Gregor Trinkaus-Randall

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall received his BA and MAs in History and Library Science/ Archives Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate of Yale University's NEH-funded Preservation/Conservation Internship. He has also attended the training institutes in "All-Hazards: Preparedness and Response," “All Hazards: Recovery and Mitigation,” and “Hurricanes: Preparedness and Response” at FEMA's Emergency Management Institute in Emmittsburg, MD, and “Digital Preservation Management: Short-Term Strategies for Long-Term Problems” at Cornell University. He is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists, the Society of American Archivists, the Midwest Archives Conference, and the New England Archivists, and he was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 2006.

He is currently the Preservation Specialist at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners where he is responsible for implementing the statewide preservation program, the MBLC’s Emergency Assistance Program, and its Environmental Monitoring Program, and for maintaining the Massachusetts Special Collections Directory on the MBLC Web site. He is a member of the NEDCC's Advisory Committee, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Team, the Massachusetts Recovery Alliance, and an ex-officio member of the Digital Commonwealth’s Executive Board. He has spoken widely on preservation, disaster preparedness, archival, and security topics, including the USA PATRIOT Act. He has run numerous disaster preparedness, repair, security, and other preservation as well as archival workshops for librarians and archivists.

With funding through IMLS National Leadership Grants, he and the staff of the Northeast Document Conservation Center developed dPlan: an Online Disaster Planning Tool, and they are currently working on a process to develop a statewide disaster preparedness plan for cultural resources – Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness (COSTEP). He is Co-Chair of COSTEP Massachusetts, the primary pilot project for COSTEP. In 2004-2005 he represented the Society of American Archivists on the Heritage Preservation conference calls that coordinated cultural resource response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma and was also their representative to the Council of State Archivists meeting to develop a framework for creating a statewide disaster plan for records.

He is the author of Protecting Your Collections: A Manual of Archival Security, published by the Society of American Archivists (1995), "Library and Archival Security: Policies and Procedures to Protect Holdings from Theft and Damage," in Management of Library and Archival Security: From the Outside Looking In (New York: The Haworth Press, 1998), and “The USA PATRIOT Act: Archival Implications,” in the Journal of Archival Organization, v. 3, no. 4 (2005). He also contributed a chapter on security concerns to Archival and Special Collections Facilities: Guidelines for Archivists, Librarians, Architects, and Engineers (SAA, 2009).


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