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Archive for January 12th, 2011

Planning for Your Next Service Disruption

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) recommends that all libraries create a response plan based on the Pocket Response Plan (PReP) that was developed by the Council of State Archivists (CoSA). This is a one-page plan that can be kept in a purse, a wallet, or a mobile device, so no matter where you are you will be able to manage a response and keep your core services available to your patrons. The template below was designed for health sciences libraries, but it can be adapted to any type of library. Questions? Please contact us (

Service Continuity PReP:

Good Example of a Inclement Weather Services Web Page:

Library Book Drops

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

When we teach about risk assessment, we mention book drops as potential targets for arsonists. Here’s a story about a fire started in a book drop at the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, Virginia:

State Library of Queensland (Australia)

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

We’ve been following the flooding at the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Here is a map, some pictures and reports:



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A Snowy Winter

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

The winter weather continues to close libraries along the east coast. On Monday and Tuesday, many libraries closed in Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi, and North Carolina. Today, many libraries are closed in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut. You can follow many of the closings on the left column of the Toolkit in NEPRTimes, which retweets library closing announcements picked up on Twitter. What is the extent of the snowfall? Click on this map from NOAA: