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

In the aftermath of disasters–natural or human-generated–the library has a very important role to play. We’ve been reminded of this a lot lately, with the Boston Marathon bombings last month, and now the tornadoes in Mooore, Okla.
Your community will have short and long-term needs post-disaster, from internet and power access to job searching and assistance with insurance claims. Librarians and libraries are in a position to help!
=====Have you identified the post-disaster needs of your community? More importantly, are you prepared to respond with the appropriate physical and information resources?=====

We are so thankful that we have experts coming to speak at **our preconference, “Ports in a Storm: Your Library as a Disaster Recovery Center”,** who had to respond to their communities’ needs following Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy last October. They learned a lot, and are ready to share this information with you so that you and your entire library staff are ready to provide vital services in the immediate aftermath of a tornado, hurricane, terrorist attack or other disaster.

**This is a NEW AND INNOVATIVE APPROACH to libraries’ role in disaster recovery, focused on the community.
A previous version of this workshop ran earlier this year and received rave reviews from FEMA representatives at the event.**

You—and your community—can’t afford to miss this preconference!
** Register now. (http://ala13.ala.org/register-now) Event Code: ASC2.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Library directors and branch managers will learn how to position their staff and facility to serve as an unofficial disaster recovery center after an incident, and hear about collaborative projects between librarians and community partners tasked with disaster-related responsibilities. Reference staff will especially be interested in learning about free health information tools and resources developed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) to assist the public after a disaster.

DETAILS: Friday, June 28, 8am-12pm
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL
Registration Rates: $179, ASCLA member. $209, ALA member. $249, non-member. $159, ALA Retired and Student members.
You must register in advance, however you can register for this event without registering for the entire ALA Annual Conference–simply selected “Preconferences and Ticketed Events Only” as your registration type.

** Register for the event now (event code ASC2). (http://ala13.ala.org/register-now)

SPEAKERS at this event have firsthand experience providing these services after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York in late October 2012, and expert knowledge of the subject:
* Thomas W. Galante, president and CEO of Queens Library, Queens County, NY
* Michele Stricker, associate director, Library Development Bureau, New Jersey State Library
* Lori Foley, vice president of emergency programs at Heritage Preservation
* Dan Wilson, associate director for collections and library services at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Library.

** About Us
ASCLA is a small and mighty division of ALA representing a diverse group of librarians that includes consultants and independent librarians; state libraries and the librarians, consultants and staff who work there; library networks, cooperatives, consortia and other libraries and librarians involved in collaboration; and librarians serving special populations such as incarcerated youth and adults and people with all types of disabilities. Learn more about ASCLA membership. (http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/joinascla/joinascla)