Be Prepared: Disaster Management for Librarians
Natural or manmade disasters can occur at any time and impact any individual, institution or organisation. Libraries are not immune to disasters, and while a disaster in your library cannot be completely avoided, it can be anticipated. You can be pro-active and plan for them, and be prepared to respond quickly and effectively should a disaster arise.
How do you plan and prepare for a disaster or an emergency situation striking your library? What do you need to do to safeguard your valuable information and collections, both hardcopy and digital and protect your premises and infrastructure? How do you ensure the safety of staff and users and continuity of service?
This half day course has been designed to assist you to hone your knowledge and skills in developing a disaster preparedness plan. It will provide you with:
- Background information on the value and importance of disaster preparedness;
- A wide range of hints and tips to help you write a clear and practical disaster plan; and
- Opportunities to consider and analyse disasters that could affect your collections, infrastructure and premises and the risks associated with them.
The course makes use of presentations and discussions and individual and group activities. It will consider some case studies and disaster scenarios.
This course will cover:
- The disasters that could affect libraries;
- Business continuity, risk management and disaster preparedness;
- Assessing risks to collections and premises;
- Identifying priorities for response and recovery; and
- Preparing a disaster plan.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Understand the value and importance of disaster preparedness;
- Identify the different types of disasters that could affect libraries and their collections;
- Understand the relationships between business continuity, risk management and disaster preparedness;
- Identify priorities for response and recovery; and
- Understand and apply techniques for developing a disaster plan for your organisation.
At the end of this course you will have:
A methodology to develop a disaster preparedness plan;
Tools which can be used to assist in the development and maintenance of the plan.
Dates & registration
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