In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning

Are you ready to serve your patrons if a disaster occurs? This course takes you through the steps of writing a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) necessary to ensuring that  your organization continues its essential functions during a wide range of emergencies. 

This course explains continuity of operations (COOP) planning and why it is important for libraries to have a continuity plan in case of emergencies. This course also provides a one-page COOP plan template with instructions that librarians or information specialists can use to develop their own plan.


  • What Is Continuity of Operations (COOP) Planning?
  • Identification of Mission Essential Functions
  • Human Capital / Order of Succession
  • Continuity Communications
  • Essential Records Management
  • Continuity Facilities / Reconstitution
  • Tests, Training, and Exercises
  • Devolution of Control and Direction
  • Pandemic Planning
  • Emotional Care During and After a Disaster

Learning Outcomes

 After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the function of a continuity of operations (COOP) plan
  • Identify your library’s mission essential functions
  • Create a one-page COOP draft

With further training and practice, you will be ready to:

  • Be prepared to provide continuity of operations during and after an event
  • Be a valuable information resource during disasters

MLA CE Credits: 3