This could be you! NLM resources help librarians prepare for and respond to disaster

The people in these photos are not responding to a real disaster—but they could. They are real emergency planners, real firefighters … and real librarians, who know how to support the disaster workforce with critical health information.

Put yourself in the picture! Take one of the updated and enhanced NLM disaster health information courses. These free, online, self-paced courses allow you to earn continuing education (CE) credits from the Medical Library Association, and can lead to an MLA Disaster Information Specialization certificate:

  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
  • US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
  • Information Roles in Disaster Management
  • A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders
  • Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context
  • CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives): Health Information Resources

For more information about the courses:

The courses are part of the NLM Disaster Information Specialist program, which facilitates a network of librarians and information professionals ready to take on the role of “information first responder” in their communities. The program comprises three parts:

  • Online training courses
  • Monthly webinars
  • Connecting with others through email and social media

Learn more about how the Disaster Information Specialist program can support you and connect you to like-minded information professionals.

By Robin Taylor, ICF contractor in support of NLM Disaster Health, and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, librarian, NLM Disaster Health