Mary Congleton, the AHEC Librarian at the University of Kentucky Medical Library, taught the “10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning” at the recent meeting of the Kentucky Medical Library Association. She reports that the class was very well-received, and that the participants left with some ideas and tools for helping their libraries become better prepared for emergencies. (Participants also received MLA CE credit for completing the class.) Mary is the State Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness for Kentucky in the Greater Midwest Region of NN/LM. She has been asked to present the class again at the University, helping to spread the word about the importance of looking at risk, developing procedures, and making plans for continuing service to patrons in an emergency. Great work, Mary!
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Claire Hamasu, Associate Director of the MidContinental Region of NN/LM at Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, has sent us the recently implemented documentation developed by their library’s emergency preparedness team. It looks great, and we expect it will be really helpful to NN/LM members as an example of emergency/disaster planning for any type of library. They have provided their version of the Pocket Response Plan (PReP) (originally devised by the Council of State Archivists–see the “Disaster Plan Templates” page above) as well as a photo and the content of a flip-chart they designed for display in the library. The flip-chart provides quick and easy access to the key parts of their plan, while the PReP provides their staff with an easy-to-carry concise version of their plan for use from off-site.
We appreciate the willingness of the emergency preparedness team at Eccles HSL to share their work with us, and congratulate them on a job well done! See the “Disaster Plan Templates” page above to check out their documents. Many thanks to Claire for reporting her library’s progress and sending us these great ideas!
Logan Ludwig, Director of the Loyola University Chicago’s Health Sciences Library, is also the State Coordinator for Emergency Preparedness for Illinois in the Greater Midwest Region of NN/LM. He has given us permission to post here on the toolkit the Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Manual that he and his colleagues have prepared for their library. The Loyola HSL plan is a great example of a concise one that also covers many bases in terms of both preparedness and response. Check on the “Disaster Plan Templates” page (above) and look in the “Resource Libraries” section for the link to the plan.
Many thanks to Logan for allowing us to view Loyola’s plan, and congratulations on a job well done!
Many of you are familiar with our “Disaster Plan Templates” page (see the menu bar of pages above), and our toolkit statistics indicate that lots of people are finding and using it. Here are a couple of recent updates to the page:
We created the “10 Steps to Service Continuity” planning template in December, in order to help fill a gap in our representative offerings. We needed a template for a plan that would more closely match NN/LM’s focus on service continuity. It also needed to be attainable in terms of the depth of knowledge and information required, the time required to complete it, and the format for producing it.
We have redirected the link to dPlan, so that it now arrives at the introductory page for dPlan on the NEDCC site. The introduction includes information about access and security of the plan and a great overview, so if you’re thinking of creating a comprehensive plan, check this out.