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Apologies for cross-posting, but this may be an event of interest.Planning for Pandemics: Crunching the Numbers on H1N1 - June 19, 2013, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT.https://events-na10.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1053915029/en/events/event/shared/1070490169/event_landing.html?sco-id=1074477638This webinar will focus on the findings from a recent retrospective s […]
OK, so this isn't exactly the kind of article that usually gets postedto the listserv.....http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/arts/music/laurie-anderson-and-kronos-quartet-at-montclair-state.htmlFrederic C. Pachman, AHIPDirector, Altschul Medical LibraryMonmouth Medical CenterLong Branch, New Jersey 07740732.923.6645Barnabas Health—Every Day. Extraordinar […]
PhD studentship now available for research into Evidence AidMore details available from: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/mdbs/pgd/PostgraduateResearch/PostgraduateStudentshipsandAwards/CentreforPublicHealthPhDStudentships201314/TheeffectsofEvidenceAidondecisionmakinginpublichealthdisastersituations/Deadline: 31 May 2013Evidence Aid was established following the […]
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region(NN/LM SCR) recently completed a video highlighting the role of publiclibraries after an emergency. The goal was for public librarians toshow to first-responder groups, city councils, local government, etc. topromote the role public libraries play. Many groups are not aware ofall public librar […]
My apologies - it appears there was some strange ghost infecting the links when you click on them, and it took you to the NIH webmail page. The links should be fixed in this message now. Many thanks to Ms. Arantxa Cayon for bringing the matter to my attention. I appreciate it!Many Thanks,Jen […]
Hi Everyone!We are excited to announce the latest update for our Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER). A few months ago, I informed you of the update on the Apple (iOS) platforms, but today's update is for our Android users. This update sees an expansion in our user profiles (First Responder, Hazmat, EMT, & the new Hospital P […]
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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces a funding opportunity for small projects to improve access to disaster medicine and public health information for health care professionals, first responders and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response and recovery.NLM is soliciting proposals from partnerships that include at […]
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As our airconditioning systems are cranking away in the summer heat and humidity, creating condensation build-up on some interior pipes and ducts, as the 2010 hurricane season gets into full swing off the southern/southeastern coasts of the continental U.S., and as many parts of the country experience weekly thunderstorms, here’s some helpful information from Heritage Preservation about how to try to save the lives of books that get wet.
The Summer newsletter from Heritage Preservation highlights their “How to Save Wet Books” page, which has short videos and text about how to treat wet books, as well as some very helpful tips at the bottom of the page about how to prioritize and how to stay safe during the process. Who’d have thought that sometimes part of saving a wet book is to get it even wetter?
While many/most libraries are decreasing the number of print materials they maintain, news reports indicate that the current economic woes are leading many users back to libraries to borrow books rather than buying books online. Another effect of the financial crises affecting our institutions is that there is often no funding available to replace damaged or lost print materials.
Just recently when we met with NN/LM Pacific Northwest staff and their State Coordinators for emergency preparedness, we heard a story of a hospital librarian who had recently reported to her State Coordinator about water damage to a book truck of new books. This one book truck held her major print purchase for the year, and there would most likely not be money to replace the books that got wet. Considering all these indicators of the “long tail” of the need for print materials in libraries, I’ve been reviewing the resources we list to aid in preserving print in the event of water damage, fire, etc. The right side menu bar here lists many of them and there is a wealth of great information available.
Here is a document I found today from the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) that deals specifically with caring for print books. The brochure is well written, and gives a good overview of information that has been de-emphasized in many libraries these days, but might well come in handy as librarians and volunteers with limited or no training for conservation or preservation try to keep their paper resources alive as long as possible.
Much of the AIC website is intended for professional conservators, but the “Caring for Your Treasures” series of publications contains lots of helpful information for the public, sort of the “Consumer Health” portion of their site. AIC’s Disaster Response & Recovery page is also worth a look for information on a wide range of types of materials and web sites of interest.
Boston University’s online newspaper contains an article today about how the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX weathered Hurricane Ike with flying colors, despite the beating taken by the island as a result of the storm. There is a really interesting account from their associate director of research, who said that “the positive outcome was no stroke of luck, but the result of wise engineering and a comprehensive emergency plan that includes a long-term weather-tracking strategy.” She also noted that “preparedness is attainable, and it works.”
At the University of Hawaii, roof repair work led to some major water leaking into their library. The account in the “Star Bulletin” today underlines how a quick response, based on excellent preparedness activities, can minimize damage and speed recovery. Based on their experiences with major flooding in 2004, the library has a well-developed disaster response team, who was actively watching for damage from the heavy rains, had the needed supplies on hand, knew what to do with wet materials and where to put them, and had a salvage company on site quickly to restore air quality and help with cleanup.
Heritage Preservation has produced a video that you can view free of charge from its web site, which demonstrates the basics of salvaging water-damaged materials. They are providing the video in response to the recent flooding in the midwest, and in addition to describing and showing salvaging processes, it notes the things we need to be cautious about before wading in to try and save our collections. Check out their online Bookstore–they offer a “disaster combo” of their Field Guide to Emergency Response and their Salvage Wheel, both of which are valuable assets to our preparedness resources (see the link to their site in the right side menu). The DVD which comes with the Field Guide includes the content of the free video plus much other information, even giving tips on how to deal with wildlife which may find its way into your building after a disaster (probe with a long stick before reaching into a dark area…!). While most of us probably don’t think of ourselves as conservators, the information from Heritage Preservation might at least help us know what NOT to do until the professionals arrive!
Michael Boer posted a second article about the water damage at the Montana State University’s Library (see the Comment below the “Water Damage…” post). Here are some points to ponder that we can glean from the article and hopefully use as “lessons learned” in our own disaster planning.
this is the second burst pipe incident in a week, and library staff have already spent a week trying to clean up and salvage the rare materials that were damaged a week ago. Lesson: we all need help sometimes. Two incidents in a row, with the second being worse than the first, is beyond what most of us plan for or are equipped to deal with.
Library Dean, Tamara Miller said that they began recovery immediately, and that “getting organized was my first thought.” Lesson: get organized before you start the process–have a plan in place, have supplies on hand, know who to call for help with salvaging and clean up.
MSU’s library kept their essential services up and running–their online resources were still available, including class resources for faculty and students, the classes that would have been taught in the library were re-located to other buildings, and they continued to provide Reference services. Lesson: a good example for all of us who are working on service continuity plans!
two commercial salvage/recovery companies are already involved; a local company helping with clean-up, and a Texas-based company sending a freezer truck to remove items to be freeze-dried. Lesson: if possible, develop a relationship with a commercial recovery company (see links here on the Toolkit) as part of your planning process.
the fire sprinkler system was installed only eight years ago, with safeguards in place for potential pipe leaks, but this is the third incident of a frozen pipe that burst and flooded in the library. Lesson: even relatively new systems can fail, and often the source is inside the building rather than on the roof or flooding only on the ground floor.
extreme weather caused the failure of the sprinkler system in areas where the damage was not anticipated, so a combination of unforeseen factors contributed to the failure. Lesson: sometimes our best efforts aren’t enough to prevent a disaster.
water came into the library for 20 minutes, at about 120 gallons per minute (2,400 gallons). An alarm had sounded, but even so, it took 20 minutes to get the water turned off. Lesson: water is the most likely cause of damage to library collections and facilities, and it seems to often get in when the library is closed. This 20 minute turnaround was fast, considering that staff were probably not in the library at the time, but 20 minutes is a long time when water is pouring in at 120 gallons per minute.
The quote from Tamara Miller says it all: “It’s really hard to look at. And still, I know it will be fine.” Great job, Renne Library, and best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Click on image above for information on creating a one page Service Continuity Plan (SCP) for your library. (The SCP was adapted from the Council of State Achivists (CoSA) PReP.)
NN/LM EP&R Training Opportunities
Click on the image above for NN/LM EP&R training opportunities.
How to Use the Toolkit
1. Where to get information on HOW TO WRITE A DISASTER PLAN. Click on the Writing Your Disaster Plan page. Download the template for the Service Continuity Pocket Response Plan (PReP) and fill it out. For some libraries, the PReP may be enough. Others may want to start with the PReP and then develop a comprehensive plan as time permits.
2. Where to GET HELP following some kind of disaster or service disruption. Click on the Calling for Help page. Listed is contact information for your Regional Medical Library as well as library networks that provide consultation services (some at no cost), 24/7.
3. How to get TRAINING ON SERVICE CONTINUITY and libraries. Click on the Training Opportunities page and select the option that best fits your needs. Contact your NNLM RML at 1-800-338-7657, or the Coordinator, Dan Wilson, at email@example.com, to inquire about scheduling or participating in a class.
Emergency Access Initiative
EAI provides free access to full text articles from major biomedicine titles to healthcare professionals, librarians, and the public in the United States affected by disasters.
CDC Map showing current incidence of influenza in the U. S.
Creators of the popular Emergency Response & Salvage Wheel and the Field Guide to Emergency Response. Offer many free resources on disaster planning and response. Co-sponsor — with FEMA — of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force.
Current news and resources for preparedness; see especially the “Preparedness, Response, Recovery” section.
Library services including disaster planning and preservation, primary areas are Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern and New England regions of U.S.