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Disaster Planning for Special Libraries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081009482

Disaster Planning for Special Libraries

1st Edition

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Author: Guy Robertson
Paperback ISBN: 9780081009482
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 1st November 2020
Page Count: 240
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Disaster Planning for Special Libraries is ideal for corporate librarians and staff members charged with developing security and disaster plans. Chapters examine a wide variety of settings, from urban office towers and malls, to smaller buildings. It considers special considerations for libraries in hospitals, law firms, manufacturing plants and government departments and discusses how corporate-wide security and disaster plans address or fail to address risks. Subsequent chapters cover the business resumption process for corporate libraries, the best ways to assess damage to corporate library facilities and assets, and the need for strategic alliances with other libraries.

In addition, the book discusses the necessary post-disaster public relations that corporate libraries should organize and maintain after negative events, covering orientation and training programs for corporate library employees and demonstrating how such programs can be adapted to meet the needs of libraries in various settings.

Key Features

  • Discusses how corporate-wide security and disaster plans address or fail to address the risks in corporate libraries
  • Presents critical information in an accessible manner
  • Offers different approaches to a broad range of security and disaster planning topics in corporate libraries
  • Considers the risks for a variety of physical settings for corporate libraries, including office towers, malls and basements


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. Neighbourhood and site
2. The corporate disaster plan
3. Your library: purpose and goals
4. Assessing risks to your library
5. Risk mitigation
6. Recognizing and declaring a disaster
7. Assessing the damage
8. Strategic alliances: internal and external partners
9. Clean-up and continuity
10. Post-disaster internal and public relations
11. Post-disaster communications and transportation
12. Normalization and post-disaster personnel concerns
13. Continuity and recovery
14. Post-disaster library support for corporate goals
15. Orientation and training
16. Auditing and updating plans
18. Enterprise risk management
19. Disaster planning: present and future

Appendices (Including a sample disaster plan for a corporate library)


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About the Author

Guy Robertson

Guy Robertson

Guy Robertson is adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, a senior instructor at Langara College, and an instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Canada. Guy 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 and has published widely on risk.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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