Information Roles in Disaster Management
- Course Description
- Information Roles in Disaster Management
This class presents current research findings on librarians' roles supporting the disaster workforce. The class also discusses the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on class content through tabletop exercises that simulate disaster scenarios and interactive activities. Participants will also gain knowledge of a range of potential information services they could offer members of the disaster workforce.
- Course Developers
- Robin Featherstone, MLIS
Alberta Research Center for Health Evidence
Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB, Canada
- This class is offered at no cost. Completing this class earns three Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education (CE) credits. CE hours from this class may be used toward the MLA Disaster Information Specialization Program document of completion at the Basic Level.
To obtain a certificate showing that you have completed this class, please register using the registration form and select the class you have completed from the dropdown menu. You will receive an email with a link to the Continuing Education survey from the Medical Library Association. After completing the survey, you will be able to print or download your class certificate. This certificate is the only record of your class completion. You will need to retain a copy of the certificate to include in your application for the MLA Disaster Information Specialization Basic Level document of completion.
- Course Resources
- To complete the class, please view the video lecture and read the course materials. You may find it helpful to review the handouts and presentation materials before watching the course. Complete homework activity 1 before watching the videocast.
- Information Roles in Disaster Management, Day 1, July 18, 2012 (57 minutes)
- Information Roles in Disaster Management, Day 2, July 19, 2012 (1 hour, 7 minutes)
- Information Roles in Disaster Management, Day 1, July 18, 2012 (27 slides, 10.2 MB)
- Information Roles in Disaster Management, Day 2, July 19, 2012 (36 slides, 7.4 MB)
Transcript of Live-Captioning of Videocast
- Information Roles in Disaster Management, Day 1, July 18, 2012 (PDF, 106 KB)
- Information Roles in Disaster Management, Day 2, July 19, 2012 (PDF, 122 KB)
Activity 1: Hazards Identification Checklist
- Complete activity 1 before watching the videocast for day 1.
- Activity 1 Exercise (MS Word)
Activity 2: Disaster Planning Interventions Exercise
- In preparation for activity 2, please read the following article: Auf der Heide E. The importance of evidence-based disaster planning. Ann Emerg Med 2006 Jan;47(1):34-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annemergmed.2005.05.009
- Activity 2 Exercise (MS Word)
Note: You only need to complete one of the table top exercises for your final homework.
Select a table top exercise based on the hazards you identified for your region.
If none of the hazards below are likely to occur in your region, select an exercise with a similar warning time to a likely hazard in your community:
- Hurricane = more warning time (MS Word)
- Tornado = little warning time (MS Word)
- Earthquake = no warning time (MS Word)
Enter the email subject line as your last name_DIS_Homework
- Materials for Instructors
- Classroom Course Materials
- About the Disaster Information Specialization Certificate
- The Medical Library Association (MLA) awards a Basic or Advanced certificate for completion of courses and other activities as part of the Disaster Information Specialization Program. Courses and activities that meet the requirements for a certificate are outlined in the Disaster Information Model Curriculum. Completing the course Information Roles in Disaster Management earns three hours of MLA continuing education credit which may be used towards the Basic certificate. See Registration for details on documenting your completion of this class.
- This course was developed in 2012 as part of a Medical Library Association project (contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P) funded by the National Library of Medicine.