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Disaster Information Specialization Sponsorship

Description of Award

The Disaster Information Specialization sponsorship program supports the mission of the Network of the National Library of Medicine to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public's access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health.


Libraries play many roles in their communities, and they have a critical role to play in disaster preparation and recovery. In order to prepare library staff to work with local, state, and federal responders, the GMR is providing the opportunity for librarians in the Greater Midwest Region to obtain the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization for free! Coursework for the Disaster Information Specialization will help your library build and develop essential relationships before a disaster strikes.

The Disaster Information Specialization certificate is provided by the Medical Library Association (MLA) in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine (NLM). In order to apply for the MLA certificate, you must have completed a minimum of 15 CE coursework in disaster preparedness. response, and recovery. Classes are offered for free through multiple resources, including the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), NLM, NNLM, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

  • Any library staff member or library student in the GMR Region who is interested in learning about the role of libraries in disaster information planning and recovery.
  • Recipient's organization must be an NNLM Network Member.
  • Those seeking a Basic level certificate or a renewal of their Basic or Advanced certificate in Disaster Information Specialization.


Application Instructions: 

To apply for sponsorship please complete the application. If you have any questions about the application or funding please contact Miles Dietz-Castel, 319-353-4479. We look forward to funding your certificate.

Professional Development
Organization Type: 
Academic Institution
Clinic/Other Health Care
Community Based
Community College
Health Sciences Library
Public Library
Public Health Organization