Archive for the ‘Emergency Preparedness’ Category
Friday, July 22nd, 2016
What is a disaster for a library community? Is it a hurricane along the gulf coast, a tornado in the plains of the Midwest, a blizzard in the north? Certainly these situations and a lot more could qualify as disasters to which libraries might respond. A recent post to the Disaster Information Outreach by Librarians email list, <DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB@list.nih.gov>, extended that response to other horrifying events in their communities, Libraries responding to crises.
Libraries can offer community support in more than times of natural disasters. Recent tragic events, such as the killing of police officers in Dallas, can prompt libraries to act. Per Robin Taylor, Disaster Information Resource Center (DIMRC), libraries “can provide information about local events and services, create reading lists and research guides, and offer less-traditional services to their communities in the wake of tragedy.” Robin shares the following articles to stimulate thought about responses to community crises:
Follow the conversation on the Gray & Amundsen post or tweet with the hashtag #librariesrespond. Also, as Robin reminded us, DIMRC offers training through the Disaster Information Specialist program (https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfospecialist.html) and through monthly webinars. To receive more information about disaster information outreach by librarians, consider subscribing to the DISASTR-OUTREACH-LIB Discussion List, please see the following URL: https://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/dimrclistserv.html. You can see the full text of Robin’s post in the LIST archives.
Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Greater Midwest Region
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences
University of Iowa
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) updated the Zika virus resource list on March 7. DIMRC also gathered a list of free resources from publishers for medical responders.
The Flint Public Library continues to respond to the water crisis as reported in Public Libraries Online in the article, Flint Public Library: A Gateway to Critical Information.
Friday, March 4th, 2016
The GMR Office coordinates the Emergency Preparedness program and monitors disasters in the region. Activities are outlined in the report below; this includes the webpage, confirming state Emergency Preparedness coordinators, training, and responses to the Flint water supply concerns and zika. (more…)
Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Includes events on precision medicine (from IOM) and lead and the public health (APHA). Highlights news and resources about journals, what librarians can do, a behavioral health resources and an index on child well-being. (more…)
Thursday, January 28th, 2016
It is predicted that the Zika virus will spread deep into the United States. National Institutes of Heath (NIH) director included a powerful map by Kramer, et al (2015) on the NIH Director’s Blog at: http://directorsblog.nih.gov/2016/01/26/zika-virus-an-emerging-health-threat/.
This virus has been known for a long time, but its apparent dangerous effects have only very recently come to light. The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has taken two immediate steps to help address this threat. First, in a rare move, PubMed has immediately added two new terms to MeSH:
Because these terms are so new, search PubMed using zika[tw] to catch citations with the new MeSH headings, older articles on this topic, and to exclude citations by authors named Zika.
Second, an incident Web page was by the created by the NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus:
This resource list links to a variety of sources such as:
- Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations
- Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents
- Focused resources for pregnant women and for health care providers
- Social media resources for situational awareness
Thursday, September 10th, 2015
By Lori Harding
Coordinator Library Services
Elkhart General Hospital Library
Beacon Health System
The Elkhart General Hospital (EGH) Medical Library, EGH Emergency Preparedness Committee, EGH Education Committee, and the Elkhart Fire Department collaborated to assess the knowledge and use of technology to access disaster management information resources. A single educational session was offered multiple times for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, first responders and other health care personnel in order to improve awareness. Over 400 participants received the training.
NLM awarded the EGH project $29,660 to improve access to these resources through the purchase of hardware and software for the hospital and fire department. Initially used for training, this equipment remains in use at the fire department mounted in the command and in fire trucks for ongoing runs, in the EGH Emergency Department (ED), Library, Pharmacy, Information Systems Department and as part of the Emergency Preparedness charging laptop/iPad cart. The cart will be housed in the ED with the other Emergency Preparedness resources, available to be wheeled outside for hazmat events, command center support, or to set up overflow areas such as the auditoriums. (more…)
Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
The National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center webpage of Disaster Apps and Mobile Web Pages was redesigned using responsive web design, which provides an optimal view across a range of devices – PC, tablet or smartphone. The content on the page automatically resizes and adjusts its content to fit the user’s device. NLM also used responsive design for its Gallery of Mobile Apps and Sites page.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Fran E. Kovach, MLIS, AHIP
Reference & Education Librarian
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
The ILLINOIS RURAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION 23RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE, “Building a Sustainable Future”, was held April 24-26, 2012, at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, Illinois. In rural Illinois, many different mobile devices including iPhones, Androids, BlackBerries, and iPads are the new stethoscopes. Exhibitor immersion in the conference sessions led to discussions of the use of the National Library of Medicine mobile apps and mobile sites in rural communities. TOXNET, Medline Plus Farm Health and Safety, and Wiser NIH all received high praises from the HazMat teams.
Through a NN/LM GMR exhibit award, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Library displayed the new NLM exhibit banner, provided NLM pamphlets, gave out the afghan of “The Curious Herbal” as a booth prize, and offered demonstrations on the iPad of the various NLM mobile sites and apps, including Wiser. After seeing the Wiser demo, a family physician immediately downloaded it onto his iPad. Exhibiting and participating in the annual Illinois Rural Health Association meeting continues to be a worthwhile and rewarding experience.
Monday, April 25th, 2011
By Ann Pederson
Altru Medical Library
Altru Health System
Grand Forks, ND
Use of social media in the face of disasters has added another facet to disaster assistance and information. The staff at the national Red Cross is reviewing their recent survey and finds that Facebook is the fourth most frequent site uses as a means of obtaining emergency information after traditional broadcast sites. Three out of four individuals expect assistance to arrive within the hour after they have posted a message for help in a disaster.
Surprised? The recent symposium conducted by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (more…)
Thursday, January 27th, 2011
By Amy Donahue, MLIS, AHIP
University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library
Back in December 2010, I had the opportunity to attend the free Wisconsin Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) Conference. (Link to brochure: http://emergencymanagement.wi.gov/news/2010/2010_VOAD_Conference_Brochure.pdf). Lodging, lunch, and breakfast were provided for those who traveled more than 50 miles, which included me, and was sponsored through state funding.
I decided to go to the 3-day event after e-mailing the conference organizers to see if it would be appropriate for me to be there as a medical librarian with an interest in disaster information–given that I have no direct relationships with any VOAD member organizations. They encouraged me to come, and it was a great opportunity. The conference was held in Fort McCoy at the Wisconsin Military Academy. (more…)