Project OPAL (One Page All Libraries) was the topic of discussion at last Friday’s LOGIN meeting at the public library in West Deptford, New Jersey. The keynote presenter was Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative. The meeting started with a greeting from Anne Wodnick, President of LOGIN, follow by comments from Taft Barnet, of the American Red Cross, and Michele Stricker from the New Jersey State Library.
Cara Breeden has let us know that the Bethesda Medical Libraries Emergency Preparedness Partnership (BMLEPP) held its third annual meeting on August 20 at Suburban Hospital. Quoting from Cara’s message: “At this yearly meeting, which is the extent of time required, members make any needed updates to the procedural and contact information contained in their BMLEPP reference binders. The Partnership is intended as an agile solution to problems member libraries might encounter, such as extended power outages. Even though it has not been necessary to acticvate the BMLEPP memorandum of understanding (MOU) to date, the Partnership has proved to be a valuable, and a low-maintenance effort.”
Cara also notes that the Bethesda, MD area “is unique in that it boasts five medical libraries within walking distance of each other: the National Library of Medicine, the National Institues of Health Library, the Suburban Hospital Medical Library, the National Naval Medical Center Stitt Library, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Learning Resource Center. The five libraries initiated the Bethesda Medical Libraries Emergency Preparedness Partnership (BMLEPP) on February 14, 2008.”
Cara has sent us the current version of the MOU which these five libraries have enacted, and it will be available for use as an example on the “Model MAA/MOU” page here in the Toolkit. Many thanks, Cara!
Representatives from NC academic health sciences libraries and hospital libraries met last month to develop an emergency response Mutual Aid Agreement. Dan Wilson facilitated the meeting which included a table-top exercise, a discussion of different types of agreements, and the actual writing of the agreement. By the end of the day, most of the MAA had been written. Participants are currently finalizing the agreement. Funding for the meeting was provided by an award from the SE/A.
Despite all our best foresight and planning for possible emergencies, sometimes we are all going to need a little help from our friends! Check out this document as a great example of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between HSLs for help in emergencies. If you have experience establishing MOUs or actually using one that you had in place when disaster struck, please add a comment here, or send along an example (firstname.lastname@example.org).