Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery

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Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery. By Deborah Halsted, Shari Clifton, and Daniel Wilson. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2014. 160 p. Paper $72 (ISBN: 978-1-55570-913-6).

Neal-Schuman's series of how-to manuals are typically practical, down-to-earth guides to aspects of library management and leadership. Halsted, Clifton, and Wilson's Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery is a particularly useful addition to the series. Library directors understand that they must have disaster response plans in place, and most have at least a rudimentary system for dealing with fires, floods, and other emergencies. However, they may also feel overwhelmed at the prospect of developing a response and recovery plan for every possible crisis that could befall the library. This book provides a straightforward system for devising such a plan with a reasonable amount of effort.

Library as Safe Haven features a seven-step planning process that can be implemented with minimal fuss. Chapter 1 walks the reader through the steps in completing a risk assessment tailored to a library's location and collection, covering such issues as dealing with insurance and identifying potential outside sources to help with recovery. After discussing strategies for immediate threat responses in chapter 2, the authors explore the importance of leveraging relationships with outside resources and officials in time of crisis. The authors discuss the role of social media and the importance of personal emergency response plans for all staff in the case of a widespread disaster, such as a tornado or hurricane. …

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