Disaster recovery – a resource for all

WorkersSpread this far and wide: The Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Reference Center is  full of examples of what has been tried before in different parts of the world which have suffered natural disasters.

My search for earthquake recovery found lots of articles like Economic lessons of the Kobe earthquake. Another useful extract I found was Test drive your disaster recovery plan – which included tips from companies that had plans in place before Hurricane Katrina – and the changes they made after this event.

Most articles are .PDF files that can be downloaded or stored for later use. There are also detailed technical drawings for structural engineers, costings of repairing historic buildings and much more.

LogoSo, if your business or organisation doesn’t have a continuity or recovery plan, this resource will help you create one. If you want to investigate detailed urban planning, or other aspects of disaster recovery, this is where you can do it.  All you need is your library card number and PIN.

Bookshelves: Delving into the past or looking to the future.

Pile of boksWhile reshelving my bookcases after the last aftershock I stopped to look at the books I have collected over the years and realised that they reflect stories from my life.

The books I had to read for my Russian Literature paper at University (a few quick “easy” credits apparently), sit beside the forays into feminist theory shackled up with Marilyn French’s The Women’s room, and it’s easy to remember which book was read avidly from cover to cover and which was cast aside!

The next decade had titles reflecting life as a mother – breastfeeding, postnatal depression and the ever hopeful books that would inspire me to manage first the terrible twos and then the teenage years.

Scattered here can also be found various self-help titles promising eternal happiness and the perfect relationship. Looking back I remember books being my way of trying to make sense of all the changes in my life.  Recent years have seen the addition of craft, cookery books and more fiction with colourful jaunty covers than I probably would have bought in my 20s!

Our new BiblioCommons catalogue now gives the opportunity to keep a list of your own bookshelves, enabling you to keep track of what you have read but also giving an ideal space to keep lists of what you might like to read in the future.  You can also check out other people’s lists, follow readers who like the same books  and generally keep track of your bookshelves without having to pick them up after an earthquake!  Give it a go.