The Disaster Planning Handbook for Libraries

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978-0-8389-3799-0
Published: 
2021
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ALA Editions
Pages: 
168
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
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Softcover
AP Categories: 
A, C, I

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Libraries are in a unique position to aid communities during times of adversity, and this comprehensive handbook’s practical tools and expert guidance will help ensure that your library is thoroughly prepared for emergency response and recovery.

Your library is a vital information hub and resource provider every single day, and that’s doubly true when calamity strikes. In fact, your library’s role as an “essential community function” during disasters is now encoded in U.S. law. Engaging as a partner in planning and preparedness will build much-needed community support should disaster strike, and even a basic plan will also save you time and stress later on. No matter where your library is in the disaster planning cycle, this handbook will make the process clearer and less daunting. You’ll get tools, activities, easy-to-adapt templates, and hands-on guidance on such topics as

  • the six phases of disaster response;
  • 15 first-hand accounts of library disaster planning or responses, helping you identify the library services most needed during a disaster;
  • three essential factors that will shape the form of your disaster plan;
  • preparing for hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, and earthquakes;
  • ideas for connecting with your community’s emergency response teams; 
  • federal government planning resources;
  • pointers on working with state and local governments;
  • a sample Memorandum of Understanding to outline mutual support for a speedier recovery;
  • recommended courses and training, many of which are free;
  • targeted advice for archives and special collections;
  • sample building inspection checklists; and
  • recommended games to help children and families prepare.

Acknowledgments 
Introduction 

Chapter 1    Setting the Stage (with Michelle Runyon)
Chapter 2    Preparedness is Key: Planning for Disasters (with Katherine R. Greene and Michelle Runyon)
Chapter 3    The Human Element  
Chapter 4    Our Natural Environment (with Katherine R. Greene) 
Chapter 5    Physical Facilities 
Chapter 6    Archives and Special Collections by Katherine R. Greene and Michelle Runyon 
Chapter 7    Looking Ahead: Future Opportunities

Appendix: Model Memo of Understanding, National Library of Medicine   
Index 

Mary Grace Flaherty

Mary Grace Flaherty is professor emeritus at the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD in Information Science from Syracuse University where she was an IMLS Fellow. She has her MLS from the University of Maryland and MS in Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University and is a Fulbright scholar. Dr. Flaherty has wide-ranging experience in a variety of library settings, and she has published extensively in the library literature.

"The authors pack a lot into this book's 150-some pages of text and ... do an excellent job of making the book applicable to any type of library or disaster"
— Choice

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