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Disaster Information Specialization Continuing Education Courses

Continuing education in a Disaster Information Specialization program is available from the Medical Library Association (MLA), through a project funded by the Disaster Information Management Research Center at the National Library of Medicine. An overview of the program is available at The curriculum outlines five required courses (15 continuing education contact hours total) at the Basic level and an additional 12 hours for Advanced. If you are interested in reviewing and commenting on the curriculum for the specialization, please request a copy from Kathleen Combs.

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The course Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics is available now, free and online at The course is a recording of Robin Featherstone presenting online in September 2011. Students can earn 1.5 MLA continuing education contact hours for viewing the course.

Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics will also be presented by Robin Featherstone on Saturday, May 19th, 1-5 pm, in Seattle, WA, in a classroom setting. There is no cost to register for this course, described at The course is open to anyone and awards MLA contact hours. Registration for this course is through the MLA Annual Meeting registration page at You can attend the course whether or not you register for the annual meeting. Enrollment is limited to 20.

An additional five new courses will be announced next week. Two of the new courses will be offered in a classroom setting on Thursday, May 24th, in Seattle, WA. Registration for the May 24th courses will be announced soon. Courses will also be offered in June, July and August; times and locations will be announced in April.

If you have any questions about the planning of the Disaster Information Specialization program, please contact Kathleen Combs, Director, Professional Development, MLA, at 312-419-9094 x29 or

Submitted by Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Specialized Information Services Division
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892-5467

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