CARA AT 2015 ACWR Conference

Railroad bridge over the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh, PA

CARA AT ACWR by Patricia Carroll

About 150 archivists gathered in Pittsburgh, PA, August 27 through 30 for the Eighth Triennial Conference of the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious (ACWR). The theme of the conference was Bridging Tradition with Technology. Conference organizers scheduled 3 plenary and 9 concurrent sessions along with field trips, a catered reception hosted at Saint Paul Seminary, meals, and plenty of opportunity to network and socialize.

CARA was well represented at the conference by Jerice Barrios, Patricia Carroll, and Sister Rebecca Sullivan, CSFN.

Jerice and Patricia presented a 90-minute educational program called Disaster Preparedness and Response for Small Religious Archives. The session was geared to the needs of early-career archivists and covered topics including the disadvantaging characteristics of small religious archives, sources of disaster threat, the disaster management cycle and free or low-cost tools and resources to equip the small archive without an existing plan. Jerice gave a detailed introduction to dPlan: The Online Disaster Planning Tool developed by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), dPlan is a template that allows cultural institutions like archives to generate an individualized disaster plan.