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Archive for the ‘In the News’ Category

Hospital Shooting in Baltimore

Friday, September 17th, 2010

See this article,, entitled “Hospital Violence is on the Rise, Health Agency Warns,” by JoNel Aleccia, Health Writer for MSNBC.  Yesterday’s incident at Johns Hopkins is an unfortunate reminder that everyone who works in a health care setting could possibly be at risk for violence, even though, as the Joint Commission report noted, hospitals have traditionally been considered “safe havens.”

Disaster Aid via Smartphones

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that survivors of disaster can now apply for federal assistance via smart phone.   See the full press release for details.  According to the release, this new tool is one aspect of FEMA’s initiative to make its service more readily available to all Americans, as well as to make use of technology to expedite providing services to the public following a presidential disaster declaration.  Knowing about the smart phone feature may be helpful to librarians assisting people who need to contact FEMA but do not have computer access after a disaster.

FEMA logo

Tracking Tsunamis

Monday, March 1st, 2010

For some interesting data about the tsunami that was generated by the recent earthquake off the coast of Chile, visit the NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning web site that details the sequence of advisories and warnings.  Even though Hawaii was fortunately spared the kind of devasting tsunami that came ashore in Indonesia a few years ago, the NOAA site shows that sea level did rise at the locations they measure in Hawaii, in places up to three feet above normal.  Civil defense authorities in Hawaii acted on the tsunami warnings, successfully evacuating everyone from the areas at risk.  While this is the kind of “drill” you’d rather not have, it undoubtedly provided some valuable lessons learned for everyone involved and will hopefully make the response to the next warning even more effective.

Click here to view an animated tsunami model of Chile earthquake

NOAA Center for Tsunami Research

Flash Mob at Old Dominion University Library

Monday, December 14th, 2009

What would you do if hundreds of students suddenly swarmed your library?  Take a look at this news video from December 10th.