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Earn the Disaster Information Specialization

Posted by on April 8th, 2020 Posted in: Continuing Education, Emergency Preparedness and Response

One of the core competencies in disaster health is to be able to “communicate effectively with others in a disaster or public health emergency, including identifying authoritative sources for information and strategies for appropriate sharing of that information.” Earning the Disaster Information Specialization gives you new, marketable skills that can help you advance your career and support your institution and community in times of disaster and public health emergencies.

And remember, NNLM SEA sponsors the DIS application fee for the Basic and Advanced Levels for our members, including renewals!

What is DIS?

The MLA Disaster Information Specialization, or DIS, provides training and recognition for librarians and others who rely on information for their work in disaster preparedness and response.

The specialization, developed by the Medical Library Association and the National Library of Medicine, trains professionals to access, use, and manage information to support their institutions and communities in planning for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters.

Who Should Earn the DIS?

The Disaster Information Specialization is designed for:

  • Librarians, library staff, informationists, and information professionals, including those affiliated with medical, public, academic, special or any other types of libraries.
  • Disaster workforce members, including health professionals, allied health professionals, public health workers, first responders, emergency managers, community volunteers, and others who play a role in health-related disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

DIS Training Plan

For a detailed plan on required courses, visit the Disaster Information Management Research Center


NNLM sponsors the DIS application fee for the Basic and Advanced Levels, including renewals. Once you’ve completed the necessary coursework, contact Tony Nguyen.  

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