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Disaster Information Specialization Program

 

The MLA Disaster Information Program developed by MLA and the National Library Medicine (NLM) is a continuing education program that provides participants the opportunity to expand their roles by offering training in providing access to information for disaster and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The Program offers an approved curriculum of courses and other educational activities that allow participants to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to support their institutions and communities in times of disaster or public health emergencies.

Upon completion, participants receive a document as informal acknowledgment of their educational effort. MLA contact hours earned through the Disaster Information Specialization Program may also be used for MLA's Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Details for courses are listed below. eLearning courses are offered on-demand and available at no cost to members and nonmembers.
eLearning Opportunities  
Upcoming Classroom-based Opportunities  
 
Program Goal Eligible participants
  • The goal of the Disaster Information Program 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.
  • Librarians, library staff, informationists and information professionals including those affiliated with medical, public, academic, special or any other types of libraries.
  • Disaster workforce including health professionals, allied health professionals, public health workers, first responders, emergency managers, community volunteers and others that play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
Levels and Requirements: Basic Level Advanced Level
  • The Basic Disaster Information Program is for those who desire a basic familiarity with disaster health information resources.
  • Basic level has 5 required courses. See the NLM Disaster Information Model Curriculum for more details.
  • Participants have three years to gather the contact hours needed to apply for the specialization.
  • Renewal requires an additional eight hours every 3 years.
  • The Advanced Disaster Information Program is for those who wish to gain additional training in disaster health information. Obtaining this more advanced level requires completion of 27 contact hours (Basic Level and an additional 12 hours at the Advanced Level) as outlined in the NLM Disaster Information Model Curriculum.
  • Participants have three years to gather the contact hours needed to apply for the specialization.
  • Renewal requires an additional eight hours every 3 years.
Completing Application
  • Participants complete required courses for Basic Level and an additional 12 contact hours if applying for the Advanced Level. (See NLM Disaster Information Model Curriculum for more details.)
  • Complete the application and attach certificates or other proof of completion for each course or activity submitted.
  • Fill out an Individual Participant Request (IPR) form for credit, if educational activity is not from the NLM Disaster Information Model Curriculum.
  • Send in the completed application, course documentation and application fee to MLA. If applicable, send in completed IPR form.
  • MLA will process the application and, on approval, send a document of completion recognizing the achievement.
Resources and Application Forms Other Resources

If you have any questions about the planning of the Disaster Information Specialization program, please do not hesitate to contact Debra Cavanaugh, 312.419.9094 x32.

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P.

 

Complete the series of free online courses and apply toward the MLA Disaster Information Specialization!