This course defines and describes continuity of operations (COOP) planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan in case of emergencies. This course also provides a one-page continuity plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.
This course was developed by Dan Wilson, Associate Director for Collections & Library Services / School of Nursing Librarian, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia. Dan is the former coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Emergency Preparedness Initiative.
Note: After reviewing the information on this page, please be sure to complete the pre-course evaluation on the next page before continuing with the course.
This course is divided into the following sections:
Use the Next and Back buttons at the bottom of the page to move through the course. It should take you about one hour to complete the course. Each section contains a single page of content and activities that help reinforce topics covered. For more information on additional ways to navigate the course, see the "Getting Around" section below.
Each section includes key points, which are the most critical take-home messages of the material.
Throughout this course, the National Library of Medicine® will be referred to using the acronym NLM and the Disaster Information Management Research Center will be called NLM Disaster Health.
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After completing this course, you will be able to:
With further training and practice, you will be ready to:
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