A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
"A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders"
is an advanced course on how to work with local responders: public safety, fire/rescue,
public health department, local health care facilities, and emergency planners.
Libraries have a critical role to play in disaster preparation and recovery
(command centers, communication centers, Internet information centers for health
information, government updates, etc.) but need a seat at the table with the
right people, and they need to have something to offer. During and after a disaster
is not the time for libraries to learn how to work with local, state, and federal
responders. The time to build and develop these relationships is before a disaster
strikes. It is critical to have a seat at the table before, during, and after
a disaster. This session will cover the basics of initiating and developing
relationships with all relevant local, state, and federal officials and agencies
as well as with emergency responders. This course is an advanced class for the
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.
Upon completion of this course, participant will be able to:
- identify and understand the different roles played by local, state, and
federal government and associated entities;
- confidently and competently develop relationships that will lead to at
a seat at the table before, during, and after a disaster;
- understand the non traditional critical roles that a library should play
during a disaster; and
- use the toolkit provided to identify library competencies and stakeholder
needs in order to get a seat at the table.
Now (Available now)
Individuals can now register to view the original program on-demand.
Register, participate and earn 4 MLA CE contact hours. (After you register,
you will receive an email with the login information and details for earning
your certificate for participating.)
Resources for Course
Available on MLA's
Moodle site. To view, login as a guest. Please print off handouts and toolkit
before the course.
Diane Brown has been deputy state librarian at the State Library of Louisiana
since 2004. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the state library,
budget, statewide initiatives, and strategic planning. Prior to this position,
she served for thirteen years in a variety of positions at the Southeastern
Library Network (SOLINET, now called LYRASIS), the last one as director of library
programs. While at SOLINET, she was active in training, consulting, strategic
planning, and working with OCLC products and services. From 1977-1991, she worked
at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library in Chattanooga, Tennessee,
as a reference assistant, branch director, and then head of technical services.
She received her master's degree in library and information science from the
University of Tennessee and her bachelor of arts degree in English from the
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton earned
a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in library and information
science from Louisiana State University. Hamilton began her career in 1989 as
a library associate at the West Baton Rouge Parish Library. In 1996, she became
assistant director of the St. Mary Parish Library System and later assistant
director for the Audubon Regional Library System, the states only tri-parish
library system. In 2001, she accepted the position of executive director of
the St. Mary Parish Library system, and in 2003, Hamilton became associate state
librarian at the State Library of Louisiana (LSU).
In July of 2005, Hamilton was appointed state librarian by Lt. Governor Mitch
Landrieu. This appointment made her Louisiana's only fourth state librarian
in the agency's eighty-two year history and the youngest state librarian in
the nation. She was reappointed by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne in 2010. She works
with agencies and individuals at all levels of government to improve library
services statewide to the people of Louisiana.
Under her direction, the State Library of Louisiana underwent a total reorganization
to streamline operations and to identify efficiencies. This was done by overseeing
a work study of each department, by reviewing all internal processes and procedures,
by updating all job descriptions to make them modern and relevant, and by increasing
productivity and overall standards of service by the state library. In her first
year in office, Hamilton doubled the amount of state aid to public libraries,
the largest increase in the history of the program and the first increase in
20 years. She also oversaw the rebuilding of the state library's internal network
and backup systems, with virtually no additional resources, a 3-year project,
and as a result, during the storms of 2008, the state library never lost Internet
connectivity when all other offices in state government, including the state
library's parent Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, were without
Internet. She worked closely with SOLINET (now Lyrasis) to obtain a $12 million
grant to provide temporary library facilities after the storms in both Louisiana
and Mississippi. Since the beginning of her administration, the state library
has implemented a new interlibrary loan system for public libraries, added content
to the statewide databases, secured a line item in the annual budget for public
library training, and grown the annual Louisiana Book Festival to an attendance
of 26,000. This was done through 4 hurricanes, severe budget cuts, the recession,
staff retirements, and most recently the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but now the
state library is an efficient, high-performing, customer-driven agency.
In recent years, Hamilton has been appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the
Louisiana Folklife Commission, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission,
and the Louisiana State Reading Leadership Team. She has also served on the
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region Public Library
Advisory Committee and on the SOLINET Board of Directors. She has served as
a member and secretary of the State Board of Library Examiners, the body that
certifies Louisiana public library directors. Most recently, she was named one
of the most outstanding graduates of the LSU School of Library and Information
Science and, this year, received the Anthony Benoit Award for Outstanding Contributions
in Librarianship from the Louisiana Library Association. In November 2007, she
was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 in Baton Rouge by the Baton Rouge Business
For more information, contact Debra Cavanaugh,
email@example.com, 312.419.9094 x32.
This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P.