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Grey Literature Resources to Support Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery

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September is National Preparedness Month. Join us to learn about Grey Literature and how it can be helpful during evolving situations.

What is Grey Literature? How do you find it? And how can it help during emergency preparedness, response and recovery? This session will introduce participants to the concept of Grey Literature, its uses and resources for finding it. This session will also include a live demonstration of one resource for finding Grey Literature related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery.


  • Define grey literature and list three examples.
  • List an example of a non-traditional source for grey literature.
  • Identify resources to search for grey literature.
  • Describe how grey literature can help during emergency preparedness, response and recovery phases.

Cecilia Vernes, MS-LIS, is the Education Coordinator for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) Public Health Coordination Office (NPHCO) based at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts. She creates, disseminates, and delivers courses and content for the 27 Public Health Digital Library (PHDL) program public health departments as well as the NNLM. Recent courses include, “Grey Literature for Epidemiologists” and “True North: Navigating Your Way to Freely Available Public Health Resources” which will both be offered again soon. Her previous experience includes consulting in healthcare informatics, working as a library liaison for the surgical video journal JoMI and a career in financial services IT as a Database Administrator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in French from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Drexel University.

Sponsored by The National Network of Libraries of Medicine- Middle Atlantic Region, a designated provider of contact hours (CECH) in health education credentialing by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., this program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to .75 total Category I contact education contact hour. Advanced level continuing education hours are 0.

This session will NOT offer MLA CEs.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National, MAR, NER
Sep 9, 2020
2:00PM - 2:45PM ET
Cecilia Vernes, Education Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 

In this series of webinars, NNLM will host a guest speaker to discuss a health information topic relevant to the public health workforce. Held on the second Wednesday of every other month at 2:00pm EST, these 45 minute sessions aim to provide the public health workforce with new resources, skills to locate high quality health information or knowledge of health information topics.