A crisis for the library can take many forms: Pandemic, Natural Disaster, Crime, Civil Unrest, and even Personnel Problems and Community Disagreement. What are the policies that a board can put in place to prepare for the onset of a period when "Normal" is no longer available? How can a board and director communicate, manage staff, care for facilities, communicate with the community and even keep the checkbook available during a disaster? What are the legal obligations of the library during a crisis? What are the possible liabilities? As the governing bodies of public libraries, trustees have an obligation to make plans for handling the affairs of a library during a crisis, including ensuring that the director is informed and empowered. This session will provide a checklist of policies and preparations to assist boards in understanding and managing events that disrupt normal libray operations.
Upon completion, participant will be able to revise their existing preparedness plans to be prepared to respond to a variety of emergencies.
Upon completion, participant will be able to identify their own role and responsibilities in an emergency and how their actions affect the ability of others to complete their own responsibilities.
Upon completion, participant will be able to develop institutional knowledge of emergency response that can survive trustee and director succession and turnover.