Summer 2018

Retirement Celebration:


Pat Young,
DRC Resource Collection Coordinator

Dear Colleagues and Friends in the Disaster Research Community,

You know you’re lucky when you can request a book by the color of the cover and the librarian knows exactly which book you want. We’ve been that lucky at DRC for the past 14 years, with the E.L. Quarantelli Resource Collection under the stewardship of Pat Young. This week Pat retired from UD to take a position at a different library in the southern part of the state. How we will miss her!

Since the founding of DRC, the library has evolved steadily in scope, in size, in organization, and in the kinds of resources that it holds. Pat has nearly doubled the size of the collection to its present 120,000 titles; she has modernized the catalog and search tools; and she has processed the collected papers of noteworthy scholars and practitioners, preserving their insights and wisdom for the good of future generations.

Pat has been a welcoming voice to the disaster research center, and she is often the first contact that people have with the center. She receives some 2500-3000 inquiries every year, either in person or by phone or email. Her wide-ranging knowledge of the disaster field and her astute ability to connect potential resources with potential resource needs have benefited not just us at the DRC, but the entire disaster community. Many of you have drawn on her knowledge and craft, either through your visits to the collection or inquiries.

A key attribute of this positioning involved scientific wisdom — a craft skill — in knowing how the widely disparate pieces of knowledge of the disaster science field might conceivably fit together, helping researchers interpret and connect their sometimes- nebulous needs with the resources available. The disaster field is wide, and the vast scope puts a premium on an artistic or craft sense of what the field looks like. Pat’s acumen is now coded into the logic structure of the library, to the great advantage of its future users.

Establishment of the Pat Young Award for Most Innovative Use of the E.L. Quarantelli Collection

In honor and appreciation of her years of dedication to the field, the Disaster Research Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Pat Young Award for Most Innovative Use of the E.L. Quarantelli Collection. Established for an initial term of 10 years, each year one award of $100 will be given to an individual who has used the E.L. Quarantelli collection in a way that demonstrates creativity, advancement to their discipline, or advancement to practice and community well-being. Awards will be given based on work conducted or newly completed in the calendar year. In some special circumstances, it may also be awarded for long-term and sustained use. More information about the award and the nomination process will be announced shortly, but gifts in support of this award or the E.L. Quarantelli collection in honor of Pat Young are welcomed.

More information about the future leadership of the collection will be shared in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, please join us in wishing her well on this new chapter in her life. While we’ll miss Pat, we wish her well in her new position. We hope she’ll visit us often, and we are pleased to bestow on her lifetime borrowing privileges!

James Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf
DRC Directors
Pat Young with our three current visiting scholars, from Australia, China, and Japan. June 13, 2018.
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