Bailing Out: Avoiding and Responding to Water Damage and Floods in Archival Collection
Kyla Ubbink will talk about the steps that can be taken to avoid and minimize the risk of water damage to collections -- from totally water logging and weakening paper, to instigating mould growth, to adhering photographs and pages together, to causing inks and dyes to bleed; whether large or small, floods have a devastating effect on documents, photographs, books, and artifacts. She will talk about where the items are located, the types of enclosures being used, and knowing how to quickly respond and salvage damp and wet items makes the difference between saving or losing your family heirlooms and research during a disaster.
About the speaker
Operating a private conservation studio since 2005, Kyla Ubbink began her career through an internship with the Library and Archives Canada’s conservation laboratories in 2000 and subsequent contract positions through to 2005. Her private practice, Ubbink Book & Paper Conservation, provides professional conservation, restoration and preservation consultation services to institutions, galleries, antiquities dealers, collectors, researchers and genealogists. Kyla obtained professional accreditation through the Canadian Association for Professional Conservators in 2010, and has been a part time professor of Cultural Preservation for Algonquin College’s Archives and Records Management Program since 2007. She has several publications in professional periodicals, and provides workshops and lectures for community groups and heritage professionals. Kyla recently served on a Canadian Standards Review Board to assess and update the standard for “Permanence of Paper for Records, Books and Other Documents.” Her work has been integral to the collections of the Canadian War Museum, Canadian Museum of Natural History, Bank of Canada Archives, Ontario Office of the Surveyor General, Foreign Affairs Canada, Privy Council, and numerous university, archive, rare book, and art gallery collections.