Case Studies

It is often through the personal experiences of our colleagues that we learn of techniques and methods that will assist us in the development of our emergency plans. In this module, you will have the chance to see how two institutions from different geographic locations dealt with disasters. Their inspiring stories describe how they were able to get back on their feet and open to the public as quickly as possible.  

Case Study One: The Night Manoa Stream Flooded, October 30, 2004 webinar is presented by Scott David Reinke, Preservation Administrator, University of Miami Libraries.

Webinar Length:  17 min. 23 sec.

Case Study Two: Getting Back to Business – Katrina webinar is presented by Victoria Cooke, former Florida Connecting to Collections Steering Committee Member, and now Curator, Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina.

Webinar Length:  27 min. 02 sec. 
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Discussion Question: After viewing the two case studies presented as part of this module, do you think your institution’s emergency plan outlines an effective recovery effort? Why or why not?

If you have experienced a disaster, did you have a plan in place? Did the plan work? If not, what, if any, changes to the plan did your institution make? If the plan was successful, what key strategies made it work?

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Online Resources
Heritage Preservation, Heritage Emergency Task Force

American Institute for Conservation, Collections Emergency Response Team

Speaker Biography
Scott Reinke joined the University of Miami Libraries as the Preservation Administrator in March 2010. He is responsible for developing and managing a comprehensive preservation program that supports the Special Collections, Cuban Heritage Collection, University Archives, and Digital Initiatives. Additional responsibilities include managing a conservation lab, disaster planning, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, general collections care, exhibition preparation, preservation condition surveys, bindery operations, and community outreach. Scott earned a MLIS from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He held previous positions at the National Archives and Records Administration in St. Louis and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Libraries.

Victoria Cooke is Curator at Columbia Museum of Art. Her previous position was Director of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St Petersburg College. There, she strengthened the museum’s contemporary art collection and collections management practices. She served as Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs at LSU Museum of Art, and Curator of European Painting at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Victoria has a number of published works, including book contributions, catalogs, articles, and reviews. She received her MA in Art History from Tulane University and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware. 


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