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Flood protection

Avoiding the wrong mix

Abstract

Water has always been a threat to library assets. The 2013 flood in Calgary, Alberta caused substantial damage to the community, and reminded librarians across North America of the risk to their institutions. Essential steps to protect libraries from flooding include risk identification, mitigation, the development of strategic alliances and safety measures, and the compilation of a postdisaster resumption plan. A sample tabletop exercise is included.

Keywords

Flood

Flooding

Water

Books

Library assets

Calgary

Mitigation

Resumption

Safety

Tabletop exercise

Water and books don’t mix. Nor do water and any other library asset. Hence librarians are wise to note that water can make an entrance ...

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