A Seat at the Table: Working with the Disaster Workforce*

 For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, siobhan.champ-blackwell@nih.gov.

Libraries have a critical role to play in disaster preparation and recovery, but they need to be at the table with the right people. This self-paced online class prepares librarians on how to work with first responders, public health departments, local health care facilities, and emergency planners.

Resource URL:  https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dis_courses/seat_at_table/index.html

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the roles played by governmental and nongovernmental organizations in different types of disasters.

  • Recognize library roles that are valuable in community disaster planning.

  • Develop relationships that will help secure a seat at the table.

This course is divided into the following sections.

  1. The importance of libraries as community members and essential services

  2. Library roles in disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery

  3. Forming effective relationships for community disaster planning

  4. Practical steps to get a seat at the table

Each section is a single page of content and activities that help reinforce the topics covered. Each section is summarized with key points, which are the most critical take-home messages of the material.

Facility Requirements  

MLA CE Credits: 4