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Title:Disaster preparedness in information centres in Gaborone, Botswana
Authors:Hlabaangani, KabeloISNI
Mnjama, NathanISNI
Periodical:African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science
Geographic term:Botswana
information management
Abstract:This study aimed to determine how information centres in Gaborone, Botswana are prepared for disasters. The information centres studied were the Botswana National Library Services, the Botswana National Archives and Records Services, academic libraries, special libraries and records management units in various government ministries and departments. Questionnaire, interviews and personal observations were the main instruments of data collection. The study revealed that information centres in Botswana were ill prepared for disasters. They lacked disaster preparedness plans, had inadequate policies and procedures, ill-equipped staff on disaster management, and absence of conservation and restoration facilities. The study recommends the formulation of specific disaster plans for all information centres, the training of information centre staff on disaster preparedness, and equipping of information centres with appropriate tools and resources. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]