If you are taking this course for Medical Library Association credits, please register and complete the class through our free online registration system.
This course prepares librarians on how to work with first responders, including 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, but they need a seat at the table with the right people, and they need to have something to offer. During and after a disaster are not the times 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 course 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 self-paced course fulfills one of the requirements of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Disaster Information Specialization, Advanced Level. Students will earn four MLA Continuing Education (CE) credits.
Note: After reviewing the information on this page, please be sure to complete the pre-course evaluation at the bottom of the page before continuing with the course.
For the best experience with this course, you should already:
This course is divided into the following sections. Use the Next and Back buttons at the bottom of the page to move through the course.
Each section is a single page with content and activities that help reinforce the topics covered. For more information on additional ways to navigate the course, see the "Getting Around" section below.
Each section is summarized with key points, which are the most critical take-home messages of the material.
Throughout this course, the National Library of Medicine will be referred to using the acronym NLM and the Disaster Information Management Research Center will be called NLM Disaster Health.
We use "community" in this course to refer to the geographic neighborhood community (e.g., public library community), as well as work/organizational community (e.g., hospital or academic community).
After completing this course, you will be able to:
There are a variety of ways you can navigate this training. You can:
At the top of each page, links will indicate where the current page falls within the overall course. You can also click these links to return to this homepage or to the section that contains the page.
Throughout the course, you will encounter links. Any link denoted with an External Link icon () points to a resource outside of this course and will typically open in a new tab or window. All other links are to other areas within the course.
Additionally, clicking on an image will open a larger view of the image in a pop-up box within the page.
If you need assistance using this course or have questions or comments about any of the content presented here, please select the About / Getting Help option from the upper right menu.
Before beginning the course, please take a few moments to answer the following questions about your current experience with disaster health information resources. The survey will open in a new tab or window. When you have submitted your responses, return to this window and click the Next button below to proceed with the course.
Start the Evaluation (opens in a new tab or window)
After completing the survey, click the Next button below to continue with the course. Or, use the Menu in the upper right to select a specific section.