Short Communication: Towards Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Planning Procedures for Libraries: A Survey of Staff and Users of the Balme Library, University of Ghana

  • Sarah Adinku Balme Library, University of Ghana, P. O. Box 24, Legon, Ghana


This paper presents the findings of a survey conducted on the Balme Library, University of Ghana. The survey measured such variables as the level of awareness and issues of education and training in order to underscore the relevance of having disaster recovery plans in libraries. The main findings include the presence of fire and water hazards; absence of disaster recovery plan for the library; staff and users did not have any training in the use of fire extinguisher and what to do during emergencies. The paper concludes with important suggestions for the development of disaster recovery plans for the library and other similar libraries. These include training and education of staff and users; promoting co-operation between related ministries and among similar libraries; and acquisition of some important supplies, materials and facilities.
Afr. J. Lib. Arch. & Inf. Sc. Vol.15(1) 2005: 75-79

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