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Pandemic perspective

How an outbreak could affect libraries

Abstract

We do not know when a pandemic will break out. It is a useful exercise to consider the effects of a pandemic on library operations. Avian flu could break out in Asia and spread worldwide. Adequate supplies of vaccines might not be available. Libraries could be shut down for lengthy periods. The risk of vandalism to library facilities could increase. Layoffs could occur. Electronic resources could keep libraries in operation. Exercise, hand washing, and maintaining good health can ward off illness.

Keywords

Pandemic

Outbreak

Avian flu

Influenza

Vaccines

Library closures

Security risks

Vandalism

Layoffs

Clean teams

Hand washing

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