DISASTER PLANNING AND PREPAREDNESS
The Preservation Department oversees the administration of the Library's Disaster Plan Workbook in partnership with the Disaster Preparedness Committee (see list of membership below). Instructions in the workbook provide undamaging salvage methods for all types of library materials, including a list of supplies needed for each. Consultants, specialists, hardware stores and staff telephone trees are listed in appendices. Each floor of the Library is mapped and a priority list is provided for each collection. A full-scale disaster recovery operation is organized in the workbook and designed to make an emergency salvage operation quick and effective.
Note: Emergency procedures for evacuation of the building and for building-related accidents that do not involve library materials should be reported to the NYU Security Division (212/998-2222).
The Preservation Department maintains the staff telephone tree, or list, and changes to the list should be reported either to the department directly, or to the appropriate individual on the Disaster Preparedness Committee (see list below). The Preservation Department re-issues affected pages of the Disaster Plan Workbook as needed.
In addition, Preservation Department staff are available to advise on small scale emergencies and supply needs. These should be reported to the department by calling Paula De Stefano, Head, Preservation Department (212/998-2563); or, Laura McCann, Conservation Librarian (212/998-2562). Full-scale disasters involving the closing of the building follow separate procedures invoked by the Dean of Libraries.
Disaster Preparedness Committee
Paula DeStefano, Chair
Mary Jean Pavelsek