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Libraries as Recovery Centers: a free CE opportunity from the GMR

Posted by on August 2nd, 2019 Posted in: Conferences and Meetings, Emergency Preparedness, From the GMR, Funding, Public Health


Are you interested in an amazing opportunity to learn to work with librarians, first responders, health professionals, and the public in emergencies for free?

The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) invites you to attend special training in the field of disaster information and planning at the joint WHSLA*, SWHSL*, and Midwest Chapter MLA Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI, on October 5, 2019. These courses support libraries as recovery centers in their communities. In the morning session, you will learn how your organization can play an important role in making your community more resilient to disasters such as floods, tornadoes, civil unrest, and extreme temperatures. Participants in the afternoon session will develop a disaster response plan with specific actions to put the plan into practice. Attendees are not required to be members of Midwest Chapter MLA, WHSLA, or SWHSL and may attend either or both sessions.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is sponsoring local public librarians, emergency planners and/or responders to attend the training. By attending both the morning and afternoon sessions and working independently to complete the free online required courses, participants will be eligible to earn the MLA Disaster Information Specialist designation, sponsored by the GMR.

The registration fee for one or both of the in-person disaster preparedness classes at Midwest MLA 2019 will be provided by the GMR as a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to local public librarians, first responders, or public health professionals. Only the cost of the sessions for eligible participants will be sponsored–not registration for the conference or travel/lodging costs. Applications must be received by 30 August 2019.

How to Apply
Please complete this form, and we will notify you of acceptance and further instructions for registration.

For more details about the conference, see Midwest Chapter/MLA, WHSLA, AND SWHSL 2019 Annual Meeting.

Contact Jacqueline Leskovec for more information: jacqueline-leskovec@uiowa.edu.

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* Wisconsin Health Science Library Association (WHSLA) and the Southeastern Wisconsin Health Science Library Consortium (SWHSL).

Image of the author ABOUT Jacqueline Leskovec
Jacqueline Leskovec, MLIS, MA, RN is the Network Librarian for NNLM GMR. She is the lead for the Partner Outreach Library Program, Network membership and user accounts, and the GMR website. She has been with the Network since 2005. In addition to being a health sciences librarian, Jacqueline maintains her license as a registered nurse. She telecommutes from her home office in Chicago and attends on-site meetings regularly. She is well acquainted with power tools and will be happy to bore you with details of her many home repair and remodel adventures.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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