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Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises

Friday, June 12th, 2015

New from the DISASTER -OUTREACH – LIB email list:

Title: Innovating with Disaster Drills and Exercises

Date: Thursday, June 18

Time: 1pm ET/Noon CT/ 11am MT/10am PT


Synopsis: First Responders Group at the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate and FEMA’s Higher Education Program are co-sponsoring this event to share innovative approaches to designing and conducting drills and exercises. Guest presenters include Carla Boyce, director of FEMA’s National Exercise Division; Douglas Kahn, program manager for FEMA’s Virtual Table Top Exercise Program; and Boyce Wilson, homeland security planner for the Heart of Texas Council of Governments. Attendees can earn a certificate of completion and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits upon completing a short quiz at the end of the event.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand opportunities to innovate within the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) process
  • Explain how virtual exercises can efficiently and effectively meet your objectives
  • Identify best practices and innovative approaches to design, conduct and evaluate exercises    [jh]

Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER): Updates

Friday, May 29th, 2015

New releases of WISER are available for every current platform.  See the details HERE to investigate what’s new for the WISER platform of your choice. [jh]

St. Charles, MO hosting NLM Exhibit, From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Today through June 20th, the Middendorf-Kredell branch of the St. Charles City-County Library District is hosting the National Library of Medicine exhibit: From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry.

During the 6 week exhibit, we will be hosting interactive displays from UC Biotech and several library programs to fit into the theme, including:

Home Brew​ing 101 (May 16th and May 28th)
Combating the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitat (May 27th)
Medication Matters (June 3rd)
Closing Reception, hosted by the Emerging Library Advocates and featuring live music and local home brew sampling! (June 19th)

This exhibition was produced by the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
There is a companion digital gallery here:   (bbj)

Disaster Information Specialist Monthly Webinar : Digital Humanitarians

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is hosting their monthly disaster information specialist  webinar on Thursday, April 9 @ 1:30 Eastern Time.  It is free and anyone may attend.

Patrick Meier, PHD, will talk about being a digital humanitarian which is the subject of his book”Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing Humanitarian Response.” For more information on the webinar and past presentations click here .  [jh]


News from the NLM Education Connection

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) just published its newsletter, NLM Education Connection.  The online publication is the NLM’s method  of updating  K-12 educators, parents and the public about their free and reliable resources that support  education programs in the classroom.  You may find the latest issue here They also provide an opportunity to subscribe to their email list.  [jh]

“Libraries don’t need more advocacy, they need better advocacy”

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A new article by Wendy Newman at the University of Toronto discusses how to make your advocacy message more effective.  (bbj)


Classroom resources for teaching cell biology

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Classroom resources for teaching cell biology: Includes animation, interactive tutorials, lab experiments, videos, and teacher resources./da

EDUCATION: Emergency Preparedness Webinar

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Do you have  the attitude of some of the characters in Munchkin Country in  the current MCR game – Librarians in the Wonderful Land of Oz –  that  “houses falling from the sky: never will happen to me!”?  We  hope you don’t have that attitude.  Is your library ready for the next emergency situation? What can you do to prepare for threats to the continuity of service for your library patrons? How can you protect staff and preserve/recover resources?  Join us in the next MCR sponsored (free webinar) to learn more about emergency preparedness for libraries.

When: Friday, February 6, 2015- 3pm Central Time, 2pm Mountain Time

Where:  The MCR Network Member Services Room

How: Log in as a “Guest” and wait for prompts for the audio.

Fewer than half of the respondents, in a  recent MCR questionnaire,  indicated that their institutions had an emergency plan in place.  If you are one of those members? You may want to  join us for this vital webinar!  We’ll offer ideas and tools – join us add to you knowledge!  [jh]

Disaster Readiness in Libraries

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) is hosting the Disaster Information Specialists Program monthly conference call/webinar.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 15, 2015 at  11:30  am MT, 12:30 pm CT

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly meeting is open to everyone!

TOPIC:    Disaster Readiness in Libraries

Dan Wilson, Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative, will present about his experiences advocating for greater disaster readiness in our nation’s libraries.  In addition, he will talk about creating a disaster readiness culture at the library he works at (University of Virginia Health Sciences Library) and his role in establishing a Virtual Operations Support Team (VOST) at the Charlottesville/Albemarle County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

PRESENTER:  Dan Wilson has been the Coordinator of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative since the summer of 2007.  As coordinator, he advocates library disaster readiness by facilitating summit meetings for librarians and emergency planners.  He is currently working with State Library of New Jersey and the State Library of Pennsylvania on improving disaster readiness in their public libraries, and is in the planning stages of a major initiative with the State Library of North Carolina set for this spring.

LOGIN:   To join the meeting Thursday, January 15th, click on

Enter your name in the guest box and click “Enter Room”.  A box should pop up asking for your phone number. Enter your phone number and the system will call you. For those who cannot use this call-back feature, the dial-in information is:Dial-In:  1-888-757-2790  Pass-Code: 745907  For more information on this and past meetings, see (Courtesy of the DISASTER-OUTREACH LIB email discussion list.)  [jh]

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Email Discussion List

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB is a discussion group for librarians and others interested in disaster information outreach to their communities and responding to information needs for all-hazards preparedness, response and recovery.

To subscribe:  To view archived messages: