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Thursday, October 3 • 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Fire, Fury and Flashlights: Lessons Learned from the K-State Library Fire of 2018

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Two members of Kansas State University’s Hale Library administrative team will share details regarding the devastating fire and water damage that struck Hale Library on May 22, 2018. K-State Libraries Dean, Lori Goetsch, and Michelle Turvey-Welch, head of the metadata, preservation, and aquisitions at K-State, will discuss the expected and unexpected damage suffered by the library, the impact on services, the disaster recovery process and services employed, the effect of the event on library employees, and the solutions and lessons learned. The presenters will also share their interactions with recovery teams, insurance adjustors, inventorying, and other issues, as well as the role of the K-State leadership team in handling the crisis and longer term adjustment period for faculty, staff, and students. Attendees will learn about the importance of an updated and rehearsed disaster plan, the unexpected challenges of evacuating a building, the serious effects of water and smoke damage on books, electronics, office files, etc., and the incredible service ethic of library personnel as they successfully relocated and provided services for students arriving for summer classes. Finally, attendees will hear about how a renewed Hale Library will rise up, phoenix-like, to become a fully renovated library for Kansas State University. Dave Richards will introduce the speakers and also relate the story of a much smaller fire and its consequences at the Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in November of 2018.

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Dave Richards

Dean of Library Services, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Dave Richards is the dean of library services at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Prior to his appointment at UNO in January of 2016, Richards served as the head of special collections & archives at Missouri State University from 1997 to 2015.
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Michelle Turvey-Welch

Head of Metadata, Preservation and Digital Initiatives Department, Kansas State University Libraries
Michelle Turvey-Welch is associate professor and head of the metadata, preservation, and digital initiatives department for the Kansas State University Libraries. She has led major library initiatives such as moving collections to a high-density storage location and co-led migrating... Read More →
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Lori Goetsch

Dean of Libraries, Kansas State University Libraries
Dean Lori Goetsch has served K-State Libraries since August 2004. Previously, she was director of the public services division at the University of Maryland's library, head of reference services and associate professor at University of Tennessee, women’s studies bibliographer and... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm CDT
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