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Introduction to Disaster Planning for Libraries 
Deborah Halsted , Associate Director, Public Services and Operations at
the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library 

While disaster planning can be time consuming, it is an important task
for any library manager. Even if you do not live in an area prone to
weather-related disasters, there is always a chance of a structural
disaster, a fire or bursting pipes. This workshop will examine the need
for planning for disaster and the basic steps in setting up a disaster
team and writing an effective disaster plan. 


Thursday, Dec. 1st, 2005 3PM ET (Noon PT)

The Benefits 

-Provides an overview of disaster planning, from assessment of possible
disasters to planning for disaster
-Includes practical tips on forming a disaster team and writing a
disaster plan
-Discusses the need to update your disaster plan regularly and to
conduct periodic drills

Who Should Participate? 

Library managers from small and large libraries, including academic,
public and private libraries. Managers from archives and special
collections. Librarians who live in areas prone to natural disasters
from tornadoes, to earthquakes to floods and avalanches. Any librarian
who has responsibility for preserving a collection. 

Key Topics to be Explored 

-Why plan for disaster, if the chances are low that a disaster will
-Who should participate in disaster planning
-Key elements of a disaster plan
-Drills, drills, drills
-Updating the plan

Method of Instruction 

Teleconference with accompanying materials. 


Member: $48.00 + GST 
Non-Member: $68.00 + GST 

Deborah Halsted is Associate Director, Public Services and Operations at
the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library
in Houston TX. In 2001 the HAM-TMC Library was flooded by rains caused
by Tropical Storm Allison. Ms. Halsted was responsible for the recovery
efforts and subsequent reconstruction. Following this experience, she
co-authored, Disaster Planning: A How-To-Do-It Manual with Planning
Templates on CD-ROM, published by Neal-Schuman in 2005. Ms. Halsted
received her MLS and MA from Florida State University in Tallahassee. 

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