Background and Mission Statement

SILDRN is a regional cooperative organization, formed in 1995 by California State University-San Marcos, San Diego Public Library, San Diego State University, Serra Cooperative Library System, University of California-San Diego, and University of San Diego.Its purpose is to provide mutual aid in preparing for and coping with disasters affecting libraries and their collections.

The network seeks to accomplish the following:

  • to assist member libraries in the development of their disaster and collection salvage plans.
  • to organize training and workshops to acquire the expertise needed to cope with disasters.
  • to acquire, on a cooperative basis, supplies and equipment to support the disaster preparedness and collection salvage efforts of member institutions.
  • to prepare and disseminate to any interested library, lists of preservation and disaster services, supplies & suppliers, resource people, and bibliographies on disaster preparedness and recovery.

The network is administered by a steering committee and is headquartered at the University of California, San Diego.  A Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA) grant from the California State Library, awarded for 1996-1997, partially supported training, regional supplies, and resource sharing.  Additional information can be obtained from the Preservation Unit, Geisel Library, UC San Diego.  Telephone: (858) 5822-0033; FAX: (858) 534-0189.