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A Preliminary Study of Indonesian Academic Libraries Digital Disaster Preparedness

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Academic libraries are one of the vital institutions that collect and manage the intellectual and cultural output of human beings, both in print and digital forms. Along with the growth of digital collections, the threats to or vulnerability of those collections are also increasing. This paper aims to describe the digital disaster preparedness measures implemented by respondent academic libraries in Indonesia that participated in the study. The study was conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia. The finding shows that even though libraries have taken steps to protect their digital data and collections, most of the libraries that participated in this study do not have a written digital disaster preparedness policy and had never conducted a risk analysis of the potential for digital disasters in their institutions. This research recommends that the libraries need to do a risk assessment first to prevent and manage any potential disaster.

Corresponding author: Yeni Budi Rachman, Department of Library and Information Science, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia, E-mail:

Funding source: DRPM Universitas Indonesia

Award Identifier / Grant number: NKB-0212/UN2.R3.1/HKP.05.00/2019R


This work is supported by Hibah Penugasan Q1Q2 funded by DRPM Universitas Indonesia 2019. Grant number NKB-0212/UN2.R3.1/HKP.05.00/2019R

Appendix Survey Form

This survey form was distributed and filled out in Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian Language).

  1. Regional/City Name.

  2. What type of holdings (collections) does your library have?

  3. Please describe the quantity of the collections in digital and print formats (in percentage).

  4. What is the type of digital collections in your library?

  5. What kind of digital collections does your library have?

  6. Does your library conduct back up activity for its digital holdings?

  7. How does the library keep their digital back-up files?

  8. Please describe computer availability and use at the library.

  9. Plese describe hardware and software protection for the library.

  10. What kind of electrical power supply does your library have?

  11. Does your library regularly check its power supply?

  12. Has your library ever experienced a digital disaster? Please describe.

  13. Has your library ever conducted any digital disaster risk analysis?

  14. Does your library have insurance for digital collection protection?

  15. Please describe any possible digital disaster which might have occurred to your library.

  16. Is your library able to identify vital collections? Please describe.

  17. Does your library have a digital disaster preparadness policy?

  18. Does your library have guidelines and standard operating procedures for digital preservation?

  19. Does your library have a special budget for digital preservation?


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Published Online: 2021-02-10
Published in Print: 2021-02-26

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