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Disaster Planning for Libraries by Guy Robertson

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Strategic alliances

Abstract

Librarians are wise to form strategic alliances with those individuals and organizations that can assist them to resume operations after a disaster. Those organizations will include vendors who can provide post-disaster moisture control, IT equipment, and services related to communications and transportation. Alliances should be clearly described in documentation that can include contracts, letters of agreement and pricing information. Such documentation should be updated regularly. Librarians interviewed believe that strategic alliances are invaluable for resumption and continuity purposes. In addition, alliances provide better levels of post-disaster safety and security for library employees. For example, moving ...

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