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I have recently added a section to our website about "Hurricane & Flood
Recovery Advice" for wet magnetic tapes.

The link is: www.specsbros.com/h_flood.htm.

Peter Brothers
President
SPECS BROS., LLC
(201) 440-6589
www.specsbros.com

Restoration and Disaster Recovery Service Since 1983

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Preston Everett
> Sent: Thursday, September 15, 2005 4:06 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Disaster Response
>
>
> Dear List:
>
> What is the latest on this post?  I was able to print out the Audio &
> Restoration Directory and the tips Peter provided, but I have not seen
> anything else.  A contact list of ARSC members would be great.  Also I
> read, either this list or AMIA, about some vendors that are providing
> free services for collections damaged by Katrina.  Did I dream
> this or what?
> Please let me know,
> Preston Everett
> Mississippi Department of Archives and History
> Image & Sound
>
>
> Nelson-Strauss, Brenda wrote:
>
> >I have been working with the chairs of ARSC's Technical Committee and
> >AAA (Associated Audio Archivists) to determine the best ways for ARSC to
> >provide assistance to institutions and private individuals with
> >important audio collections damaged by hurricane Katrina. Many
> >organizations including the Association for Moving Image Archivists, the
> >Society for American Archivists, the Regional Alliance for Preservation,
> >and various museum and cultural groups have formed alliances to offer
> >technical assistance.  Since none of these groups deal specifically with
> >sound recordings, we are proposing that ARSC take the following steps:
> >
> >
> >
> >1. Create a "disaster recovery and assistance" page on the ARSC website
> >and place a prominent link to this new page from the ARSC home page.
> >
> >
> >
> >2. Include the six vendors in ARSC's Audio Preservation and Restoration
> >Directory (http://www.arsc-audio.org/Directory2005-07-25.pdf ) that
> >offer disaster recovery services. Other highly-qualified experts may
> >also be included.
> >
> >
> >
> >3. Include a contact list of ARSC members who are willing to talk to
> >institutions and individuals with damaged collections and share their
> >knowledge of/experience with particular vendors and the basic issues
> >involved in restoring damaged audio materials; those who might have pro
> >bono supplies or services to offer can also be included.
> >
> >
> >
> >4.  Compile format specific guidelines for handling audio materials
> >damaged by water, removing fungus, decontamination, etc. This might
> >include a list of Do's and Don'ts to assist people in making quick
> >decisions, and/or links to sites that offer this information.
> >
> >
> >
> >5.  Compile a bibliography and include links to other sites with
> >disaster recovery and disaster preparedness information (preferably
> >those that specifically mention of sound recordings and/or magnetic
> >media).
> >
> >
> >
> >5. Publicize the disaster recovery page on various lists, with a news
> >release and other information that reaches the storm areas, etc.
> >
> >
> >
> >We are looking for volunteers to assist with this project, particularly
> >those with disaster recovery experience.  Peter Brothers (from Specs
> >Brothers) has already offered a set of guidelines for dealing with water
> >damaged magnetic tapes, but other format specific guidelines are needed.
> >Chuck Haddix has begun work on the bibliography, but would welcome
> >assistance.  Anyone willing to contribute to this project in some way
> >should contact me offlist at [log in to unmask] Immediate action is
> >required if we are to have the pages mounted in time to assist people
> >with preservation decisions.
> >
> >
> >
> >Brenda Nelson-Strauss
> >
> >President, ARSC
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
>
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