Incorporating Pandemic Preparedness in Institutional Emergency Plans


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This program of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts is provided with generous support from the William Penn Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Independence Foundation.

CCAHA is committed to providing universal access to our programs. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs; please contact Stephenie Bailey, by email at or by phone 215-545-0613 ext 314, at least seven days prior to the start of this event to make specific arrangements.

In a recent survey among collecting institutions, the vast majority did not have in place an emergency preparedness plan to address either pandemics or the widespread, extended closures that most organizations experienced throughout 2020.  While health and human safety must always be forefront in our preparedness and response strategies, there are collections impacts to consider as well. This webinar offers practical tips and resources on updating emergency preparedness and response plans accordingly. Participants are encouraged to come prepared with questions specific to their circumstances, as well as successes and challenges their organizations experienced related to COVID-19’s impact on the cultural heritage field. 

Participation is limited to 30, as certain sections will be highly participatory and discussion-oriented.

About the Presenter:

Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, CCAHA

Dyani Feige works with libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations to conduct needs and risk assessments, assist in disaster planning, and help develop policy and planning documents for collections. She also develops and presents education programs on preservation and conservation concerns.

Dyani is a member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the American Library Association (ALA), the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), the Delaware Valley Archivists Group (DVAG), and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM). She serves on the ALA Web Working Group and is a recognized Digital Archives Specialist through SAA.

Before joining the staff of CCAHA in 2010 as Preservation Specialist, Dyani worked in the Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives. She has also worked in the New York Public Library’s Preservation Division; for the Conference Board; and in the Special Collections & Archives at Kent State University. Dyani received her MS in Library and Information Science with a Certificate in Archives at Pratt Institute and her BM in Music Business from New York University.