My apologies for cross-posting but if any federal or military libraries have experience with this we’d appreciate the opportunity to talk to you. Many thanks in advance for your time.
Hi Greta –
We are preparing our Library Disaster Plan and are using a template that other libraries (academic and public) have used. Our examples include libraries that list two resources for disaster assistance:
· WESTPAS: http://westpas.org/assistance.html
· California Preservation Program: http://calpreservation.org/cpp/
Each of these assistance organizations offer training courses, disaster assistance (number to call for advice if there is a library collection disaster) and consulting services. It appears that most services are free. In the case of Cal Preservation:
The California Preservation Program assists all kinds of cultural institutions in the event of a disaster via phone and email. If you need someone to come onsite, in most cases that would be charged at our daily rate plus any expenses (ca $1500). Most times we can be assistance for free over the phone. Barclay Ogden is at UC Berkeley library and could be onsite relatively quickly. I am in San Diego. We may be able to get other local people to you quickly.
I asked our contracting office if we were allowed to use these services as a federal, military library. I am not sure if we accept the free services, or how we would pay for services with a fee. I also did not know if any type of formal, written agreements need to be in place.
I was asked if other federal (especially military) libraries used these or other similar services (east coast version of WESTPAS or other state resources)? Is there a way you can post my question to your network to see if anyone has experience/knowledge that would help us?
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