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.
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
- Upper Dublin Public Library (PA) has a public facilities plan for the construction of a new facility
- The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s facilities projects and policies page for existing facilities
- Disaster Plan, Livonia Public Library. Includes a bomb threat report form.
- Proactive Pandemic Policy from the J.V. Fletcher Library of Westford, Mass.
- Putnam Valley Library (NY) Emergency Procedures
- 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”