The Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services commends all the members of the Protecting the Past-RI Steering Committee for their industrious spirits and professional expertise.


Writer: Beth L. Patkus, Preservation Consultant
dPlan RI Editors: Eileen Warburton, Project Manager, Protecting the Past-RI Donna DiMichele, OLIS, Project Director, Protecting the Past-RI
Web developer: Zak Software & Distributing, Inc.


Protecting the Past-RI


dPlan-RI was developed under a 2007-2009 planning grant through IMLS's Connecting to Collections: A Call to Action, a multi-year, multi-faceted national initiative to raise public awareness and inspire action.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning, supported the development of this online disaster-planning tool.

Project Management


Howard Boksenbaum, Chief Library Officer, OLIS
Donna Longo DiMichele, Library Program Manager, OLIS
R. Gwenn Stearn, Rhode Island State Archivist
Eileen Warburton, Project Manager, Protecting the Past-RI

Steering Committee


Alexandra Allardt, Conservator, Consultant
James F. Baker, Planning Coordinator, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
Kevin Carvalho, RI State Risk Manager
Louis P. Cirillo, Clerk, Town of Bristol
Linda Eppich, Preservation Society of Newport County
Nancy Kougeas, Archivist Consultant
Caroline Kreck, Westerly Public Library
Lisa Long, Redwood Library and Athenaeum
Philip A. Lessard. Rhode Island School of Design
Margaret O.Connor, Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum
Andrian Paquette, Slater Mill Historic Site
George Pare, Coggeshall Farm Museum
Paricia Redfearn, George Hall Free Library
Cecilia St. Jean, Pawtuxet Valley Preservation and Historical Society
Jack Sullivan, Dept. of Homeland Security, FEMA Region I
Whitney Pape, Rockefeller Library, Brown University
Robert Schnare, Naval War College Museum
Ruth Taylor, Newport Historical Society
Kate Wodehouse, Providence Athenaeum
Sarina R. Wyant, University of Rhode Island Library

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This online disaster-planning template was prepared by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC). The development of the template was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).
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