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Online Disaster Preparedness Conference

posted Feb 15, 2011, 1:25 PM by Icon Library

I am part of the Disaster Outreach group that is sponsored by NLM. There is an online conference coming up at the end of the month that will be on March 29-30th in Maryland but they are going to make at least part of available online. If you are at all interested in Librarians or Libraries role in planning, supporting, or direct involvement in a disaster situation, this would be a good opportunity to learn more without leaving the comfort of your library!

If you have questions, you can contact me.




The Disaster Information Outreach Symposium for and about information professionals meeting disaster information needs will be March 29-30, 2011. This free event will be held at the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Presentations will feature research results, project reports, and personal experiences of librarians active in managing health information and other library resources to improve disaster outcomes. Librarians' actions in response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak, the Haiti earthquake, major U.S. hurricanes, and local emergency events will illustrate practical ways to be involved. Speakers will discuss the online resources, communications, social media, and NLM programs that support responders' abilities to make well-informed decisions and communicate health messages to the public.

There will be updates on the development of disaster information competencies and a new disaster information specialization being developed by the Medical Library Association. The symposium will be a great opportunity to network with like-minded information, disaster medicine, public health and emergency management professionals and learn more about disaster information outreach.

For more information and to register, please visit

http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/symposium2011.html. Seating for this event is nearly to capacity, so I'd encourage you to register soon.

For those unable to attend in person, the Disaster Information Outreach Symposium will be videocast. While advance registration is required to attend the symposium, it is not necessary to register in order to view the videocast. Please see

http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=9836 for day 1 and http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=9837 for day 2. Prior to the event, you may wish to visit the Web site and click "Player Software" near the top of the page to download the software necessary to view the program. A recording will be archived for later viewing following the symposium.

To receive updates on the symposium and news on other disaster information outreach-related resources, you may also wish to join our DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB listserv at


Cara Breeden, MLS

Aquilent, Inc., supporting the mission of the Disaster Information Management Research Center Specialized Information Services Division National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD 20892-5467


Join us for the Disaster Information Outreach Symposium: March 29-30, 2011