The aim of this dissertation is to achieve an overview of the theory and practice
of disaster control planning with particular reference to tropical countries and
with special reference to the National Library of Malaysia (NLM).
The methodology includes a literature review analysis and a case study of a
library where a disaster control plan is prepared.
Disasters that strike libraries are of three kinds: natural, Man-made and those
which are caused by negligence. There is a need for a disaster plan and the
library management should play a positive role in disaster planning to ensure its
NLM follows a preservation policy which includes planning the library
building, fIre detection/extinguishing systems, microillming of serials, disposal
of serials and conservation workshop. Protective measures are also undertaken
at NLM and they encompass preserving the holdings, security, housekeeping
and exhibition lending. Staff at NLM are trained and made aware of disasters
that might strike the library. Currently there is a disaster control plan for NLM.
A Disaster control plan compnses four key components: prevention,
preparedness, reaction and recovery.
Conclusions and recommendations are presented in general and for the NLM in
A Master's Dissertation, submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the award of the Master Of Science degree of Loughborough University.