Print Resources

Alire, Camila, ed. Library Disaster Planning and Recovery Handbook NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc © 2000

Drewes, Jeanne M. Managing Editor Risk and Insurance Management Manual for Libraries Chicago: ALA © 2005

England, Claire and Karen Evans. Disaster Management for Libraries: Planning and Process. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association © 1988.

Fortson, Judith. Disaster Planning and Recovery: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians and Archivists.  How-to-do-it Manuals for Libraries no.11. Edited by Bill Katz. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. © 1992.

Gilderson-Duwe, Caroline, compiler. Disaster Recovery Supplies & Suppliers. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Preservation Program (WISPPR) © 1995

Halstead, Deborah D. Richard P Jasper and Felicia M Little Disaster Planning: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians and Archivists # 129 New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2005

Higginbotham, Barbra Buckner “Practical Preservation Practice – Managing Emergencies: Small Construction Projects” Technicalities v.16 no.9 (October 1996) p1, 12-14.

Kahn, Miriam. “Mastering Disasters: Emergency Planning for Libraries” Library Journal 118, no.21 (December 1993): 73-75.

—        ONLINE Vol.18 no.3 (May 1994):18-24.

—. First Steps for Handling & Drying Water Damaged Materials Columbus, OH: MBK Consulting © 1994.

— and Karen Benedict. Business First. (October 17, 1994) p32.

—. Disaster Response and Prevention for Computers and Data. Columbus, OH: MBK Consulting © 1994.

—. Disaster Response and Planning for Libraries Chicago & London: American Library Association, 1998 2nd Edition 2003, 3rd Edition, 2012.

Laye, John Avoiding Disaster: How to keep your business going when catastrophe strikes NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2002

Layne Consultants International Cultural Property Protection Manual Denver, CO: Layne Consultants International 1999 rev 2002 (1285 Hudson St, Denver CO )

New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research MaterialsDisaster Preparedness: Planning Resource Packet and Environmental Controls Resource Packet Albany, NY: The University of the State of New York, The State Education Department, The New York State Program for the Conservation and Preservation of Library Research Materials © 1988. (ordering information from the NY State Library is available

Nyberg, Sandra. “The Invasion of the Giant Mold Spore” SOLINET Preservation Program, Leaflet no. 5, November 1987


Price, Lois Olcott. “Mold” Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts. Technical Series No. 1. Philadelphia, PA  19103. (supersedes “Invasion of the Giant Spore” with updated information) now available online at select publications.

A Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management, and Response: Paper-Based Materials. Selected reprints issued by Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and Records Administration, Library of Congress, and National Park Service. Distributed by the participating agencies © 1994 now available online at

Or at:

Reilly, James M., Douglas W. Nishimura and Edward Zinn “New Tools for Preservation: Assessing Long-Term Environmental Effects on Library and Archives Collections” Washington, D.C.: Commission on Preservation and Access 1995.

Todaro, Julie. Emergency Preparedness for Libraries. Lanham MD: Government Institutes, an imprint of Scarecrow Press, Inc, 2009.

U.S. Dept. Transportation Emergency Response Guidebook 2012: A Guidebook for First Responders During the Initial Phase of a Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Transportation IncidentU.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), Transport Canada (TC), and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico (SCT), 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers. Washington, D.C.: Superintendent of Documents December 1991.

—-. Building Air Quality Action Plan, 1998

Walsh, Betty. “Salvage of Water-Damaged Archival Collections: Salvage at a Glance.” Western Association for Art Conservation Newsletter Vol.10, no.2 (May 1988): 2-5. available at

—-. “Salvage Operations for Water Damaged Archival Collections: A Second Glance” Western Association for Art Conservation Newsletter Volume 19, Number 2 (May 1997) available

—-. “Salvage at a Glance” the recovery decision chart that goes with the articles above. Available at

Wiener, Judith A. “The Element of Surprise: Preparing for the Possibility of Hazardous Material within Archival Collections.” Journal of Archival Organization, 2007, Vol. 5 Issue 4, p33-49.

Wellheiser, Johanna G.  and Jude Scott  An Ounce of Prevention: A Handbook on Disaster Contingency Planning for Archives, Libraries and Record Centres. 2nd edition Lanham, MD & London: The Scarecrow Press Inc and Canadian Archives Foundation © 2002

Security Issues

Blythe, Bruce T. Blindsided: A Manager’s Guide to Catastrophic Incidents in the Workplace NY: Portfolio / Penguin Group © 2002

Cravey, Pamela Protecting Library Staff, Users, Collections, and Facilities A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians NY: Neal-Schuman ©2001

Management of Library & Archival Security: From the Outside Looking In Edited by Robert K. O’Neill NY: Haworth Press Inc © 1998

Shuman, Bruce A. Library Security and Safety Handbook: Prevention, Policies, and ProceduresChicago, IL: ALA © 1999

Switzer, Teri R. Safe at Work? Library Security and Safety Issues Lanham MD: Scarecrow Press © 1999

Trade Journals

Disaster Recovery Journal

Contingency Planning and Management

Continuity Magazine

Homeland Defense Journal

Internet Resources

NYC Department of Health  Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments

National Parks Service. Museum Management Program Dept. of the Interior with Smithsonian Institution and National Archives. Primer on Disaster Preparedness, Management & Response1993

National Parks Service. Museum Management Program. Dept. of the Interior. Museum Handbook 1990

National Park Service – Museum Programs – Conserv-O-Grams

Nyberg, Sandra “Invasion of the Giant Spore” SOLINET Preservation leaflet November 1987

Florence 30 years after the Flood (pictures, photos, and stories of the conservation efforts during the Flood and afterward)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Emergency Management Guide For Business & Industry. Washington, DC: FEMA © 1996.

ALA’s Disaster Preparedness Clearinghouse (links to organizations and bibliographies)

Heritage (Preservation) Emergency National Task Force (publications on preservation and disaster response for cultural heritage)

CoOL: Conservation OnLine Resources for Conservation Professionals

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