Working Together in the Face of Disaster

Collaboration was the theme this summer as libraries in Iowa prepared for and recovered from the flooding. The summer edition of the ILA/ACRL Newsletter highlights these collaborative efforts, and also offers advice and resources for libraries in preparing their own disaster plans.


Disaster Planning

by Linda Nelson, Scott Community College

A comprehensive plan, which describes the procedures the library staff must follow before, during, and after a disaster, should be a part of your library's most important documents. Devising a detailed disaster plan is good asset management and it will minimize loss of materials and equipment. Below, you will find websites, a blog and a book containing information and examples of current disaster plans.

The ALA website contains directions, information, an online Disaster Planning Tool, and more.

The Disaster Recovery Journal. Requires onsite free registration. Summer 2008 issue contains sample plans, outlines, and other plan writing sources. 

NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Tool Kit. Includes Disaster Plan templates and samples, a list of emergency contacts, and a guide to Service Continuity Planning.

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works:
"Emergency: If you're First... "  and
"Salvage at a Glance " 

Library of Congress. Emergency Drying Procedures for Water Damaged Collections.
Disaster Planning
Technical Leaflet 3.
Emergency Salvage of Wet Books and Records
Technical Leaflet 37

Disaster Planning Blog


Halsted, Deborah D. Disaster planning: a how-to-do-it manual for librarians with planning templates on CD-ROM. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2005.