The Hardin Library at the University of Iowa is closed for the summer due to renovation work. While their building is closed, their services are being offered at other locations. Click on the URL below to view their strategy. This type of planning translates well to other types of major service disruptions, such as a flooding or a tornado. Have you thought about a relocation plan for your library?
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Siobhan Champ-Blackwell of NN/LM’s MidContinental Region office, of which Missouri is a part, posts this to the Disaster Outreach listserv:
“The medical library at St John’s hospital is not functioning at this time. The Medical Library at St. John’s Health System in Springfield, MO has stepped up and is working to assist anyone in the area with information needs. They are both part of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, so there is a partnership structure in place for that kind of program.”
Thank you, Siobhan.
A quick review of the “NEPR Times” Twitter feed (see left side bar, “Library Closings & Related Tweets”), provides an interesting study of the kinds of events that can cause library closings. Over the past ten days (January 18-January 27), here’s the distribution:
- Inclement weather (8)
- Flooding (5)
- Air quality
- Staff illness
- Network upgrade
- Power outage
- Threat (bomb?)
- Interior flood from a burst overhead pipe
The severe winter storm that affected (and still affecting) the Midwest, South, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast, gave libraries in these regions a great opportunity to activate their service continuity plans. If you don’t have a plan, this is a good time to prepare for the next major service disruption. (Resources to help you can be found on our Writing Your Disaster Plan page.) If you did have a plan, how did it go? Would you change anything? If so, this is a good time to make those changes.
Here is a NOAA satellite view of the winter storm. Note the similarities of a hurricane. (Click on image to enlarge.)