For immediate release | March 7, 2012

Disaster response and planning for libraries

CHICAGO—Fire, water, mold, construction problems, power-outages—mishaps like these can not only bring library services to a grinding halt, but can also destroy collections and even endanger employees. Preparing for the unexpected is the foundation of a library’s best response. “Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, comes to the rescue with a timely update of the best step-by-step, how-to guide for preparing and responding to all types of library disasters. In this new edition, expert Miriam B. Kahn offers:

  • Quick and efficient guidance for creating protocols and response plans tailored to your own institution;
  • Pointers for handling all kinds of library materials when damaged;
  • Advice on preparing for technology recovery;
  • Up-to-date information on prevention equipment and materials;
  • Dozens of reproducible checklists and forms, and a comprehensive list of resources.

Kahn is the founder of MBK Consulting, helping libraries, archives, corporations, and cultural institutions plan for, recover from, and prevent disasters that interrupt services. Since 1989, she has worked in the field of preservation, consulting on disaster response, and offering hands-on assistance during disasters. Author of “The Library Security and Safety Guide to Prevention, Planning, and Response” and “Protecting Your Library’s Digital Sources,” she is a popular presenter and teacher, leading courses at Kent State University’s Graduate School for Library and Information Science and throughout the Midwest.

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Jill Davis