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Information Research: An International Electronic Journal, v21 n4 Dec 2016

Introduction: This paper reports the findings of a study of risk management in public libraries. The focus of the research was to determine whether the libraries had a risk management and disaster plan for major disasters. Method: A qualitative study was done to investigate risk management and disaster recovery in public libraries in South Australia. Seven personal interviews were conducted with library managers and librarians at four public libraries. Analysis: The qualitative results emerging from the interviews were analysed through hand coding using grounded theory. Results: Participants confused risk management and disaster recovery with the practice of work (occupational) health and safety. None of the participating libraries have a risk management or disaster plan. Conclusions: The library managers do not rate the risk of disaster as high, believing that their library is located in a low-risk disaster area. They also do not regard any part of their collections to be of great value. Loss of a collection is perceived as an opportunity to refresh that collection. The participants do not consider risk management and disaster recovery as an important part of their business. [Paper presented at the Information Seeking in Context (ISIC): The Information Behaviour Conference, Part 1 (11th, Zadar, Croatia, September 20-23, 2016).]

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Risk Management, Emergency Programs, Public Libraries, Pilot Projects, Crisis Management, Planning, Semi Structured Interviews, Administrator Attitudes, Librarian Attitudes, Coding, Grounded Theory, Misconceptions, Knowledge Level, Natural Disasters, Decision Making, Insurance, Occupational Safety and Health, Library Materials

Thomas D. Wilson. 9 Broomfield Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE, UK. Web site: http://informationr.net/ir

Autor: Velasquez, Diane L.; Evans, Nina; Kaeding, Joanne

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=229&id=EJ1123311

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