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Disaster Planning in the Library and Beyond

Abstract

This course examines strategies to assist librarians with preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. It builds on and serves as the second part to the MLA CE approved course: 10-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning. Topics include disaster planning models; types of resources available for emergency planning and recovery; relationships with first responders, vendors, and other libraries; and issues related to salvage. Class activities provide the opportunity to discuss and continue of developing continuity of service plans and related processes.

Note: The content of course is identical to the second part of the four-hour course:
Emergency Preparedness for Libraries

Objectives

  1. Develop a plan for continuation of library services in the event of an emergency or disaster
  2. Identify advocacy possibilities within both the organization and the community
  3. Know how to obtain help within their regions or nationwide for assistance in providing continuity of services following an emergency or disaster
  4. Know where to obtain help and/or training in collection preservation where applicable

Course Materials

  • Agenda:
    • Introduction and background, overview of class content
    • Disaster Struck: Immediate Responses – group case study
    • People and Personnel
    • Knowing Your Library
    • Preparing Beyond the Library
    • We’re Back – Now what? Long term response
    • Wrap-Up and Evaluation
  • PowerPoint presentation to come (or simply adapt Emergency Preparedness for Libraries powerpoint presentation)

Continuing Education

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 2 contact hours of CE credit. MLA Course Listing.

Note

Created by Holly Ann Burt, and Ruth Holst, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region.

Instructors

Greater Midwest Region

Holly Ann Burt, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, ,

Middle Atlantic Region

Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator,

Current Author

Dana Abbey, MLS, Colorado/Health Information Literacy Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NN/LM MCR).