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MRG: Facilities & Disaster Planning

These sources are for my ongoing Management Resource Guide (MRG) project for LIS 2700.  The fifth topic is facilities management and disaster planning.

I have some knowledge about facilities management in general since I’ve worked previously for a campus facilities management unit and I was also the go-to person for facilities management issues in my previous job as middle manager in a bookstore.  My resources focus more on disaster and emergency planning since those issues are a gap in my knowledge.  The library journal article I found is extremely helpful in covering the process of writing a disaster plan. The management article focuses more on actual physical space planning in a university or college, and I found it relevant since I’d like to work in an academic library.  My other resources are a mix of facilities management and disaster planning.

Book chapter
Evans, G.E. & Ward, P.L. (2007). Managing and Planning Physical Facilities for Information Services.  Management Basics for Information Professionals (pp. 481-502).  New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Ltd.

Professional library journal article
Fleischer, S.V. & Heppner, M.J. (2009). Disaster Planning for Libraries and Archives: What You Need to Know and How to Do It. Library & Archival Security, 22(2), 125-140.  DOI: 10.1080/01960070902904167.

This is an extensive and informative article that comes from the authors’ first-hand experience with creating a disaster plan and it shows: the information provided and the advice they give is detailed  but explained in easy-to-understand language.  Gives step-by-step instructions for writing the plan, from initiation with a proposal in which the benefits of having a plan are explained, to making sure to have staff members from every department represented on a Disaster Plan Team.  They break the process of writing a plan into three phases: information gathering, creating and implementing the plan, and training staff and maintaining the plan.  They include a lot of helpful questions to ask during the information gathering phase and while they may not be comprehensive, there’s a lot there to stimulate brainstorming on a Disaster Plan Team.

Professional management journal article
Rudden, M.S. (2010). Five recession-driven strategies for planning and managing campus facilities: facing significant fiscal challenges, colleges and universities are pursuing creative and innovative facilities planning and management strategies.  Planning for Higher Education, 39(1), 5-17.

Covers ways of cutting costs with the management and planning for facilities at academic institutions.  Ideas included are defer any capital projects such as construction; maximize use of existing facilities in various ways including offering more evening and weekend classes; increase blended learning courses; increase sustainability; and adapt and incorporate emerging technologies.

Library sites, policies, and procedures

Other resources

  • Space Planning resources from OCLC WebJunction, includes slideshows, policy pages, and more
  • Prepare and Respond, an OCLC WebJunction webinar and resources on partnering with local emergency management
  • Disaster and Planning for Libraries: Maine State Library, resources and guidelines
  • A bibliography of sorts from WebJunction again, though the authorship is unclear.  Includes recommended books, articles, presentations, OSHA resources for libraries, links to libraries’ facilities plans, capital projects, green design, user-centered design and more!
  • Green Libraries LibGuide from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, includes various case studies and resources for libraries “going green”

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