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Disaster Planning for Libraries by Guy Robertson

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Libraries and risk

Abstract

Risk is a constant feature of life. Librarians have often relied on others – including first responders, public health authorities and consultants – to help them prepare for and respond to risk. Many libraries lack effective disaster plans, which should cover the broad spectrum of risks: natural, technological, human-caused, proximity, security and enterprise. Human nature, exemplified by apathy, carelessness and inattention, can hinder planning efforts.

Keywords

risk
perils
risk management
risk profile
natural risks
technological risks
human-caused risks
security risks
proximity risks
enterprise risks

1.1. The prevalence of risk

Risk pervades life.
Everywhere, and at all times, you live under threat from numerous ...

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