Webinar to Explore Role of Special Libraries in Disaster Preparedness

NOTE: This Webinar has been postponed indefinitely due to unforeseen circumstances. It will be rescheduled at the earliest available date.

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.

On March 31, SLA will present a one-hour Webinar that addresses this and related issues. The Webinar, “Disaster Preparedness and Response: What Special Libraries Can Learn from the Public Library Experience,” will be led by Christine Hagar, who will draw on her current research into how public libraries can be more involved in community-wide disaster planning and strengthen their role in their communities’ disaster preparedness infrastructure.

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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 informatics. In her Webinar on March 31, she will explore what special libraries can learn from the public library experience in the area of disaster preparedness.

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.).

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