Emergency Preparedness for Libraries

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
10 North 1900 East
Salt Lake City UT , 84112-5890
United States
Dana Abbey is the primary contact.
Phone: (303) 724-2110
Fax: (303) 724-2166
Resource URL: http://nnlm.gov/training/emergprep
Region: All

Description: The class examines strategies to assist librarians with preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. Topics include learning how to conduct a basic risk assessment for their libraries and craft a basic emergency preparedness plan including strategies for continuing library services during the emergency; disaster planning models; types of resources available for emergency planning and recovery; relationships with first responders, vendors, and other libraries; and issues related to salvage. Class activities provide the opportunity to discuss and begin developing continuity of service plans and related processes.

Experience Level: Beginning
CE Contact Hours: 4
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Environment and Information Policies, Leadership and Management
Subject: Leadership, Management
Course Type: Face to Face, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: 1. Identify risks to their regions and their institutions from natural and human-caused emergencies and disasters 2. Develop a plan for continuation of core library services in the event of an emergency or disaster 3. Know where to obtain help and/or training in collection preservation where applicable 4. Know how to obtain help within their regions or nationwide for assistance in providing continuity of core services following an emergency or disaster 5. Identify advocacy possibilities within both the organization and the community


Introduction and background, overview of class content (15 min)
• Risk assessment - Step 1 (30 min) 
• Emergency preparedness measures for librarians - Steps 2-9 (45 min)
• Knowing how to obtain assistance in developing continuity of service - Step 10 (15 min)
• Disaster Struck: Immediate Responses – group case study (15 min)
• Break (15 min)
• Discussion (15 min)
• People and personnel (15 min)
• Knowing your Library (15 min)
• Working Beyond the Library (30 min)
• We’re Back – Now what? Long term response (15 min)
• Wrap Up and evaluation (15 min)

Need for This Course: Emergency preparedness is an important issue for librarians. The class is designed to address the need for emergency preparedness and response training as expressed by the results of a baseline assessment conducted by NN/LM’s Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) in 2008, as well as to meet one of NN/LM’s stated goals in its strategic planning for 2006-2016 to educate medical librarians to be better prepared to respond to disasters.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Slides, Discussion, Brainstorming, Hands-on Exercises, and Case Study.

Participant Materials: PowerPoint presentation, additional handouts, case study materials

Facility Requirements: Classroom setting, computer, projector, PowerPoint program.

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