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Public Libraries and Hurricane Response Panel Discussion

On February 20, 2009, Florida State University held “Public Libraries and Hurricane Response: Eppes Panel Discussion” on Public Librarians’ Response to Hurricanes: Lessons, Issues and Strategies.  Speaking at the panel discussion were: Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian of Louisiana; Rebecca Mitchell, Director, Alabama Public Library Service; Judith Ring, Director, State Library and Archives of Florida; Peggy Rudd, Director and Librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; MaryEllin Santiago, Manager, Southeastern Library Network’s (SOLINET) Gulf Coast Libraries Project; and Sharman B. Smith, Executive Director, Mississippi Library Commission.

Topics discussed were:

  • Lessons from recent hurricanes in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida
  • Roles of public libraries in hurricane preparedness
  • Rebuilding libraries and community infrastructure
  • Local and state politics in hurricane preparedness and response
  • Integrating public library preparedness and response with the local community
  • Coordinating public library response with other emergency management services
  • The role of the state library in supporting and assisting communities and public libraries
  • Strategies for how public libraries can be better prepared to assist their community

These presentations are archived on the Florida State University website: http://www.ii.fsu.edu/hurricanes/archive.html

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