators and others. It will be held Sept. 15 and 16 in Iowa City. The cost is $165 for Upper Midwest Conservation Association members and $200 for nonmembers. The first day will be classroom training, the second will be hands-on training.

The Disaster Response series trains participants to successfully and safely overcome disasters to their collections. This workshop is a follow-up to the 2001 workshop "Disaster Response: The Critical First 48 Hours." The second workshop will focus on the salvaging damaged articles, and participants will work with objects representing different types of disasters to learn the hands-on techniques for proper salvage.

Participants from the first workshop in the series are encouraged to attend. Participants new to the Disaster Response series are also welcome.

Please contact Melinda Markell, field services coordinator, for more information by e-mail at, or by phone at 612-870-3128.

The UI Collections Coalition consists of staff from the Office of the State Archaeologist, UI Libraries, Museum of Natural History, Museum of Art, Paleontology Repository and other collection areas.

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