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Sunday, August 4 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
303 - Tragedy Response: Preparation and Support for Archives and Communities

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Tragedies—hate crimes, acts of terrorism, police violence, and natural disasters resulting in the loss of life—strike without warning and often have a significant impact on institutions and communities. This session is structured as an open dialogue to discuss concerns surrounding tragedy-preparedness and provides a venue for attendees to learn from experienced peers who have confronted the challenges of documenting tragedy. The discussion builds on the work of SAA’s Tragedy Response Initiative Task Force to develop emergency response resources for archivists and improve collaborative efforts by building a professional network of colleagues concerned about this developing area of the field.

Lisa Calahan: Tragedy Response: Preparation and Support for Archives and Communities
Melissa Barthelemy: Assisting in Preservation of the Memorial Collection for the 2014 Isla Vista Shooting and Volunteering with Communities That Are Responding to Local Tragedies and Natural Disasters
Whitney Broadaway: Rapid Response Collecting in the Wake of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting
Kara McClurken: Digital Collecting in Times of Crisis: Documenting and Preserving Digital Content from the 2017 "Unite the Right" Rally and Community Protests


Lisa Calahan

Head of Archival Processing, University of Minnesota Libraries

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Kara McClurken

Director, Preservation, University of Virginia Library
Kara M. McClurken is the Director of Preservation Services at the University of Virginia Library. She is a 2018 recipient of a LYRASIS Catalyst grant entitled, "Digital Collecting in Times of Crisis."

Melissa Barthelemy

Doctoral Candidate, Public History, University of California, Santa Barbara
Melissa Barthelemy, JD, MA is a PhD candidate in Public History at UCSB. Her dissertation focuses on memorial projects in the wake of mass shootings. She is project manager for the UCSB and Isla Vista Memorial Project, and interns in Student Affairs.
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Whitney Broadaway

Collections Manager, Orange County Regional History Center
Broadaway is the collections manager at the Orange County Regional History Center where she helped create the One Orlando collection after the 2016 shooting. Previously she was the book conservator at UCF Special Collections & University Archives.

Sunday August 4, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Grand Salon 8, [Level 4]