Vol. 2 No. 1 (2017)
Articles

Plan of action: A library’s journey to training for emergencies and disasters

Chris Sharpe
Kennesaw State University
Published September 18, 2017
Keywords
  • Emergencies, disasters, training, preparedness, exercises, drills, tabletops, simulations, crisis coordinators, Kennesaw State University
How to Cite
Sharpe, C. (2017). Plan of action: A library’s journey to training for emergencies and disasters. Journal of New Librarianship, 2(1), 38-55. https://doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/2/3

Abstract

Although the importance of emergency training in libraries has been mentioned in articles and books, there is a lack of attention focused on how to develop and to maintain an emergency management training program for personnel. This case study of Kennesaw State University Library System shows how the library staff has been involved in developing a preparedness and training culture at its library, campus, and home community. Training methods include tabletops, drills, and simulations to practice and review emergency procedures. The goal of this article is to encourage libraries to start their own emergency training program.