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Running head: DRP & BCP of Wilmington University Library 1 Introduction Design of the plan Overview The Wilmington University Library is at the center of every research process and learning activity partaken within the confines of the institution. Therefore, the importance of the library services across the 14 learning locations as well as online cannot be put at risk of termination even for the shortest time one can think off. In this regard, having a disaster recovery plan and a business continuity plan is paramount, even for a non-profit institution like Wilmington University. In developing a disaster recovery plan, it is important to accept that the company may be unable to foresee all possible sources of disaster, or even the full effect of any disaster that should occur. Therefore, having contingencies planned for could yet prove to be very prudent. The focus should be to ensure the library can withstand and or recover from most of the potential disasters, while also limiting the duration of forecasted down time due to the disaster. While planning for disasters is adorable, being able to remain firmly operational all the time is of even more importance. The library staff must be able to continuously come up with ways to optimize the use of the university library system both in times of disaster and those without. Offering an uninterrupted all-year operations schedule should be the ultimate goal. Just like business strategies set out the means towards the attainment of predetermined objectives, having a library operations continuity plan would increase the ability of the university library staff to foresee and adjust to potential disruptions in library services. This makes it easier to handle such situations. Further, the decentralized nature of the library facilities demand proper planning to ensure continuity in operations, as the risks of stalling operations is substantial. This may be achieved by observing the steps discussed herein. Purpose The practice of business continuity planning is a necessary, but unwanted practice, as it essentially acknowledges that the organization is susceptible to a future disaster. The prevalence of natural and human-induced disasters do emphasize the numerous challenges an organization may face when attempting to pull off a seamless post-disaster recovery. Since such unwanted situations rarely gives management a heads up of their occurrence, having a business continuity action plan is therefore not an option anymore.
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Running head: DRP & BCP of Wilmington University Library 2 Admittedly, the plans may substantially fail to help navigate turbulent organization conditions without disrupting operations, but the cost of not having one is an unthinkable risk. The very survival of an organization may as well depend on the effectiveness in formulation and implementation of the business continuity plan. Business continuity planning does not just involve for-profit organizations, as they target to guarantee the least disruption of an entity’s ordinary activity in the event of any disaster. Ideally, it is
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