Webinar to Explore Librarians’ Role in Disaster Preparedness

Note: This Webinar took place on October 22. To view the Webinar, click here.

The impact that disasters such as Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina can have on communities is clear. Less clear is what librarians and information professionals can do to help prepare for, and respond to, such disasters or contribute to community disaster preparedness and response efforts in general.

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On Thursday, October 22, SLA will present a free one-hour Webinar that addresses this and related issues. The Webinar, “Disaster Preparedness and Response Cross-collaboration: We Are All in This Together,” will be led by Christine Hagar, who will draw on her knowledge of crisis informatics, including her research into how public libraries can be more involved in community-wide disaster planning.

Dr. Hagar is an assistant professor in the School of Library & Information Science at San Jose State University. Her primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of crisis information management.

Dr. Hagar has worked in public and academic libraries in the United States and the United Kingdom in a variety of positions. She has served as head of library development for INASP, an international non-government development organization, and held lecturer positions at the International Centre for Information Management Systems and Services (Poland) and the Department of Information Studies at Northumbria University (U.K.). She has played a prominent role in organizing panels and presenting at the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) Conferences. Dr.Hagar is a member of the U.K.’s Disaster & Development Network.

The Webinar will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. To register for the Webinar, click here.

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