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Webinar to Explore Librarians’ Role in Disaster Preparedness

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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Take Your Library to Your Users

Notwithstanding the ubiquity of information-on-demand technologies such as smartphones and tablets, some people (especially families with young children) still consider the library a destination, not just a resource. They may even integrate library visits into their schedules, designating a certain night of each week as “library night.”

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Ken Klapproth believes that the rise of virtual collections, far from diminishing the value of libraries, actually presents an opportunity for librarians to expand their reach—to become, as he puts it, “more strategic and active participants in the day-to-day activities of their constituents.” The secret, according to his article in Information Outlook, is to treat your collection as a digital information reference platform, one that combines accessibility, functionality, and interactivity in such a way as to allow you to literally take your library to its users.

“Take a page from the playbook of companies such as Starbucks by making the library more than a destination,” he writes. “… More than simply a repository of information assets, [a library] should address patron needs around discoverability and interactivity.”

To read more of what Ken has to say about digital reference platforms, click here.

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‘The Main Thing is That You’re Always Learning’

Denise Chochrek seems to be constantly in motion, even when she’s not riding her recumbent bicycle to support multiple sclerosis research or tooling around with her husband on his motorcycle.

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A full-time information professional (she’s the senior knowledge analyst for PepsiCo), part-time instructor (she teaches business research at the University of North Texas), and tireless volunteer (she’s president of the Information & Research Management Council of the Conference Board and a member of several SLA units), Denise is perpetually in librarian mode. She jokes that she “can’t seem to say no” to requests to serve her profession, but she really sees them as learning opportunities—and learning is something she doesn’t joke about.

“The main thing is that you’re always learning,” she told Information Outlook. “It never stops. Just because you’ve been in a job a long time, if you’re not constantly learning, you’re not staying ahead of the game. You’re going to be left behind, and more than likely you’re going to be one of those people who gets laid off when the economy turns down.”

To read the interview with Denise, click here.

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