Disaster Planning for Special Libraries

Disaster Planning for Special Libraries

1st Edition - November 27, 2020

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  • Author: Guy Robertson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081009482
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081010501

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Disaster Planning for Special Libraries contains a guide for developing and maintaining disaster plans for small special libraries and related work units.This volume serves as a reference resource, not only for people who have never considered the disaster planning process, but also for experienced planners interested in a variety of approaches to different aspects of planning.The author discusses the role of the special librarian in the planning process and considers the relationship between special libraries and their host organizations. He emphasizes the importance of coordinating a special library’s plan with any in place for its host organization, and encourages librarians to demonstrate their planning skills for organization-wide benefits.Early chapters summarize the initial phases of the planning process, which include preparedness and response measures. Subsequent chapters cover the assessment of damage to special library facilities and assets, the implications of declaring a disaster, the development of strategic alliances with key suppliers, orientation and training, succession planning, operational resumption, the normalization of library operations, and auditing a disaster plan. The concluding chapter discusses concerns that special librarians might have with regard to the future and its risks.Appendices include examples of a risk assessment and analysis and a risk mitigation program, a strike and protest plan, an emergency equipment inspection and audit report, a pandemic management program, and disaster response manager’s kit.

Key Features

  • Presents essential information in an accessible manner
  • Considers the disaster-related needs and experiences of special library personnel
  • Discusses a variety of risks to special libraries in different kinds of physical locations
  • Offers different approaches to a broad range of disaster planning topics in special libraries
  • Provides examples of essential planning documentation


Information professionals; corporate librarians/library board members and sponsors; managers responsible for security and planning; library directors; chief librarians; assistant librarians; senior library administrators in corporate libraries; security managers; technical services librarians; corporate IT librarians; Occupational Health and Safety (OHT) managers in corporate libraries; law librarians; medical and government librarians; library space planners; building services managers and maintenance staff in buildings that contain corporate library facilities; SLA members

Table of Contents

  • 1. A disaster planner for your library
    2. First challenges
    3. Assessing risks to your library
    4. Preparedness and risk mitigation
    5. Emergency and disaster response
    6. Assessing the damage
    7. Event recognition, disaster declaration, and crisis management
    8. Strategic alliances: Internal and external partners
    9. Operational resumption, succession planning, and postdisaster workspace
    10. Postdisaster concerns of library personnel
    11. Normalization
    12. Orientation and training
    13. Auditing your disaster plan
    14. Future concerns for special librarians: a personal view

    Appendix 1: Risk assessment and analysis: the Library and Records Centre of a Financial Services and Investments firm in Vancouver, British Columbia
    Appendix 2: Law firm library: risk mitigation program
    Appendix 3: Western Petroleum Research Institute Library
    Appendix 4: Emergency equipment inspection and audit report
    Appendix 5: Corporate library pandemic management program
    Appendix 6: Disaster response manager’s kit

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2020
  • Published: November 27, 2020
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081009482
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081010501

About the Author

Guy Robertson

Guy Robertson
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Guy Robertson is a senior instructor at Langara College, where he teaches library history, reference and readers’ advisory services, and records management. He is also an instructor in information security and risk management at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He works as a consultant to organizations across North America, and has provided advice and services to libraries, archives, records centers, and museums in Europe and Asia. Mr. Robertson is noted for his research into book and manuscript theft, data loss and protection, and financial fraud and forgery. He has delivered keynote speeches, seminars, and workshops at conferences not only for librarians and archivists, but also for other professional and technical groups.

Affiliations and Expertise

Justice Institute of British Columbia, Canada; Adjunct professor, University of British Columbia; Senior instructor, Langara College

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