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Learn from those who actually dealt with disaster!

Regardless of the type of library, natural disasters can have catastrophic effects on its collections and artifacts. Dealing with Natural Disasters in Libraries provides an inside look at different disasters and how diverse types of libraries dealt with the consequences. This useful resource covers a wide range of natural disasters, including flood, fire, water damage, mold, sick building syndrome, and hurricane damage. Librarians from different types of libraries describe personal efforts to cope with real-life cases of disaster, and discuss principles and lessons which can be used to plan for—and better respond to—future catastrophic occurrences.

Every library should have a disaster plan in place. Dealing with Natural Disasters in Libraries provides realistic guidance on how to best prepare for catastrophic damage and loss, and practical suggestions on how to best respond once disaster does strike. These authors use their unique perspectives on having lived through a disaster to provide a close examination of lessons learned. This crucial book includes a selected bibliography and a series of case studies that illustrate what other librarians did to repair and rebuild collections and facilities after experiencing some of the most challenging circumstances imaginable. Managing people, education and training, the creation of a disaster plan, the treatment of damaged materials, recovery of materials, and the successful rebuilding of a library after its complete destruction are all discussed in detail.

Dealing with Natural Disasters in Libraries examines:

  • case studies of different types of disasters and effective responses
  • steps small libraries should take during the first month after a disaster
  • strategies to deal with fire, smoke, and water damage issues
  • what to do to avoid mold growth after moisture problems or water damage
  • fixing "sick" buildings
  • dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina
  • post-disaster recovery
  • differing responses to minor disasters, localized disasters, major disasters, and catastrophic disasters
  • providing public access to vital information after disasters strike
  • prevention of potential disaster situations
  • and more!

Dealing with Natural Disasters in Libraries is an essential resource for academic librarians, public librarians, special librarians, school librarians, library science faculty, and administrators.
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What People Are Saying

Julie A. Page
AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THE LIBRARY LITERATURE. . . . From the Pacific Islands to the Northeast and throughout the Gulf Coast, they remind us again of how important preparedness and planning, establishing collaborative relationships, and staff training are to a successful recovery. In these pages are the words of wisdom from those who are well qualified to support the critical aspects of what to do before disaster strikes. THE INFORMATIVE AND WELL-WRITTEN CASE STUDIES GIVE GOOD ADVICE AND CONCRETE EXAMPLES BASED ON RECENT EVENTS; hopefully these will motivate libraries to take disaster preparedness actions! The bibliography provides a helpful combination of more disaster stories and planning resources. (Julie A. Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program, California Alliance for Response, and Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service)
Carrie Lowe
GIVES PRACTICAL ADVICE AND STRATEGIES for recovering successfully from disasters of all types, and more importantly, mitigating damage through careful planning. While the profiles of recovered libraries are a unique resource, Paul T. Jaeger et al.'s paper on the evolving roles of libraries in hurricane recovery demonstrates an even more compelling portrait of the library as a community recovery center that connects people to family members, government information, and recovery resources. . . . AN IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THE LIBRARY LITERATURE and will help libraries map out our role within the community in the coming years. (Carrie Lowe, MLS, Internet Policy Specialist, American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy)
Danielle Pollock
A VALUABLE READ FOR ANYONE WHO WORKS IN ANY LIBRARY, regardless of type, size, or budget. The collection's strength is that it goes beyond useful, general advice to offer real-life lessons and stories from information professionals who have been on the front lines during disasters, and helped their institutions and communities recover from the worst. (Danielle Pollock, MA, Librarian, Missouri Department of Transportation)
Jennifer Crispin
A VALUABLE ADDITION TO PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL COLLECTIONS. (Jennifer Crispin, MAISLT (MLS), Doctoral Student in Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri-Columbia)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789036100
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

William Miller, PhD, MLS, is Director of Libraries at Florida Atlantic University. He formerly served as Head of Reference at Michigan State University and as Associate Dean of Libraries at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Dr. Miller is Past-President of the Association of College and Research Libraries, has served as Chair of the Choice Editorial Board, and is a frequent contributor to professional journals in addition to being a contributing editor of Library Issues. Dr. Miller teaches courses in English literature and library science, and in 2004 was named Instruction Librarian of the Year by the ACRL Instruction Section.

Rita M. Pellen, MLS, is Associate Director of Libraries at Florida Atlantic University, where she previously served as Assistant Director of Public Services and Head of the Reference Department. In 1993, she received the Gabor Exemplary Employee Award in recognition for outstanding service to the university, and in 1997 she received the "Literati Club Award for Excellence" for her outstanding paper published in The Bottom Line. She has served on committees in LAMA, ACRL, and ALCTS, as well as the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN), a multi-type library cooperative in south Florida. Her honor society memberships include Beta Phi Mu and Phi Kappa Pi.
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Dealing with Natural Disasters (William Miller )
  • A Selected Bibliography of Library Disaster Stories: Before, During, and After (Jane Strudwick)
  • Coming Back from Major Disaster: Month One (Susan C. Curzon)
  • The Importance of Disaster Planning for the Small Public Library (Sonya L. Green and Thomas H. Teper)
  • Fire at University of New Mexico Library (Terry Gugliotta)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Disaster Recovery (Randy Silverman)
  • The Great University of Georgia Libraries Fire of ’03: Lessons Learned and Questions Raised (Ryan Perry)
  • Lessons Learned from Katrina: What Really Matters in a Disaster (Kay L. Wall)
  • Steamy Situation: Water Emergency in Sterling Memorial Library (Tara D. Kennedy)
  • Riding the Surf: Dealing with Library Disasters in Island Communities (Lynn Ann Davis)
  • The Complicated Symptoms of Sick Buildings (Richard P Widdicombe)
  • Major and Minor Mold Outbreaks: Summer of 2002 (Nancy E. Kraft)
  • Keeping the Beast at Bay: Fighting Mold at the University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism Library (Cindy Dudenhöffer)
  • Observations of Ground Zero: From the Outside (Sharman Bridges Smith)
  • Rebuilding a High School Library Collection After Hurricane Katrina (Idella Washington)
  • "Nor Any Drop to Drink": New Orleans Libraries in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (Robert E. Skinner)
  • The 2004 and 2005 Gulf Coast Hurricanes: Evolving Roles and Lessons Learned for Public Libraries in Disaster Preparedness and Community Services (Paul T. Jaeger, Lesley A. Langa, Charles R. McClure, and John Carlo Bertot)
  • SOLINET’s Gulf Coast Libraries Recovery Projects for Public and Academic Libraries (Kate Nevins and Sandra Nyberg)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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