Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics provides a comprehensive
overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information
services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.
This case-based workshop will cover key sources from the National Library of
Medicine (NLM), federal and nonfederal agencies, and international organizations.
Tools for locating, organizing and disseminating disaster health information
will also be discussed. Suitable for medical and public librarians, this course
is a foundational class for the new Disaster Information Specialization program. This project is funded by a contract with the Disaster Information Management Research Center, Specialized Information Services Division, National Library of Medicine.
Now (Available now)
Indivduals can now register to view the original program "On-demand."
Register, participate and earn 3 MLA CE contact hours. (After you register,
you will receive an email with the login information and details for earning
your certificate for participating.)
Homework and Resources for Course
Here you will find links to Disaster Health Information (DHI) sources, and tools
for organizing and disseminating DHI. Available on MLA's
Moodle site. To view, login as a guest. For homework, participants are asked
to review the resources for the course available on MLA's Moodle Server. You
will need to complete this prior to completing the online evaluation.
Robin Featherstone recently accepted a position at McGill University's Life
Sciences Library and will assume the role of liaison librarian this October.
She has worked as a medical librarian at Montreal General Hospital (McGill University
Health Centre), the University of Western Ontario, and Yale University, where
she completed the second year of the National Library of Medicine's Associate
Fellowship Program. Featherstone is excited to combine her passion for teaching
with her research interest in libraries and disasters. She began her investigations
as an associate fellow at the National Library of Medicine, where she conducted
an oral history project on library roles in disaster response (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18974811).
Featherstone interviewed librarians from across the United States and Canada,
recording their stories of responding to hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes,
pandemics, man-made disasters, floods, and fires. With a desire to further understand
disaster information needs, she began a qualitative case series in 2009 of disaster
information provision to health care providers during the H1N1 pandemic. Preliminary
research findings have been presented at two major conferences, including the
Outreach: A Symposium for Information Professionals Meeting Disaster Health
Information Needs, and a manuscript has been submitted to the Journal of
the Medical Library Association. As an instructional librarian, for both McGill
University Health Centre and the University of Western Ontario, she has taught
more than sixty workshops on using health information (http://www.slideshare.net/featherr).
Featherstone has developed "Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics" to
be a practical introductory course, drawing on real-life cases and acknowledging
the unique challenges and opportunities encountered when providing disaster
All technical and audio information, including testing your system, will be provided after you register.
For more information, contact Debra Cavanaugh,
firstname.lastname@example.org, 312.419.9094 x32.
This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P.