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Before Disaster Strikes

Before Disaster Strikes: Developing an Emergency Procedures Manual

Submitter: Now, in our academic library, we have equipment in-house to use all of the media types that are still in the collection. (Yes, we even have a laser disc player), but I have yet to find the computer that still has a floppy drive. I’ll be sure to ask someone!

The actual information in the manual is likely still quite useful, but the contents list makes me cringe. There’s some media migration that needs to happen here…

Holly: Do you mean floppy disc like those giant original ones, or the 3″ ones from a few years ago? My library actually still has a USB floppy disk reader for use on our public computers, although it is rarely used. Even so, there are current materials on this subject that supersede this.  We’ve also learned a lot in this country from various disasters we have endured, and those lessons are not included here. Weed and replace!

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5 Responses to Before Disaster Strikes

  • There’s actually at least three sizes of floppy disks, the non-floppy 3″ ones, the somewhat floppy 5″ ones, and the, apparently, really floppy 8″ ones.

    • Here’s a size comparison of 8-inch, 5 1/4-inch, and 3 1/2-inch disks.

    • There were quite a number of them, see here, for example:

  • I have seen a Before Disaster Strikes 3rd edition (2005), which I would guess would be the later edition of this one. And there are tons of other great books which would be able to give better, more up-to-date info. Definitely should be weeded.

  • Our public library had computers with floppy drives until 3 months ago. Not that that would be an excuse to keep this book!