NN/LM Disaster Communication Summit

The NN/LM is offering a 3-part Disaster Communication Summit on March 7-8, 2013.  Participants may register for one, two, or all sessions as desired.  All sessions will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

Part 1: The Thursday morning program will feature speakers from libraries and the emergency planning community on roles libraries/librarians can play before, during, and after a disaster, focusing on communication strategies. There will be networking opportunities with NN/LM, DIMRC (NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center), and the emergency planning community.

Part 2: CE Class: U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies – provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the U.S, with an emphasis on medical response. To determine where disaster information specialists might best fit into the US framework for disaster/emergency response, it is necessary to start with shared understanding of terminology, concepts, legislation, organizations, and lessons learned from previous incidents. The class describes efforts to provide structure and order before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Changes over time in legislation and the US framework for disaster/emergency response are discussed using examples from 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake. This course is a required class for the Disaster Information Specialization (DIS) Program and participants will earn 3 MLA CE contact hours for the DIS program.

Part 3: Dan Wilson will lead a hands-on workshop with take-away tools for improving your library’s readiness, including a one-page service continuity plan. Content will include assessing the risks for disasters and emergencies in your local area and determining what library services and collections would have the highest priority during an emergency situation.

Register for sessions or see more details on the NN/LM training opportunities page!


2013 Midwest MLA website is up!

The Midwest Chapter/Medical Library Association Annual Chapter Meeting will be held in East Peoria, IL from October 4 – 8, 2013.

At Midwest 2013, participants will focus on Navigating a River of Information, appropriately accompanied by the scenic Illinois River that the East Peoria Embassy Suites East Peoria – Hotel & River Front Conference Center overlooks.  

The conference keynote speaker is Michelle Kraft, Senior Medical Librarian at the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library and author of the popular blog “The Krafty Librarian.” Michelle will present Emerging Technologies and the Evolving Library. Our plenary speaker is Sarah Houghton, Director for the San Rafael Public Library.  Sarah writes “The Librarian in Black,” a blog covering library web and digital services.  Sarah will present The Future of the Digital Library.

Registration and CE details to be announced, bookmark the conference website at http://hsli.org/midwestmla2013