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Thursday, November 14 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
When Disaster Strikes: Turning misfortune into opportunity

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On May 22, 2018, a fire broke out on the roof of Kansas State University’s Hale Library. Due to catastrophic smoke and water damage, the building was closed for over a year and the 1.5 million item collection moved to storage. While most libraries plan a full renovation over the course of years, K-State had months. Timelines for architectural planning, insurance negotiations and fundraising have occurred simultaneously. This presentation will focus on the communication strategies used to raise awareness and funding in the face of overwhelming challenges. While this situation is unique, there are takeaways for any library.

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Darchelle Martin

Public Information Officer, Kansas State University Libraries
Darchelle Martin manages the Office of Communications and Marketing and oversees strategic communications at Kansas State University Libraries. In her role she leads the Libraries’ donor relations, event management, and public relations programs. Prior to joining the University... Read More →

Thursday November 14, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
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