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Speakers - 2011 Disaster Information Outreach Symposium
Stacey Arnesen, MS
Head, Office of the Disaster Information Management Research Center
National Library of Medicine
Ms. Arnesen is Head of the National Library of Medicine’s Office of the Disaster Information Management Research Center. She has worked at NLM for more than 20 years and involved in disaster information management since 2001. She co-directs the Central American Network on Disaster Health Information, works on several tools and resources to assist in disaster management including the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders, a hazmat response tool, and the Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness. In addition, Ms. Arnesen serves as a member of the advisory group for the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership (BHEPP), a consortium of three Bethesda hospitals (National Naval Medical Center, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine) and NLM. Ms. Arnesen coordinates the disaster management research program for BHEPP. She received her M.S. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and her A.B. from Smith College.
Gabriel Boldt, MSEd, MLIS
London Regional Cancer Program
Gabriel Boldt has been working at the London Regional Cancer Center since 2008. Primarily focusing on experimental, radiation and medical oncology, he has also been privileged to join a team of researchers conducting a qualitative case series on H1N1, focusing on the work of health sciences librarians. He is currently the president of the Southwestern Ontario Health Libraries Information Network, a local chapter of the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA/ABSC).
Diane Brown, MLS
Deputy State Librarian
State Library of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA
Diane Brown is the Deputy State Librarian at the State Library of Louisiana, a position she has held since 2004. In this capacity she is the chief advisor to the State Librarian and oversees the day-to-day operations of the State Library including budgeting and strategic planning initiatives. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Diane earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Tennessee.
Ms. Brown was present at the State Library during the 2005 hurricanes – Katrina and Rita – and was heavily involved in the recovery effort. Following that, the State Library made investments in the infrastructure of the State Library’s backup systems such that during the storms of 2008, the State Library never lost Internet connectivity when all other offices in state government were down. She and State Librarian, Rebecca Hamilton, worked closely with SOLINET (Now Lyrasis) to obtain a $12 Million grant to provide temporary library facilities after the storms in both Louisiana and Mississippi. Since 2005, the State Library has implemented a new interlibrary loan system for public libraries, added content to the statewide databases, secured a line item in the annual budget for public library training and grown the annual Louisiana Book Festival to an attendance of 26,000. This was done through 4 hurricanes, severe budget cuts, the recession, staff retirements and most recently the oil spill; but now the State Library is an efficient, high performing, customer driven agency.
Ana D. Cleveland, PhD, AHIP
Regents Professor and Director, Health Informatics Program and Houston Program
Department of Library and Information Sciences
University of North Texas
Dr. Ana D. Cleveland, Regents Professor and Director of the Health Informatics and Houston Programs, Department of Library and Information Sciences, College of Information, University of North Texas is an internationally recognized educator in the fields of medical librarianship and health informatics. She has held faculty appointments in the Department of Family Medicine and the School of Public Health, University of North Texas- Health Science Center.
Cleveland has co-authored two textbooks with Dr. Don Cleveland, Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting and most recently, Health Informatics for Medical Librarians, which won the Ida and George Eliot Prize from the Medical Library Association. Her publications are in the areas of information retrieval, information-seeking behaviors of special populations, and information technology. She has received numerous grants in areas related to health informatics and has served as a consultant, internationally and nationally, to a wide range of health-related agencies.
She serves on the Texas Radiation Advisory Board, where she is the chair of the Interagency Information Management Committee. In this capacity, Cleveland has been involved in disaster and emergency preparedness issues related to radiation programs and services. Most recently, she has been appointed to work on the State of Texas Health Plan to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, which also includes a component on disaster management.
For the past five years, Cleveland has served as the lead instructor for Disaster Management for Information Professionals, a course taught at the University of North Texas to educate library and information sciences students how to manage disaster and emergency situations. She was inspired to develop this course after experiencing the information needs of Hurricane Katrina victims that had relocated to Houston.
Gale Dutcher, MLS
Deputy Associate Director, Specialized Information Services
National Library of Medicine
Robin Featherstone, MLIS
Montreal General Hospital
McGill University Health Centre
Robin Featherstone, MLIS, is a librarian and researcher who has investigated information provision during disasters. She and her research team are conducting a qualitative case series on H1N1, focused on the work of health sciences librarians. Between 2006 and 2007 Robin completed an oral history project on library roles in disaster response as part of the National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program. Robin is currently the Medical Librarian at Montreal General Hospital, McGill University Health Centre.
Barbara L. Folb, MM, MLS, MPH
Public Health Informationist
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh
Barbara Folb is the Public Health Informationist at the Health Sciences Library System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh. She has worked there since 1999, serving as outreach librarian from 1999 to 2003, Public Health Librarian from 2003 to 2009, and Public Health Informationist from 2010 to the present. During 2008 and 2009 she was a National Library of Medicine Informationist Fellow. As part of the fellowship she earned her Master’s in Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and completed the research study that is the basis of her conference presentation. Prior to switching careers to librarianship, Barbara earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Music, and a Master’s in Music Performance from Youngstown State University. She taught French Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and worked as a freelance musician. She earned her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. Before joining HSLS, she worked at Carnegie Mellon University at the Hunt Library and at the Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Corporate Library.
In her current work, Barbara has enjoyed the opportunity to implement the informationist model of service, maintaining offices in the library and at the Graduate School of Public Health. She works closely with the school’s Center for Public Health Practice, providing information support for their Center for Public Health Preparedness, and training on information seeking and management topics for public health practitioners in Pennsylvania through their HRSA-funded Public Health Training Center.
Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP
Executive Director, Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library
Cynthia L. Henderson, MILS, AHIP is the Executive Director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University. Ms. Henderson is a Distinguished Member of the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals and has practiced Librarianship for 20 years. She received her Undergraduate Degree Cum Laude from Alcorn State University, and her Graduate Degree in Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan. She has worked at a variety of institutions: Iowa State University; Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science; the University of Illinois at Chicago; Samuel Merritt College (now Samuel Merritt University) and before coming to Howard University she was the Director of the Morehouse School of Medicine Library.
At MSM, Ms. Henderson is credited with opening “the walls of the MSM library with an ongoing series of impressive exhibits” and “leading the library in securing over $100,000 in extramural grants for a variety of educational outreach efforts.” She was a key member of many MSM committees, and organized and led the MSM Academic Informatics Committee, an important forum for planning the integration of information technology in teaching, research, and practice.
Ms. Henderson is very active in her profession and has published articles in peer reviewed journals, and written book chapters, as well as journal, book, and software reviews. In many of her regional and national professional committee responsibilities she is in a leadership role. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on library projects and different Health Sciences Library topics. In 2006 she was chosen as a Medical Informatics Marine Biological Laboratory/National Library of Medicine Course Fellow and completed work at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
She is serving on the National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine Pubmed Central National Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2012. And she is on the Medical Library Association Board of Directors to from 2009 to 2012.
Ruth Holst, MSLS, FMLA, AHIP
President, Medical Library Association
Associate Director, NN/LM Greater Midwest Region
University of Illinois at Chicago
Ruth Holst is the Associate Director of the Greater Midwest Region (GMR) of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), located in the Library of the Health Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In her role as the Associate Director, she serves as the GMR staff liaison to the Emergency Preparedness Working Group for Region 3 of the NN/LM.
Before moving to Chicago to work for the NN/LM, Ruth was a hospital librarian in Milwaukee for 32 years and is very much interested in new roles for hospital librarians, including in the area of disaster information outreach. She is the author of the MLA Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries (MLA, 2000) and recently co-authored an article about the roll-out of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan in “Take ten: A Ten-step approach to emergency preparedness and service continuity” in Journal of Hospital Librarianship 2009: 9:139-46.
Ruth is currently serving as President of the Medical Library Association (MLA), where she is championing the concept of developing a Disaster Information Specialization within the MLA continuing education program.
Vice President, Public Relations
American National Red Cross
Laura Howe is the Vice President of Public Relations for the American National Red Cross. Laura is responsible for planning and executing the Public Affairs and overall corporate media strategies for the Red Cross. In that role she serves as one of the primary Red Cross spokespeople and oversees day to day corporate media relations and crisis communications efforts. In addition, she manages specialized communication teams for Disaster Services, International Services, Biomedical Services, Services to Armed Forces and Chapter Operations. Laura also manages the team responsible for all Red Cross social media efforts and has been a champion within the organization for the use of social media as means to get information to disaster victims.
Laura is a long time disaster responder and spokesperson and has provided interviews for national media outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, The Weather Channel, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and the Today Show. Laura began her Red Cross career nearly eight years ago as the Public Relations Director for the Birmingham Area Chapter in Birmingham, Alabama.
Laura learned the media trade while spending more than eight years a television news reporter and anchor in stations across the South. She is a proud graduate of the University Of Missouri School of Journalism.
John F. Koerner, MPH, CIH
Chief, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Branch
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, HHS
Mr. Koerner is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Branch Chief in the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations (OPEO) Preparedness Planning Division for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquarters. The CBRNE Branch provides subject matter expertise and leads the development of innovative, evidence-based interventions to support the nation’s medical and public health response to catastrophic disasters and terrorist incidents. CBRNE Branch projects have included the “Disaster Medicine & Public Health Preparedness” supplement on scarce resources after a nuclear event; collaboration with NIH and NLM on the Radiological Emergency Medical Management (REMM) Web site; and creation of the on-line “State and Local Planners Playbook For Medical Response to a Nuclear Detonation”.
Mr. Koerner worked previously at the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters, where he was twice awarded the Secretary’s Exceptional Achievement Award for his work developing protective guidance – once for responders to an anthrax attack and once for pandemic influenza. Before that, Mr. Koerner was principal of a consulting firm specializing in healthcare, environmental microbiology, biodefense, and emergency response. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health specializing in biological aerosols.
Lisa M. Koonin, MN, MPH
Senior Advisor, Influenza Coordination Unit
Office of Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ms. Lisa M. Koonin currently serves as the Senior Advisor for the Influenza Coordination Unit at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Lead for Pandemic Influenza Medical Care and Countermeasures planning and response. In this role, Ms. Koonin provides leadership and coordination for the planning and utilization of key medical countermeasures (such as antiviral medications and personal protective equipment), infection control strategies, and worker safety issues during a pandemic.
She also provides direction for innovative initiatives linking public health agencies and the private sector for improving community-level emergency preparedness. Ms. Koonin has been a leader in the US Government’s efforts to include private sector businesses in pandemic planning and response and serves as CDC’s Lead for private sector pandemic influenza planning and response.
Ms. Koonin contributed to the development of the U.S. National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan, and actively serves on the White House National Security Staff’s Pandemic Interagency Policy Council and the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Catastrophic Events. She has co-authored several US Government pandemic planning and H1N1 pandemic response guidance documents. Ms. Koonin also served in a leadership role as part of CDC’s 2009 H1N1 Flu Response. Ms. Koonin is a frequent lecturer at national and international meetings on pandemic preparedness. Since 2007, she has led workshops about emergency preparedness and pandemic response in the US as well as in Asia, Africa, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.
Ms. Koonin has been with CDC since 1987. Prior to her current position she served as Chief of Reproductive Health Surveillance, Director of the Office of Healthcare Partnerships, and Branch Chief for Public and Private Partnerships. Prior to her employment with CDC, Ms. Koonin spent 10 years in a variety of nurse practitioner, clinical, and faculty nursing leadership positions. Ms. Koonin is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Epidemiologist and earned a Master of Nursing and a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University.
Alicia Livinski, MPH, MA
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library
Alicia Livinski joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library in 2007. Alicia supports the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the Office of the Secretary in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She provides a variety of information management, expert searching and research services to ASPR staff and other researchers at the NIH. She also provides specialized information resources, services and support to the Office of Global Health Affairs staff within the HHS Office of the Secretary.
Prior to joining NIH, she worked for 5 years as the Information and Communications Advisor with the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood on international maternal health and advocacy programs. Alicia has a MA in Library & Information Science from the University of South Florida in Tampa; Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine with a focus in food security and humanitarian crisis management; and a bachelor's degree from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL in international relations.
Isabel López Gordo
Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID)
San Jose, Costa Rica
Isabel López Gordo began her international development career in Costa Rica working as a project and information officer in the multi-national office for Central America of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). She later joined the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) as coordinator for a regional project in the Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru). As an officer of the PAHO/WHO, Isabel undertook the general coordination for the San Jose, Costa Rica based Regional Center for Disaster Information for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID), the largest specialized information center on disasters and risk reduction in the Americas. She has participated in the response efforts for the Haitian earthquake of January 2010 and the cholera epidemic in October 2010 as a member of the Regional Response Team of the PAHO/WHO.
Isabel earned a Master’s in International Cooperation, Humanitarian Action and Development Policy at the Sorbonne University (Paris). She speaks English, Spanish and French.
Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
RADM, U.S. Public Health Service
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Lurie is the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As such, she serves as the Secretary's principal advisor on matters related to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies. Her office is the lead agency for federal public health and medical preparedness and response, helping the nation prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Prior to her current position, she served as Senior Natural Scientist and Paul O’ Neill Alcoa Professor of Health Policy at the RAND Corporation. There she directed RAND’s public health and preparedness work as well as RAND’s Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. She has previously served in federal government, as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health in the HHS; in state government as Medical Advisor to the Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health; and in academia, as Professor in the University of Minnesota Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Lurie has a long history in the health services research field, primarily in the areas of access to and quality of care, managed care, mental health, prevention, public health infrastructure and preparedness and health disparities.
Dr. Lurie attended college and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her residency and MSPH at UCLA, where she was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. She served as Senior Editor for Health Services Research and has served on editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous journals. She has served on the council and was President of the Society of General Internal Medicine, and on the board of directors for Academy Health, and has served on multiple other national committees. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the AHSR Young Investigator Award, the Nellie Westerman Prize for Research in Ethics, the Heroine in Health Care Award, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and is a member of the Institute of Medicine.
Dr. Lurie continues to practice clinical medicine in the health care safety net in Washington, DC.
Edward Metz, MLS, MA
Head Librarian, National Emergency Training Center Library
US Fire Administration/FEMA
Ed moved from the Kansas City area with his family in 2008 to become head of the National Emergency Training Center (NETC) library in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The NETC library supports the research and instructional programs of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute and the US Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy and National Fire Programs. It provides outreach services to first responders and fire and life safety educators around the country. Prior to this position he served as the Systems Librarian at the US Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He has worked previously as an acquisitions as well as a reference librarian (also at the CGSC). Ed's professional interests lie in the realm of taxonomy development and in marketing library resources and services.
Ed earned his MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and also has an MA in German, BAs in German and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a distinguished graduate (French Language) from the Defense Language Institute, Monterey CA.
Mary Moore, PhD
Louis Calder Memorial Library and Biomedical Communications
Chair, Department of Health Informatics at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami
Mary Moore is Executive Director of the Louis Calder Memorial Library and Biomedical Communications and Chair, Department of Health Informatics at the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami. She received BA and MA degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, where she researched the diffusion of health information technologies.
She has taught management information systems, Web design, Internet research, and competitive intelligence at the University of Texas-Austin, Texas Tech University, and the Helsinki School of Economics. Starting in the 1980s, she worked to deliver telemedicine services to isolated health practitioners on the Texas-Mexico border. At the National Library of Medicine she was responsible for reference and customer service. At the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, she developed proposals to extend successful consumer health information resources and training from the South Texas Border community centers and health magnet high schools into other locations in Texas. She has received awards from AT&T, Frost Bank, ISI, the National Library of Medicine, SBC, and Rittenhouse for research and projects in health informatics and health information outreach.
Steven J. Phillips, MD
Director, Specialized Information Services
Associate Director, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Steven J. Phillips, M.D. is the Director, Specialized Information Services, and Associate Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health & Human Services. He is leading the effort to establish a Disaster Information Management Research Center at the NLM. This Center, totally devoted to disaster informatics, is the first of its kind in the world.
Dr. Phillips is a graduate of Hobart College and Tufts Medical School. He is board certified both in general and thoracic surgery. He co-founded the Iowa Heart Center that has grown to 58 physicians all specializing in cardiovascular disease. In 1974 he pioneered techniques for emergency coronary bypass surgery for evolving heart attacks implanted the first artificial heart in Iowa, performed the first heart transplant in central Iowa, and invented the technology for percutaneous cardiopulmonary bypass. He has been the principle investigator for numerous research projects.
In 1997 Dr. Phillips was interviewed by the White House search committee for the position of Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. On October 7, 1998, he was invited to testify before the Full Committee on Commerce as a witness on the Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997.
Dr. Phillips was a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1993-97 and the 1997 Board Chair. From 1999-2001 He served as the full time Deputy to the Director for Research and Education at the NLM, NIH.
Dr. Phillips served twice in Vietnam and retired from the USAR as a LTC. in 1993. He is a life member of the 101 st. Airborne Association and an Associate Life member of the UDT/SEAL Association. He sits on the Board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Reception Center, and serves as a member of a Congressionally mandated Wounded Warriors Task Force. He is past president of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, Society of Cardiac Surgeons of Spain, and of the Polk County Medical Society, Iowa. He is a member of the NIH alumni association, AATS, STS, ASAIO, ACC, ACS and EACTS medical societies. He has approximately 125 medical publications and has been granted 6 patents.
Patti Reynolds, MLIS
Director, Bishopric Medical Library
Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Patti Reynolds, has been the Director of the Bishopric Medical Library in Sarasota, Florida since 2000. Ms. Reynolds received her MLS from Rutgers University in 1980. With experience in the educational services section of New York University Medical Center Library and a strong passion for computerized information dissemination, she moved to the West Coast of Florida in 1995 and established the Ronald Hanson Medical Library and Community Health Information Center at Venice Hospital, Venice FL. This was followed by a move to Tampa and the American College of Physician Executives, again working with online resources and physicians.
A request from the President of Sarasota Memorial Hospital brought her home. SMH is a leader in online computer technology and a virtual library was the next project to develop. Ms. Reynolds has served on the Library Advisory Board of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Ms. Reynolds has been a participant in the Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project Partners, 2008-2010. During this period, the Emergency Preparedness committee grew to include physicians and nurses, establish a direct report to the administration, set long term and short term goals to name a few successes. The development of a Sarasota County Coalition of hospitals has begun as well as a coalition of West Coast Medical Libraries. The development of www.suncoastepic.com is the ongoing project of the library group. Our publication of “Disaster Information Specialist Pilot Project:NLM/DIMRC” in Medical Reference Services Quarterly: 2010 Oct;29(4):394-404 details the activities which took place during this pilot project.
Kenneth W. Schor, DO, MPH
CAPT MC USN (Ret)
Acting Director, National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
11300 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
Dr. Schor is a federal civilian faculty member of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) having retired in May 2009 after 27 years active duty service in the US Navy Medical Corps. His appointments at the nation's federal health sciences university include: Acting Director of the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health; Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics; and Deputy Public Health Em ergency Officer. He is the immediate past Associate Program Director, National Capital Consortium, General Preventive Medicine Residency.
Dr. Schor graduated cum laude from Allegheny College, Meadville, PA; received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; was a Distinguished Graduate of the National Defense University's Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a degree of Master of Science in National Resources Policy; and received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Services Administration.
Dr. Schor's professional interests include Global Health, Disaster Response, International Humanitarian Assistance, Post-Conflict Stabilization and Recovery, Civil-Military Coordination, and Travel Medicine.
Dan Wilson, MLS
Associate Director for Collection Management and Access Services
University of Virginia Health Sciences Library
University of Virginia
Dan Wilson is the Associate Director for Collection Management and Access Services at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia, where he has worked since 1991. Since 2007, he has also served as the National Coordinator of the Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). In this role, he facilitated the development of a national response plan among NN/LM member libraries and Regional Medical Libraries, developed the Initiative’s focus on continuity of library services, particularly in health sciences libraries, and produced and distributed a curriculum for training librarians in emergency preparedness and response.
Dan has published articles promoting emergency preparedness for libraries and maintains the online “toolkit” site (http://nnlm.gov/ep) for NN/LM’s Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, a resource accessed worldwide by both librarians and other emergency planners. Dan has provided numerous training sessions and has spoken at many regional and state meetings, promoting NN/LM’s initiatives as well as NLM’s products for emergency response.
David Yates, PhD
Assistant Professor, College of Information Studies
University of Maryland
College Park, MD
Dave Yates, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Information Studies, University of Maryland. His research interests are collaborative technologies and social media use, particularly in the area of disaster response. His research has examined community organization and information sharing in Indonesia following the 2004 Tsunami, peer to peer information exchange for hurricane warning, and most recently social media used in the 2010 Haiti earthquake response. Dr. Yates has published articles in journals such as Government Information Quarterly and Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). Additionally, he has consulted on the employment of collaborative technology and social media with industry, government, and non-governmental organizations.
Lisl Zach, PhD, MBA, MS
The iSchool at Drexel
Dr. Zach’s research interests include studying the information-seeking behavior of a wide range of users and investigating ways of measuring and communicating the value of information services in diverse settings. Dr. Zach has published award-winning articles on the contributions of information services in hospitals and academic health science centers and on the ways in which administrators look for, evaluate, and use information. Dr. Zach is also exploring ways to foster collaborations between public libraries and local emergency management agencies.
Before coming to Drexel, Dr. Zach spent four years at Louisiana State University where, among other duties, she was president of the local Special Libraries Association chapter at the time of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Dr. Zach was instrumental in coordinating communication and relief efforts among the special libraries community during the weeks and months following the disaster, and received the SLA President’s Award in 2006 in recognition for her work. She also received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to study the responses of librarians after disasters such as the Gulf Coast hurricanes; the results of the study are being used to develop new curricula to prepare information professionals for their roles as potential community leaders at a time of crisis. More recently, Dr. Zach has become involved with specific questions related to providing risk information to vulnerable populations and to building capacity in community-based risk communication systems.