Volume 20, Number 1 January 2000
The impact of a library flood on computer operations
by Barbara Myles
Discusses recovery efforts taken after a water main break caused a
flood in the basement of the Boston Public Library. Reports that the
computer equipment consisted of 30 PCs, 16 printers, and a Novell
3.12 LAN, which were removed to a containment area for a few weeks
to dry out and be inspected by insurance company representatives.
Describes the problems that followed, including: motherboards that
appeared clean and dry, but failing a month later; the LAN causing
errors in another LAN; PCs that crashed; and the loss of all of the
installation diskettes in the flood. Says that eventually new
equipment was purchased and now the library has better technology
than before the flood. Lists some steps shared from the experience
that libraries can take to build a disaster recovery plan. Points
out that Year 2000 contingency plans can be generalized so they will
be appropriate for any disaster.
Includes one sidebar and a list of references.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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