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Kelvin Smith Library Disaster Plan

General Introduction

updated 11/2016

The Kelvin Smith Library Emergency Response and Disaster Response and Recovery Plan was first developed by the Conservation Committee in 1986-87. It continues to be modified and updated on a regular basis by Preservation, a unit of the Scholarly Resources and Special Collections Team. The Disaster Plan is tailored for use in Kelvin Smith Library, and includes Kelvin Smith Library, Music Library, and Astronomy Library.

In a disaster situation, after the safety of all library staff and patrons is assured, the preservation of the library facility and its collections becomes the highest priority. If Kelvin Smith Library ever experiences a disaster, this Plan will be put into effect and will help:

  • Provide for the personal safety of all present in the library
  • Maximize order and efficiency in responding to the disaster
  • Mobilize the library staff so that all willing staff can participate in recovery operations.
  • Make best use of limited time (which is of the utmost importance in disasters involving wet books)
  • Minimize the amount of time that library services will be unavailable to patrons.

Earlier versions of this disaster plan were successfully used as the basis for implementing the recovery/salvage procedures for papers, records, books, and art works following the Adelbert Hall Fire in 1991 and also in the salvage of valuable water-damaged books following the flooding of Allen Memorial Library's Dittrick Museum rare book room in 1992. It has been used at least once a year to help with recoveries from small-scale disasters occurring at Kelvin Smith Library, campus libraries, other campus buildings, or University Circle cultural institutions.

The plan provides a clear list of procedures to follow and the names, phone numbers, and locations of necessary resources and services, minimizing any panic and confusion about how to proceed.

This plan serves as a primary tool in ensuring the safety of library occupants and in the fastest possible successful recovery from emergency situations. The Emergency Procedures portion of the plan is taken from CWRU's Emergency Preparedness Plan and has added information specific for Kelvin Smith Library.


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