August 11, 2010
Information Institute Research Coordinator Presents on Public Library – Emergency Management Agency Partnerships at OCLC’s WebJunction, August 3, 2010
The Information Use Management & Policy Institute’s (Information Institute) Research Coordinator, Lauren H. Mandel, presented an online webinar to 60 attendees on August 3, 2010 through OCLC’s WebJunction. The webinar provided a brief introduction to the Hurricane Preparedness & Response for Florida Public Libraries web portal, an overview of the eight service roles identified on the portal, an introduction to the new Get To Know Your EOC service role, and a discussion on the importance of partnering with emergency management.
Webinar attendees interacted with the presenter through real-time chats, with discussion focusing on success stories from participants’ libraries on working with local emergency managers and ways to improve these cooperative relationships.
Lauren Mandel noted that with the oncoming hurricane season it is essential for public librarians to be as prepared as possible to assist local communities and partner with their local emergency management offices. Furthermore, the new instructional module on working with your local EOC is an excellent strategy to coordinate services and assist your community. Details on how this can be done are on the Hurricane Preparedness & Response for Florida Public Libraries web portal.