Special guests included Susan Quinn, MLIS, CPM, Library Director, Ocean County Library (NJ) and Leslie D. Terjesen, Public Information Officer Coordinator, Office of Public Information, Education and Outreach, Ocean County Health Department who experienced Superstorm Sandy first hand. During their presentation, ‘Partners in Rebuilding: Libraries, Community Partners and Emergency Responders’, they discussed their experiences and lessons learned from collaborative disaster response and recovery efforts involving Ocean County libraries and area emergency managers.
Improving Access to Disaster Health Information’, Michelle Burda, MLS, Education and Health Literacy Coordinator for National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region and Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS, Health Sciences Librarian, National Library of Medicine(NLM), Specialized Information Services Division, Disaster Information Management Research Center(DIMRC) highlighted resources from the NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center that apply to the mitigation and preparedness; response and recovery phases for emergency planners, first responders, librarians, or any organization involved with disaster planning, response, and/or recovery. This presentation included information about the Disaster Information Specialization, developed by Medical Library Association and the NLM. The program trains individuals in providing access to information for disaster and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery supporting their institutions and communities throughout the disaster/emergency cycle. Specialization is open to librarians and other interested professionals.
This was followed by a panel discussion ‘Emergency Planners: Opportunities for Libraries’. Panelist included Dave Carpenter, Coordinator of Emergency Management, New Castle County, George Giles, Director, Office of Emergency Management, City of Wilmington, Joe Thomas, Director, Emergency Management, Sussex County, Tim Cooper, Director, Office of Preparedness, Delaware Division of Public Health, Joshua L. Kelly, Operations Planner, Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Dan Wilson, a specialist in disaster planning for libraries. Dan lead the panel in assessing each planner’s role in a disaster; their vision of how libraries and library staff can support their efforts in mitigation and preparedness, response and recovery; and strategies to put into place to build Delaware’s community resilience before an emergency happens.