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Friday, March 13 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Rapid Response: A Digital Collecting Quest

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Community Notes

When disasters or crises hits communities, libraries are called upon to collect the stories and social media content that document the tragedy. If a crisis hits your community, would you be ready to respond? This tabletop exercise will assess your readiness for such challenges and help you to level up your preparedness.

In this session we'll be running through an emergency planning exercise, adapted for digital collecting and library needs. This is a discussion-based exercise, where you'll break out into small groups to discuss roles and responses to a particular crisis situation. We'll be guiding participants through a fantasy scenario, based on a modern day example. This exercise is meant to provide a fun and safe environment for discussing difficult content, however, some topics in the scenario and in people's personal experiences may be difficult to hear and difficult to talk about. Following the exercise, we will share useful resources and send participants home with knowledge on how to prepare for an emergency digital collecting event.

Prior to the session, we will post the scenario documents here for accessibility purposes, but in order for the scenario to work well, we ask attendents not to read materials in advance. After the session, all documents and additional resources will be included here.

Below is a link to all session resources. Please do not read materials in advance of session. 

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Elizabeth Mitchell

Community Advocate, UVA Library Scholars' Lab
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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."

Designated Notetaker
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M. Courtnay Zeitler

Information Literacy Librarian, University of the South
I am mom to three people and 3 animals; wife to one, living atop the Cumberland Plateau in southern Tennessee. I am currently an Information Literacy Librarian at the University of the South where I spend most of my waking hours helping college kids, faculty and town community members... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2020 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Summit Holiday Inn Downtown, 525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902