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MAR Can Help You Earn a Disaster Information Specialization

Posted by on September 6th, 2014 Posted in: The MAReport

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Missy Harvey, Technology and Communication Coordinator

The Medical Library Association (MLA) and National Library of Medicine (NLM) have joined together to offer a Disaster Information Specialization Program. It’s an opportunity for you to acquire knowledge and skills to support your institution and community in times of disaster or public health emergencies. MLA awards a basic or advanced certificate for completion of courses and other activities as part of the Specialization. Superstorm Sandy

The program is available for anyone who plays a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery, such as:

  • Librarians
  • Information professionals in any setting
  • First Responders
  • Health Professionals
  • Public Health Workers
  • Emergency Managers
  • Community Volunteers


Disaster-Related Classes

NN/LM MAR will be offering free online courses to help you earn your specialization. We have outlined our proposed courses for September 2014 – April 2015:

September 25, 2014

October 8 and 9, 2014

December 12 and 19, 2014

January 14 and 15, 2015

February 20, 2015

March 5, 2015

April 17, 2015


Disaster Sites to Help Your Organization

Disaster Specialization Details

Includes details about the program, certification, additional courses not listed here, etc. http://disaster.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterinfospecialization.html

MAR Disaster Brochure

Includes mobile apps, helpful resources from NLM, a printable disaster brochure, as well as games for kids of all ages                                                                         http://nnlm.gov/mar/training/disaster_trifold.pdf

MAR Disaster Information Resources

Includes a wealth of disaster-related resources to help you, how to contact MAR to assist you in a disaster, and much more http://nnlm.gov/mar/emergency.html

Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC)

NLM’s Center with links to databases, bibliographies, tutorials, and other scientific and consumer-oriented resources about disaster health topics http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc.html

Natural DisasterWe hope you will decide to join us for one or more of the above classes. If you have questions about assisting with your disaster-related initiatives or other issues, please contact us at nnlmmar@pitt.edu or (800) 338-7657.

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Hannah Sinemus is the Web Experience Coordinator for the Middle Atlantic Region (MAR). Although she updates the MAR web pages, blog, newsletter and social media, Hannah is not the sole author of this content. If you have questions about a MARquee or MAReport posting, please contact the Middle Atlantic Region directly at nnlmmar@pitt.edu.

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This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System.

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