Available Until 4/23/2023

Information Roles in Disaster Management

This self-paced course introduces health sciences librarians to disaster management roles related to health information. The information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and others working in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery provide a framework for the kinds of roles that librarians, information specialists, and others can fill.

This course is part of the MLA Disaster Information Specialization.


  • Introduction: Disasters and Disaster Management
  • Audiences for Disaster Information Services
  • Professional Roles for Librarians and Disaster Information Specialist
  • Disaster Information Services Opportunities
  • Tools to Support Information RolesRecommendations for Librarians

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the disaster management cycle and different disaster types.
  • Identify audiences for disaster information services, and their information needs.
  • Describe the evolving roles that libraries and information specialists play in disaster management.
  • Recognize opportunities and tools for providing disaster information services.
  • Find more resources on providing disaster information services.


Health information professionals interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in Disaster Information Management.

MLA CE Credits: 3

This course was adopted from the Network of the National Library of Medicine and updated by MLA using funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement number UG4LM012344 with the University of Utah, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
MLA 3 MLA CE Credits April 23, 2021 - April 23, 2023