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Developing a Disaster Plan (Online)

Presented By: LYRASIS

Description: All libraries, archives and museums need knowledgeable staff and advanced planning to deal with the emergency situations that arise. This preparation allows for a quicker response and helps to minimize damage. A disaster plan requires the support and commitment of staff from many departments, including facilities and accounting. Plan preparation is most successful and effective when undertaken by a committee with staff representatives from across the institution. Course homework assignments will reflect this planning and require input and support from a variety of staff members.

Taught in three two-hour sessions over the course of three weeks, this class guides participants through the development of a written disaster plan. The modules cover establishment of a planning structure, information gathering (including risk assessment and resource list development), setting recovery priorities, an overview of recovery procedures, plan development, and working with disaster recovery vendors.

Participants are invited to submit their completed plans for review by LYRASIS preservation staff.

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • Identify the major components of an institutional disaster plan.
  • Locate necessary information to gather for plan.
  • Interpret risk assessment into resource needs.
  • Name top recovery priorities.
  • Employ development of a complete disaster plan.

Location: Online

Speaker: Alix Bentrud, Preservation Services Librarian, LYRASIS

Time: 5/7/2015 & 5/14/2015 & 5/28/2015, 2-4PM ET

Fee: $175 Members / $200 Non-Members