Library Spotlight: MIPT Terrorism Information Center
The Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT) Information Center, located on the grounds of the Oklahoma City Memorial, Oklahoma City, OK, provides access to a unique collection of resources and databases. The Library contains terrorism related information and services not found in other institutions or organizations, including full-text digitized documents, articles, books and reference services.
The Terrorism Information Center Library is a service provided by the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT). Established after the Oklahoma City Bombing, the MIPT is dedicated to antiterrorism information sharing among government agencies, private and public organizations to prevent terrorism and mitigate its effects. The Terrorism Information Center fulfills this goal by locating and providing access to a wide variety of information resources which allow first responders, researchers, government officials and other interested parties to make decisions that will impact emergency preparedness, both at the time of an incident or in the planning process.
The library’s website http://www.terrorisminfo.mipt.org offers access to over 1,100 reports, articles, fact sheets, journals and links to related information, a terrorism bibliography, and information on how individuals can help prevent terrorism. The library’s online catalog holds approximately 2,500 titles which are physically located in the library. Users can electronically access terrorism related documents, including terrorism incident reports from the National Counterterrorism Center, testimony from the President of the University Central Oklahoma on the security on America’s college campuses, and a link to An Emergency Planning Guide for America’s Communities, developed by the Joint Commission.
The library has several online databases. Developed by the MIPT, the Terrorism Knowledge Base http://www.tkb.org is a comprehensive databank of information on global terrorist incidents, terrorist organizations, and terrorism court cases. It provides in-depth information for policymakers, researchers, first responders and anyone interested in learning more about the history of terrorist activities and current antiterrorism efforts. Users can access over 35 years of incident data, hundreds of records on terrorism groups, and biographies of terrorism leaders. The database also offers a variety of tools which allow users to create personalized reports such as statistical summaries and interactive maps.
A variety of other online databases are accessible from the library’s website. The Responder Knowledge Base serves as a single source for information on products, and standards of equipment needed for first responders. The International Security and Counter Terrorism Reference Center database provides information on journals, news feeds, reports, and summaries relating to terrorism and security. The Terrorism Reference Library database explores the roots of terrorism through biographical sketches to provide an understanding of this complex issue. The Encyclopedia of Terrorism database covers the who, what, when where and why of terrorist activities and hate crimes. Photographs, maps, charts, a list of cases and a list of known domestic and international extremist groups are included in this resource.
The Terrorism Information Center Library’s books are available via interlibrary loan. For reference service or more information on the library and its collection, contact Brad Robison, Director of the Information Center at firstname.lastname@example.org
Terrorism Information Center: http://www.terrorisminfo.mipt.org
For more information on the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism: http://www.mipt.org