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Libraries have always played a special role in times of disaster by continuing to provide crucial information and services. The Stafford Act of 2011, a federal government directive, designates libraries as among the temporary facilities delivering essential services, making a Continuity of Operations Plan imperative for libraries. Peppered with inf...
A library service model that provides reference and instructional services by summoning reference librarians from a single service point is described. The system utilizes Libraryh3lp, an open-source, multioperator instant messaging system. The selection and refinement of this solution and technical challenges encountered are explored, as is the des...
Enabling health sciences libraries to face emergencies with minimal loss of service continuity for their library patrons is a key initiative of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). Dan Wilson and Susan Yowell from the University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library were funded by NN/LM to coordinate the development of...
In an effort to help raise awareness about the need for disaster planning in health sciences libraries, emergency response planners at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia considered how best to promote the idea and provide a forum for gathering and exchanging information, while maintaining control over content in...