Disaster Planning

GOVERNMENT LAW LIBRARY STANDARDS:

AALL COUNTY PUBLIC LAW LIBRARY STANDARDS

VI. TECHNICAL SERVICES

C. Collection Management

3. The SCCLL [GLL] has published a Disaster Planning Tool Kit that may be consulted to assist library staff with disaster preparedness. A written policy for preparing and recovering from disasters should be created by the library director and approved by the library governing entity.

AALL APPELLATE COURT LIBRARIES AND STATE LAW LIBRARIES

VII Technical Services

C. Collection Maintenance and Preservation

The library's collections should be maintained in good physical condition, including systematic book cleaning, repair, and binding where warranted. The library should establish preventive maintenance, preservation, and disaster recovery programs, plans, and policies.

PLANS: SAMPLES AND TEMPLATES

American Library Association Disaster Recovery Toolkit
http://www.ala.org/advocacy/govinfo/disasterpreparedness

Excellent collection of links to disaster preparedness and recovery resources, including information on:

  • Collection Valuation
  • Response and Recovery
  • Disaster Planning Resources

Northeast Document Conservation Center: dPlan, a free disaster planning template
http://www.nedcc.org/disaster/dplan.php

Free webinar on dPlan:
https://nedcc.adobeconnect.com/_a1012789439/p91g8767mwd/

National Center for State Courts: Emergency Planning and Security
http://www.ncsc.org/Services-and-Experts/Areas-of-expertise/Emergency-planning-and-security.aspx
Includes  Template for Assessing Status Of COOP [Continuity of Operations] Planning: Louisiana District Courts
http://www.ncsc.org/~/media/Files/PDF/Information%20and%20Resources/LA%20COOP%20Planning%20Final%20Report%204%20134%205%2010%20(3).ashx

American Bar Association Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness: Resources for Courts
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/disaster/resources/resources_for_courts.html

Library of Congress Emergency Preparedness
http://www.loc.gov/preservation/emergprep/
Includes “References” page with links to Disaster Planning, Funding, Life Safety, and Response and Recovery.
http://www.loc.gov/preservation/emergprep/emerpubs.html

WEBINARS

Association for Library Collections and Technical Services, American Library Association (ALA)
“Disaster Preparedness and Planning: An ALCTS Webcast” (Nancy Kraft, 5/12/2010)
http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/pres/051210disast

Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Artistic and Historic Works:
Connecting to Collections Webinar Series

The Resilient Organization: A Guide for Disaster Planning and Recovery
http://www.webjunction.org/documents/webjunction/The_Resilient_Organization_A_Guide_for_Disaster_Planning_amp_Recovery.html

This 75-page guide is available for download in PDF or MSWord format. The attached Excel worksheets can serve as templates for your planning and recovery process.

AUDIO RECORDINGS: CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Disaster planning in an hour. Recorded AALL Annual Meeting and Conference (2017).

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Books

Decker, Emy Nelson, and Jennifer A. Townes. 2016. Handbook of research on disaster management and contingency planning in modern libraries.

Genovese, Robert, Trish Taylor, and Edward White. 2010. Disaster preparedness manual. Tucson, Ariz.: Univ. of Arizona.

Halsted, Deborah D., Shari Clifton, and Daniel T. Wilson. 2014. Library as safe haven: disaster planning, response, and recovery: a how-to-do-it manual for librarians. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association.

Halsted, Deborah D., Richard P. Jasper, and Felicia M. Little. 2005. Disaster planning: a how-to-do-it manual for librarians with planning templates on CD-ROM. New York [etc.]: Neal-Schuman.

Kahn, Miriam B. 2012. Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries, Third Edition.

Mallery, Mary. 2015. Technology disaster response and recovery planning: a LITA guide.

Miller, William, and Rita M. Pellen. 2006. Dealing with natural disasters in libraries. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Information Press.

Robertson, Guy. 2015. Disaster planning for libraries process and guidelines. Waltham, MA, USA: Elsevier/Chandos Pub.

Robertson, Guy. 2016. Robertson on library security and disaster planning.  Robertson on Library Security and Disaster Planning.

Todaro, Julie. 2009. Emergency preparedness for libraries. Lanham, Maryland: Government Institutes.

Wilkinson, Frances C., Linda K. Lewis, and Nancy K. Dennis. 2010. Comprehensive guide to emergency preparedness and disaster recovery. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries

Selected Law Library Articles

Even though some of these articles are quite old, they are still worth reviewing.

Anglim, Christopher, The Worst Thing That Could Happen - Law Library Disasters and Preparing for the Unimaginable, 1 AALL Spectrum 8 (1996-1997)

Coolidge, Katherine, Program Outlines Elements of an Effective Disaster Plan - Communication, Role Assignments Key to Disaster Preparedness, 8 AALL Spectrum 22 (2003-2004)

Fu, Paul S., Handling Water Damage in a Law Library, 79 Law. Libr. J. 667 (1987)

Guarding against Disaster [Transcript of a panel discussion moderated by Erwin C. Surrency], 66 Law Libr. J. 419 (1973)

Huddleston, Brian, After the Storm - New Orleans Law Libraries' Long and Continuing Recovery from Hurricane Katrina, 11 AALL Spectrum 12 (2006-2007)

Johnson, Liz McCurry et al., Reference Desk: Using Tech in Disaster Planning & Management, 22 AALL Spectrum 56 (2018)

Norton, Francis X. Jr., Communication Breakdown - How to Avoid the Real Barrier to Disaster Recovery, 12 AALL Spectrum 12 (September/October 2007)

Oscar M. Trelles, Protection of Libraries, 66 Law Libr. J. 241 (1973)

Preservation of Law Library Materials & Disaster Planning [Transcript of a panel discussion moderated by Julius S. Marke], 73 Law Libr. J. 831 (1980)

Preservation Treatment Options for Law Libraries, 84 Law. Libr. J. 259 (1992)

Seo, Hilary T., Preserving Print Legal Information, 96 Law Libr. J. 581 (2004)

Turpening, Patricia K., From Sheepskin Binding to Born Digital: One Hundred Years of Preservation, 101 Law Libr. J. 71 (2009)

UPDATED MAY 2018 BY MARISSA MASON