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Disaster Information Specialist Program

About the Disaster Information Specialist Program
Monthly Webinars/Conference Calls
Training and Continuing Education
Stay Connected
Additional Resources

About the Disaster Information Specialist Program
The Disaster Information Specialist Program is a collaborative effort to explore and promote the role of information specialists in the provision of disaster-related information resources to the workforce and communities.
Monthly Webinars/Conference Calls
A webinar/conference call for those interested in disaster health information is held on the second Thursday of most months at 1:30 ET. The Disaster Information Specialist Program monthly webinars/conference calls are open to all and can be attended in person, online, or by telephone. To receive announcements about the meetings, including connection information, please join our listserv.

Medical Library Association (MLA) continuing education credit is available for participating in, or watching the recording of, a monthly webinar/conference call. To obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing education credit, register with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Learning Management System at After registration, select the webinar from the course catalog. Complete the MLA-required “Continuing Education Evaluation Survey” and your certificate will be added to your Training History. Registration is only required for those interested in MLA CE credit.
Training and Continuing Education
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. Courses and activities that meet the requirements for a certificate are outlined in the Disaster Information Model Curriculum. MLA suggests that this achievement be added to resumes and curriculum vitae as an educational and professional accomplishment.
  • Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization
    The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) contracted with MLA to develop a series of continuing education courses on disaster information topics in support of a disaster information specialization for librarians and other interested professionals. The specialization is available at a Basic or Advanced level.
  • Disaster Information Model Curriculum
    The goal of the Disaster Information Model Curriculum is to develop the capacity of librarians and other interested professionals to support their institutions and communities throughout the disaster/emergency cycle of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The emphasis is on health information as a first priority for course content with other facets of disaster information as a second priority.
  • Disaster Information Training Courses & Resources
    Courses and training materials related to disaster health information, including courses that meet the requirements for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization.
Stay Connected
Stay connected through our email discussion list and through Twitter. DIMRC follows dozens of news sources and Twitter accounts to bring you the latest news and updates.
  • DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Listserv Listserv subscribe icon
    This email discussion forum is for librarians, information specialists, and other professionals interested in disaster health information outreach to their communities. As a participant in this listserv, you can stay informed about current disaster-related resources, connect to colleagues in the field, engage in information exchange and learn about new ideas, trends, training opportunities, and conferences in the area of disaster health information.
  • Email Updates Email Updates
    This is an announcements-only email service about DIMRC and DIMRC resources. It also includes funding opportunities for the NLM Disaster Health Information Outreach and Collaboration Projects and updates and news about NLM Emergency Response Tools - WISER, CHEMM and REMM.
    This Twitter account shares the latest updates from DIMRC as well as news and announcements from dozens of other disaster-related organizations using Twitter.
Additional Resources
Find additional information on librarians, libraries, and disasters below.
  • Librarians and Disasters
    Resources for and about librarians involved in providing disaster-related information, including a bibliography of literature and other resources on the role of librarians and other information professionals in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.
  • Disaster Health Information Outreach Projects
    NLM offers funding for disaster information outreach projects supporting collaboration between libraries/information centers and disaster-related organizations, and for public and other libraries to conduct community preparedness and disaster awareness events.
  • Disaster Information Outreach Symposium – 2011
    This symposium for information professionals meeting disaster health information needs was held March 29 – 30, 2011, at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, MD.