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Friday, August 21 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
SESSION 501 - What's in the Box? Caring for Unusual Materials in Collections

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Speakers in this fast-paced session describe their experiences dealing with unusual materials found in collections, including nitrate negatives, medications, live radium, and human remains. Although some of these materials were intentionally collected by the panelists’ institutions, many were found unexpectedly while sorting through boxes. Presenters discuss various aspects of caring for these materials, including preservation, disaster planning, and safety, legal, and ethical considerations.


Maija Anderson

Head, Historical Collections & Archives, Oregon Health and Science University
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Maurita Baldock

Assistant Librarian, University of Arizona, Libraries Special Collections
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Eric Boyle

Chief Archivist, National Museum of Health and Medicine
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Zach Brodt

University Archivist, University of Pittsburgh
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Andrew Harrison

Cultural Properties Archivist & Reference Coordinator, John Hopkins Medical Institutions
I am originally from Madison, Indiana and graduated from Ball State University in 1991 with a Bachelors in History and a minor in Anthropology. After working at the Indiana Historical Society during my junior and senior years in college, I became interested in the Archives profession. I attended the University of South Carolina focusing on Applied History, Archives Administration with a Museum Studies Certificate and graduated in 1994... Read More →
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Polina Ilieva

Head of Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Archives & Special Collections
Polina is the Head of Archives and Special Collections at the University of California, San Francisco Library. For the past four years she has been directing the activities of that department: she is responsible for all aspects of planning, collections management, donor relations, and a variety of other programs including digitization and web archiving. Currently she is also leading the UCSF team digitizing (via Internet Archive (IA)) state... Read More →

Todd Kosmerick

University Archivist, North Carolina State University Libraries
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Dawne Lucas

Special Collections Librarian, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dawne Lucas is the Special Collections Librarian at UNC-Chapel Hill's Health Sciences Library. She is currently the senior co-chair of the Science, Technology & Health Care Roundtable and the chair of the Donald Peterson Travel Award Subcommittee. She was the Head of Technical Services at the Duke University Medical Center Archives from 2007 to 2013. She is a 2005 graduate of North Carolina State University's Public History program and a 2006... Read More →
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Jennifer Nieves

Archivist/Museum Registrar, Dittrick Medical History Center, Case Western Reserve University
Jennifer joined the Dittrick Museum as Registrar and Assistant Archivist in 1989 and participated in the Ohio Medical Artifact Cataloging Project, an effort to catalog medical artifacts in the MaRC format and add them to the OCLC database. In 1998, Jennifer was appointed Archivist for the Center, while retaining her responsibilities as Museum Registrar. Since joining the Dittrick staff, Jennifer has been an active member of the Medical... Read More →
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Judith Ann Wiener

Associate Professor and Assistant Director, The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library
Judith Wiener is an associate professor and an assistant director at The Ohio State University Health Sciences Library. She is the head curator of the organization's Medical Heritage Center. She has a BA in History, a MA in History with a concentration in public history, and a MLIS. She is a steering committee member of the Privacy and Confidentiality Round table of SAA and the immediate past president of the Society of Ohio Archivists.

Friday August 21, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom A Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

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