Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, 3rd Ed

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, 3rd Ed

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Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, 3rd Ed. Miriam B. Kahn. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 158 p. Paper $60 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1151-8).

"Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst"--excellent advice for anyone, but especially for librarians. Charged with protecting and preserving valuable resources, institutions such as libraries and archives must be ready for all kinds of situations, from natural disasters to power outages. The third edition of Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries helps institutions form a thorough, comprehensive disaster plan, but also takes into account the possibility that they may not yet have one. As author Miriam B. Kahn observes, "Disasters come whether or not we are prepared" (xi).

Kahn has extensively revised the 2003 edition to include up-to-date procedures and forms. As in the previous editions, the manual is divided into five sections: Response, Recovering Collections and Restoring Operations, Prevention, Planning, and Response and Recovery Procedures. The first two sections focus on immediate disaster response and a quick return to normal operations. Sections Three and Four guide institutions in assessing their readiness and planning for various scenarios. Finally, Section Five covers how to deal with various material formats and situations (ozone, mold, insects, etc. …

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