ERIC Number: ED360999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Most librarians know the importance of disaster preparedness. Many disasters could have been prevented altogether or have had reduced impact if institutions had been better prepared. This resource guide suggests how disaster preparedness can be achieved at cultural institutions. Twenty-three basic resource articles are presented to introduce disaster preparedness. They deal with the safety of collections rather than the safety of staff, and related issues such as security and environmental control are not addressed. Of the materials that cover what to do once a disaster has occurred, most emphasize water damage because so many causes of disaster result in water damage. The resource guide is supplemented by a list of 23 selected readings. When a choice had to be made between a readily available source and one that was difficult to obtain, the hard-to-obtain one was included in the resource guide, and a reference to the other was provided in the bibliography. The basic processes for disaster preparedness include: (1) brainstorming potential disasters; (2) investigating responses to past disasters; (3) outlining a disaster plan; (4) determining remaining needs; and (5) developing recommendations. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Archives, Emergency Programs, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Librarians, Libraries, Library Collections, Library Planning, Natural Disasters, Preservation, Program Development, Resource Materials
Association of Research Libraries, 21 Dupont Circle, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.