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FAQ - Disaster Information Outreach Symposium

Q: Can I be put on a wait list now that registration for on-site attendance at the symposium is closed?
A: Yes, complete the registration form and you will be put on a wait list. We will notify you if a space opens up for on-site attendance. However, you also have the option of watching the symposium through the videocast. Please see videocast information provided below.

Q: Will the symposium be videocast?
A: Yes, we will be videocasting the symposium. It is not necessary to register to view the videocast. However you may wish to visit prior to the event to check if you need to download the free RealPlayer program to your computer. There is a direct link to the videocast for Day 1 and for Day 2. A recording will be archived for later viewing following the symposium. Please note that the optional training class on March 30, "Roadmap to Disaster Health Information Resources" will not be videocast.

Q: Will any continuing education credits be awarded for attending the symposium?
A: Attendees will get a total of 10.5 CE credits from the Medical Library Association for participating in both days of the symposium. For either the live or archived broadcast, viewers can request CE credit by sending an email with the subject line "CE Contact Hours" to Wilma Templin-Branner: Specify the number of hours you attended the symposium. Credit hours will be given as follows: 7.5 for Day One; 3.0 for Day Two; 10.5 for both days. You will receive an evaluation form to complete and return, as well as a certificate showing the hours earned. Attendees in the optional training class "Roadmap to Disaster Health Information Resources" will receive 2.5 CE credits. The training class will not be videocast therefore CE credit for the class can only be given for attending in person.

Q: Is there a cost to attend the symposium?
A: There is no registration fee to attend the Disaster Information Outreach symposium. You will be responsible only for your travel, meals and housing expenses.

Q: Where will the symposium events take place?
A: All symposium activities, with the exception of the evening session on Tuesday, March 29, will take place at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Lister Hill Center (Bldg. 38A) on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The evening session will held from 6pm - 8pm at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel in Bethesda, MD.

Q: Are there any special procedures to enter the NIH campus?
A: Yes. Please note that this is a secured campus and you will need to enter at the NIH Gateway Center. Visitors must provide a form of government-issued photo ID such as a driver's license or passport. Please leave extra time for the security check and for getting to the Lister Hill Center (Bldg. 38A) which is adjacent to the National Library of Medicine. Information about the NIH campus and security requirements can be found at

Q: Is there any transportation available from the hotel to the symposium site?
A: On Tuesday, March 29 shuttle transportation will be provided to NLM for guests staying at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel only. The shuttle will return those hotel guests to the hotel for the evening sesion. The shuttle will also take those hotel guests to the symposium on Wednesday, March 30. A shuttle schedule will be distributed to guests when they check into the hotel. At the conclusion of the symposium, all attendees will be responsible for their own transportation to the airport or other destination. Those attendees returning to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel after the second day may wish to take the subway (Metro) from the Medical Center stop located at the NIH campus to the White Flint stop, which is within walking distance of the hotel. Information on taking the Metro will be included in the information packets distributed upon check in. Also, a list of area taxi cabs will be available at the symposium registration desk.

Q: How do I cancel my registration if my plans have changed?
A: Please let us know as soon as possible if your plans have changed and you cannot attend. We now have a waiting list to attend the symposium. Please send an email to Pamela Hadley at if you need to cancel.

Q: Is there any assistance available for travel expenses?
A: No, participants will be responsible for their own travel costs. NLM will be providing free shuttle service between the Marriott hotel and the symposium location on the first day and on the morning of the second day. Your employer may be able to offer assistance with travel costs. Some Regional Medical Libraries may be offering assistance to members in their region – watch for announcements from the Regional Medical Libraries. If you are trying to obtain institutional support, it may be helpful to remind your administrators of the good ideas, information, and contacts that you will bring back from the symposium and which will benefit your organization.

Q: Can I attend only one day of the symposium?
A: Yes, please register for the symposium here and send an email to Pamela Hadley at to notify her which day you will be attending.