Navigating Campus Disasters from Within the Library

  • Lessons and Implications from Gulf Coast Institutions
  • Mahauganee Dawn Shaw
  • IGI Global
  • DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8624-3.ch015

Navigating campus disasters from within the library

What is it about?

The post-hurricane recovery processes of two universities are presented in this chapter, with an emphasis on the experiences specific to their library facilities and holdings. Interviews were conducted with library staff and campus leaders at both institutions. Case studies are constructed of the experiences of these libraries with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Fall 2005 Semester. One library experienced major destructive damage and the other suffered minor damages to the collection. Full Citation: Shaw, M. D. (2016). Navigating campus disasters from within the library: Lessons and implications from Gulf Coast institutions. In E. N. Decker, & J. Townes (Eds.), Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries (pp. 340-365). [Book Series: Advances in Library and Information Science]. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Why is it important?

The tales of recovery presented lead to implications for disaster management within academic libraries. Recommendations are offered for each stage in the crisis management process: planning, prevention, response, recovery, and learning. These recommendations provide guidance on disaster mitigation and contingency planning for librarians, library staff, archivists, curators, and university administrators.

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