Ours does. At least we are constantly working to update procedures and make sure that we are prepared for everything from terrorist attacks to tornadoes. *
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education describes what happened when Hurricane Sandy hit the NYU library on October 30, 2012.
“The force of the water was tremendous,” said Paula De Stefano, head of the university’s preservation and conservation department. “Furniture was moved, metal was twisted. It was really pretty amazing.”
The floodwaters wiped out most of the library’s on-site print collections, along with study spaces and work areas, according to an update posted on Monday on the NYU Health Sciences Libraries’Web site. The storm also knocked out essential equipment and access to electronic resources and services, and the staff has been working overtime, remotely, to get the online operation up and running again.
The article includes links to different resources that can provide assistance in case of a library disaster which were posted by Jason Kucsma, executive director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council including:
- The American Library Association: list of online resources on how to deal with disasters
- The National Library of Medicine: Disaster Information Management Research Center
- The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works: disaster response training and 24-hour hotline staffed by volunteer conservators who are available coordinate help in a crisis
- Heritage Preservation has an Emergency National Task Force that focuses on disaster-recovery reporting and resources.
It’s not likely that Illinois will face a hurricane in the near future (unless the New Madrid fault drops everything west of the Mississippi into the Pacific) but what happened to New York libraries and other east coast libraries just a few weeks ago is a serious reminder that libraries, like Boy Scouts, should be prepared