Continuity of Operations (Series)

Have a Plan.

  • 100-year floods that happen every other year.
  • Wildfires.
  • Pandemic(s).

What does it mean to provide “essential” services in the eyes of library administrators, and how is that likely to differ from the priorities of larger governmental umbrellas?

This two part series focuses on two things: developing a checklist for levels of service and putting together a plan to deal with things that aren’t as unusual as they used to be.


Jamie LaRue is the CEO of LaRue and Associates. Author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges, LaRue was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. From January of 2016 to November of 2018, he was director of the Freedom to Read Foundation, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. He has written, spoken, and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.