Libraries Vital in Emergencies

The American Library Association provided a press release yesterday, noting that Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) has succeeded in his efforts to have FEMA designate libraries as temporary relocation sites for their communities following an emergency or disaster.  See the details here:  Many thanks to Cheryl Rowan at NN/LM’s South Central Region for the heads up, via the DIMRC listserv (if you aren’t signed up for this listserv from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center, go here to subscribe:  Quoting Sen. Reed:  

“It will help libraries in need relocate so they can keep serving the public in the wake of a flood or other emergency.  Libraries are vital information hubs, and in the aftermath of a disaster, libraries take on an even greater community role, providing free and easy access to technology and essential information.”

FEMA’s Community Preparedness Webinar Series

On Tuesday, January 11, at 2 PM EST, FEMA’s Community Preparedness Division will present the first 2011 webinar in the Community Preparedness Webinar Series:  Collaborative Planning–Engagement of the Whole Community.  The live webinar is available to the first 500 log ins at, and will also be available via recording on the website.  Previously recorded webinars are available on the Citizen Corps site at

Anyone who needs special accommodations or requires assistance to view or listen to the webinar is asked to email no later than 5 PM EST on Friday, January 7th.

Disaster Information Symposium March 29-30

Here’s a wonderful learning/networking opportunity for those of us who are interested in library/librarians’ roles in disaster response, particularly in communication and provision of information during and after disasters.  See the Symposium announcement at for the details, and click on the “Registration Now Open” link for specifics about location and hotel accommodations.  The Disaster Information Management Research Center of the Special Information Services division of the National Library of Medicine is hosting the meeting, co-sponsored by the Medical Library Association and the Special Libraries Association.  If your library or institution is a member of NN/LM, check with your RML (find your RML here… by clicking on your region) to see if funding is available to help pay for your travel.  MLA CE credit is available for attending the symposium.  The meeting will be held at the Lister Hill Center at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD.  We’re excited about this great opportunity, and look forward to seeing you there!

“What About the Library” Rolls on to Christiansburg, Virginia

The second “What About the Library” regional conference will be presented at the Christiansburg Public Library on Monday, December 6th. Keynote speaker is Neal Turner, Montgomery County Emergency Services Coordinator, and one of the first on the scene of the Virginia Tech shooting in April 2007. Stan Crigger, Regional Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management.


Thanks to Michael Boer at NN/LM’s Web-STOC, the Toolkit now features chat. To chat, click on the chat button that is located on the right side of the screen above the NEPRTimes section. Chat only activates when the green dot is present.

New Look for the Toolkit

Many thanks to Michael Boer and Aron Beal of NN/LM’s Web-STOC team, who worked with us to re-design this site, based on the results of the usability study conducted earlier this year.  The site now features a cleaner presentation of information and resources plus a couple of new features, including an area for EP&R-related Twitter feeds and easier access to weather-related alerts and warnings. 

We’ve also created a new tutorial to assist users in navigating through the toolkit. To view the video, click on this link:  The tutorial is also available by clicking on the “Toolkit Navigation Video” link in the Pages section of the left menu.