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Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization

The Medical Library Association (MLA) offers a Disaster Information Specialization document of completion that recognizes the achievement of anyone who completes required courses and other activities in compliance with the NLM Disaster Information Model Curriculum. Achievement is recognized at either a basic or advanced level. MLA suggests that this achievement be added to resumes and curriculum vitae as an educational and professional accomplishment.

The MLA Disaster Information Specialization home page provides information about applying for the specialization document of completion. Both MLA members and non-members may submit an application and processing fee to MLA in order to obtain this documentation of their educational effort.

Required and optional courses are available online at no cost from the NLM Disaster Information Specialist Program, a program of the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC).

DIMRC contracted with MLA in 2010-12 for initial development of a continuing education program that included a curriculum, courses, and a process for documenting educational effort. Since 2013, MLA offers the document of completion. NLM is providing the courses and other activities that allow participants to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support the information needs of their institutions and communities in times of disaster or public health emergencies.

The NLM courses and MLA document of completion are available to librarians, informationists and library staff as well as to workers from other professions (medical, nursing, first response, environmental health, emergency planning, etc.) who may play a role in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.