“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: http://nnlm.gov/ep/toolkit-navigation-video/.  The tutorial is also available by clicking on the “Toolkit Navigation Video” link in the Pages section of the left menu.

Important DIMRC Meeting on Thursday

The next Disaster Information Specialist Program meeting will focus on professional development for librarians interested in disaster information outreach. Two representatives from the Medical Library Association CE programs will introduce a new joint MLA-NLM project designed to develop a disaster information specialization through MLA’s professional development. The meeting is at 1:30 ET on Thursday, October 21st. To dial in, call 1-888-813-8477 and enter the passcode 394248.

Maryland EP&R Event

Just a little over a month away until Connections: Emergency Preparedness for Librarians and Emergency Personnel. This event will take place on Thursday, November 18th, at the Health Sciences & Human Services Library, University of Maryland/Baltimore. Speakers include Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian, State Library of Louisiana. Looks like a great program. It’s free, but registration is required. Click on this URL to register http://www.hshsl.umaryland.edu/disaster/index.php/registration/.