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Disaster Planning for Libraries by Guy Robertson

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Damage assessment

Abstract

Damage assessment comprises a series of steps including observation, evaluation, prioritization and recordkeeping. These steps are essential for a full assessment of the damaged caused by a disaster, large or small. Libraries might be obliged to rely on external as well as internal assessors. In many instances librarians will be required to perform ‘biblio-triage’, which involves the examination of damaged books and other media and the decision either to repair or discard particular items. Accurate assessment is the foundation of all subsequent disaster remediation. Inaccurate or incomplete assessment might lead to future problems. The physical safety of all people at or near a damaged library is the first priority. ...

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