Recently, Dan put out a query to the Disaster Information Outreach Listserv, asking subscribers to consider what print books they would want to keep available for use after a disaster which affects internet accessibility, and to send him their lists. After compiling responses, he came up with the “one-shelf disaster library” pictured below. (Click the image to see the larger version and to see the titles.) Obtaining this informal consensus and identifying these core texts is a great first step toward helping health sciences libraries determine which materials they may want to keep in print, since so many are becoming “virtual only.”
Many thanks to the participants who responded, and to NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center for providing the forum for gathering this important information. If anyone did not yet respond to the original question and would like to contribute, feel free to send email to me or to Dan (see the “Who we are” tab above for email addresses). Preparedness is an ongoing and iterative process!