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Disaster Information Specialist Program

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Specialist Program promotes the role of information specialists in the provision of disaster-related health information resources. The Program facilitates a network of information professionals and librarians ready to take on the role of "information responder" in their communities and organizations. It provides opportunities to enhance skills in supporting the disaster workforce through training classes, monthly webinars, and connections with others of similar interests.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) offers an MLA Disaster Information Specialization which is a mechanism for earning MLA continuing education credits and a certificate of achievement.

Training and Continuing Education (CE)

NLM Disaster Health offers free online training courses on accessing and using disaster health information, which can be taken for CE credit. See our training course page for a complete list of courses with descriptions.

Monthly Webinars

NLM Disaster Health holds webinars on the second Thursday of most months at 1:30 ET. The webinars are open to all and can be attended in person, online, or by telephone. You can find recordings of previous webinars and log-in information on our Disaster Information Specialist Webinars page.

You can earn Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education (CE) credit for watching the webinars (live or recorded).

Connecting with Others

Stay connected with like-minded professionals through email and social media:

  • DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Listserv
    Email discussion list to connect professionals interested in disaster health information. Topics include new resources, trends, training opportunities, conferences, etc.

  • Email Updates
    Announcements-only email service with news and updates about NLM Disaster Health resources, including the NLM emergency response tools WISER, CHEMM, and REMM.

  • @NLM_DIMRC on Twitter.
Publications About Libraries and Librarians in Disasters

See our Bibliography page for examples and stories about how librarians and libraries prepare for and respond to disasters.