A Seat at the Table: Working with the Disaster Workforce

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.


  • The importance of libraries as community members and essential services
  • Library roles in disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Forming effective relationships for community disaster planning
  • Practical steps to get a seat at the table

Learning Outcomes

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.