Dealing with Natural Disasters In libraries
- 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!
A valuable addition to personal and professional collections. -- Jennifer Crispin, MAISLT (MLS), Doctoral Student in Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri-ColumbiaA 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 TransportationAn 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 ServiceGives 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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition. 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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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