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This important book assesses the current state of disaster management in archives, libraries and museums in the UK and around the world, and provides recommendations for addressing current and future threats.
Following an introduction, outlining the topic and terminology, the book provides a short history of the development of disaster management in the cultural heritage sector, with illustrative examples of key activities and players along with an outline of the basic principles. The basic framework of effective disaster management, the disaster control plan, is reviewed. Drawing on examples from practice around the world and from other fields, key issues affecting disaster management in archives, libraries and museums are discussed and priorities identified.
This book will be key reading for scholars and students of archive studies, library and information and museum management. It will also be extremely useful for professionals and policy makers involved in disaster management planning at a local and national level.
List of Tables vii
About the Authors ix
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xiii
1 The Research Project and Disaster Management: Introduction 1
2 Disaster Management and Archives, Libraries and Museums: Context 13
3 The Situation in the United Kingdom: Overview 37
4 The Worldwide Situation: Overview 67
5 The Disaster Control Plan 95
6 Findings: Key Themes 119
7 Planning for the Future 171
8 Sources of Information 207