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Library Disaster: Preparedness & Recovery An Overview by: Darcel A. Bryant, AHIP Associate Librarian Howard University Washington, DC 20059 Goals Encourage every library to develop a disaster plan Help libraries minimize the impact of a disaster

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library disaster preparedness recovery

Library Disaster:Preparedness & Recovery

An Overview by:

Darcel A. Bryant, AHIP

Associate Librarian

Howard University

Washington, DC 20059

goals
Goals
  • Encourage every library to develop a disaster plan
  • Help libraries minimize the impact of a disaster
  • Provide information to restore collections and services in an optimum time
kinds of disasters
Kinds of Disasters

Natural Disasters include:

  • Earthquake
  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Hurricane
natural disasters have caused
Natural Disasters have caused:
  • Damage to library collections and buildings
  • Harm to staff and users
  • Disruption to library services

Xavier University Library - Louisiana Pass Christian Library - Mississippi

Go to: http://www.xula.edu/institutional-advancement/RecoveryPhotos.html

http://www.harrison.lib.ms/hurricane/hurr_katrina_pc(ss).htm or http://www.folusa.org/html/Katrinams.html

FOR MORE INFO...

libraries affected by disasters
Libraries affected by Disasters

MA

1998 Flood

Boston Public Library

CA

1998 Flood

Stanford University

Library

CA

1994 Earthquake

California State University

Northridge

Delmar T. Oviatt Library

CO

1997 Rain Storm Flood

Colorado State University

Morgan Library

LA MS

2005 Hurricane

Gulf Coast Libraries

The damages and lessons learned for each library follows:

1994 california earthquake
1994 California Earthquake

Northridge, CA

California State University

Delmar T. Oviatt Library

  • Damage: Structural damage to building.
  • Lessons Learned: Maintain shelving to meet latest standards. Record the arrangement of the library collections.

Go to: http://library.csun.edu/mfinley/quake.htmlor

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/proceedings/99pro31.html

FOR MORE INFO...

1997 colorado flood
1997 Colorado Flood

Morgan Library

Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO

  • Damage: water damage to materials and offices.
  • Lessons learned: Include restoration of library services (incl. reference, circulation, ILL) in your disaster plan.

Go to: http://lib.colostate.edu/develop/overview.htmlor

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/proceedings/99pro31.html

FOR MORE INFO...

1998 california flood
1998 California Flood

Meyer & Music Libraries

Stanford University

Stanford CA

  • Damage: water damage to collections (incl. GPO Docs., LP records, microfiche and books).
  • Lessons Learned: encourage and support collection emergency planning. Update your disaster plan and include staff training.

Go to:http://www-sul.stanford.edu/flood/plan.htmlor

http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/proceedings/99pro31.html

FOR MORE INFO...

1998 boston flood
1998 Boston Flood

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA

  • Damage: water damage to materials (incl. GPO docs., microfiche and maps).
  • Lessons Learned: Include a chain of command in your plan. Assign responsibility for each aspect of the recovery process.

Go to: http//www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs/fdlp/pubs/proceedings/99pro30.html or

http://www.bpl.org/guides/mckim.htm

FOR MORE INFO...

2005 gulf coast hurricane
2005 Gulf Coast Hurricane

Libraries in

New Orleans & Mississippi Include:

-Dillard Univ. Library

-Loyola Univ.Library

-LSU Health Sciences Center

-McNeese State Univ. Library-Mississippi State Univ. Library

-Southern Univ. Library

-U of Southern Miss. Library

-Xavier Univ. Library

Tulane University Library

  • Damage: water damage to collections, equipment and buildings.

Go to: http://www.ala.org/ala/cro/Katrina/katrinadamage.htmor the Libraries Web page

FOR MORE INFO...

process for developing a plan
Process for developing a plan
  • Establish a disaster committee to develop rules and procedures.
  • Get staff involved in planning, preparedness, and recovery.
  • Maintain a record of the floor plans and the arrangement of collections.

FOR MORE INFO...

See handout- A selected bibliography of disaster planning, preparedness and recovery

benefits of having a disaster plan
Benefits of having a disaster plan
  • Provides staff with clear procedures to follow
  • Makes your library safe
  • Minimizes damage
  • Prevents panic during and after a disaster

FOR MORE INFO...

See handout- List of libraries and universities with disaster plans

summary
Summary
  • Disaster can happen to any library
  • Be ready for a disaster
  • Layout a plan of what needs to be done when a disaster strikes
  • Train staff how the disaster plan operates
  • Review, revise and rehearse your plan regularly
references
References
  • American Library Association. Library Damage Report: 2000http://www.ala.org
  • Amigos Library Services, Inc. A Disaster Plan for Libraries and Archives: 2000.http://www.amigos.org/disasterplan
  • Stanford University Libraries. Preservation Department. CoOl: Conservation Onlinehttp://palimpsest.stanford.edu
  • Federal Depository Library Program. Proceedings of the 9th Annual Federal Depository Library Conference: 2000.

http://access.gpo.gov/su_docs.html

acknowledgments
Acknowledgments
  • Disaster Photos

- www.stanford.edu

- www.colostate.edu

- www.csun.edu

- www.bpl.org

- www.htmllibrary.shutterfly.com

- www.xula.edu

- www.folusa.org

  • Howard University Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
    • Larry S. Ellis, Director
    • Marlene Mahoney, Building Manager
    • Gary Goodman, SIGTECHS
    • Mariano Alexander, Technician I