Has the press been writing about, say, earthquake or flood risks in your area? If you’re a librarian, think the worst and within the limits of budget prepare accordingly. Ideally librarians can do a better job of anticipating risks than the White House did in advocating reductions in flood-control money.
Nuclear risks for LOC
Here in the Washington, D.C., area, how about a nuke from al-Qaeda? If terrorists take out the Capitol and surroundings, the Library of Congress most likely would be hit as well, at least if the bomb is more than a mere “dirty nuke.” A risk assessment document from LOC is hardly reassuring. Remember, Warren Buffett says nuclear terorism is a very real threat.
The Bono angle
Not to be morbid, but that’s one more argument for digitizing our cultural treasures–and also for rolling back the Hollywood-bought Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act to aid preservation. Both major political parties are Bono villains, but, as those positioning themselves as champions of The Long Term, “populist” Democrats have special reason to stop wimping out.