Academic Libraries' Emergency Plans for Inclement Weather

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Information was elicited from nearly 400 library deans and directors at academic institutions across the U.S. as to their institutional procedures for library closings due to inclement weather. Statistical breakouts of institutional characteristics (enrollment, composition of the student body, geographical location, and type of institutions), availability of emergency plans, decision-making for library emergency closing, methods of informing the employees, services provided in case of inclement weather and so on are presented in the form of tables. The study recommends some common guidelines for the academic library community and ideas for further research on this topic.