Title

One Plan, Four Libraries: A Case Study in Disaster Planning for a Four-Campus Academic Institution

Campus

Gainesville

Publication date

8-2015

Publisher

IGI Global

Book or Journal Information

Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries

Keywords

University of North Georgia, emergency plans, risk assessments, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Incident Management System (NIMS), continuity of operations plan, incident action plans, multi-campus universities, University System of Georgia

Abstract

The University of North Georgia, a recently consolidated university, has four libraries of varying sizes with different types of collections – ranging from libraries with larger sized book collections to libraries that rely on electronic resources. In addition to the differences in size and collections, the libraries also face the challenge of distance. This chapter follows the creation of an emergency plan, a recovery plan, and a continuity of operations plan for an academic library with four unique campus locations. The creation process begins with risk assessments of all four libraries, creating a team to write the plan, writing the plan and implementation and training for faculty and staff. The policies were written by a committee of five and included at least one representative from each campus.

Author Biography

Allison Galloup isthe Special Collections and Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of North Georgia. She previously worked as a Processing Archivist at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library where she processed genealogical collections and collections from scholars such as Asa G. Hilliard, III and C. Eric Lincoln. She is a Certified Archivist who holds an MLIS from the University of South Carolina and a BA in History from Berry College. She is currently serving on the Board of the Society of Georgia Archivists and has previously served as a member of the Steering Committee for the Society of Georgia Archivists’ Issues and Advocacy Roundtable.

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One Plan, Four Libraries: A Case Study in Disaster Planning for a Four-Campus Academic Institution

The University of North Georgia, a recently consolidated university, has four libraries of varying sizes with different types of collections – ranging from libraries with larger sized book collections to libraries that rely on electronic resources. In addition to the differences in size and collections, the libraries also face the challenge of distance. This chapter follows the creation of an emergency plan, a recovery plan, and a continuity of operations plan for an academic library with four unique campus locations. The creation process begins with risk assessments of all four libraries, creating a team to write the plan, writing the plan and implementation and training for faculty and staff. The policies were written by a committee of five and included at least one representative from each campus.