Disaster Management Plan - Salvage Priorities

Setting salvage priorities is not necessary for disasters in which the extent of damage is small and all damaged items can receive treatment. If damage is widespread, however, it is useful to have pre-established guidelines indicating the order of priority in which various parts of the Libraries collections should receive attention. 

Special collections should receive top priority. Most special collection items are of prime research as well as significant monetary value and would be difficult or impossible to replicate or replace. The Russell and Hargrett libraries are in the process of establishing priorities within their holdings, and it is recommended that similar priorities be established for the Peabody collection. 

The Libraries' general book collections occupy the next level of priority. They contain significant research resources, some of which are also irreplaceable. While it is not possible to assign priorities to general collections materials on a title-by-title basis, bibliographers should be involved in an emergency to identify areas of the general collections that may contain a high proportion of valuable or scarce materials. 

Collection of materials in which most items can be replaced should receive the lowest priority and should not be considered for salvage unless no other items are damaged and replacement funds are not available. Current periodicals, commercially produced audio-visual material, and use copy microforms fall into this category.