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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 strike
-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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