Q. There was recently a flash flood in a neighboring town--and it seems like there's another earthquake reported every week. Our library doesn't have a disaster plan. Where can I get help in writing one?
A. There are a number of resources available to you. Start with the "Disaster Recovery" resources prepared by members of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services as background material for the first ever Preservation Week, May 9-15, 2010.
Be sure to work with your local government and your state library, as your plan needs to work in concert with those developed for larger areas. Some state libraries or regional consortia will have resources of their own. The California Preservation Program of the California State Library, for example, has a disaster plan template available. LYRASIS Preservation Field Service Program has extensive resources available for its members, as do other regional networks.
There are also workshops, such as those available online from LYRASIS or the tailored on-site workshop available from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). Again, check with your local consortium, state association, or state library to see what might be available in your area--or to see what would be entailed in bringing one of the workshops from ALCTS, NEDCC or LYRASIS to your area.
We've collected additional disaster readiness resources on our Professional Tips wiki.'