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Nov 08

Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness (2018)

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:36 PM by Brian Herder

Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness

Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness (2018)

Carmen Cowick



All library staff, from library volunteers to library directors and branch managers, have a role to play in preparing for and recovering from disaster. Written by an expert in preservation services, Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness contains all of the information library professionals need to prepare for an emergency, should one arise.

Carmen Cowick identifies common terminology; teaches readers how to conduct risk assessment, how to write a disaster plan, and how to design emergency procedures; and introduces readers to the basic principles of salvaging. Throughout, Cowick shows readers how to prioritize library collections during a fire, flood, power outage, and other natural and human-caused disasters so as to maximize preservation of library materials.

  • Provides ways for all library staff, administrators, and volunteers to help in the case of an emergency
  • Covers a topic that, while often ignored, is critical to the health of any library
  • Raises awareness of the importance of disaster planning