Ports in a Storm: Your Library as a Disaster Recovery Center

When disaster strikes, where can the members of your community go for assistance?
What does your community need in the wake of a hurricane, an earthquake or terrorist attack?
Can you fulfill these needs? Are your staff equipped with information and skills to serve in this capacity?

Are you prepared to answer these questions for *your* library? ASCLA can help!

ASCLA—the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies—is hosting the following preconference at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago:
Ports in a Storm: Your Library as a Disaster Recovery Center
Friday, June 28, 8am-12pm
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL

The valuable content of this preconference is even more relevant in light of the recent emergency events in Boston and in West, Texas. The event connects librarians with the emergency planning community, first responders, public health workers and community-based and faith-based groups with disaster-related responsibilities, and discusses the roles libraries and information professionals can play in supporting future disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts. Unlike other disaster recovery workshops, “Ports in a Storm” emphasizes the community’s needs for disaster recovery.

Library directors, branch managers and reference staff will find this event to be especially valuable.

The New Jersey State Library–the developers of this preconference content–recently ran this event in New Jersey and received rave reviews from FEMA representatives:
–>“You librarians really get it. We couldn’t have done it better ourselves.”>>>> Learn how to best serve your #library community during disaster recovery with @ala_ascla preconference at #ALA2013 http://bit.ly/YRHSFP