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Disaster Stories Posted to the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Last year, several librarians from across the United States generously shared their personal stories about disaster or emergency situations that affected library operations with National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow Robin Featherstone. As was originally planned, a Web site has been created to provide a platform for sharing these stories. The site includes an individual link for each of the stories, the ability for others to comment on posted stories, and a Google map, which will help visualization of the diversity among the stories. By clicking on each of the individual icons on the Google Map, you will be linked to the individual stories. The Library Disaster Stories site is a part of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit and can be found here:

A “Submit Your Own Story” function will be added shortly which will open up the possibilities of this site. The National Library of Medicine is very appreciative of the librarians who have shared their stories and hope that this site will encourage others to share their experiences.

If you have questions about the site or the submission of stories, you may contact Dan Wilson (editor of the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit) at or Susan Yowell (project assistant) at

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