Building a Culture of Preparedness: Librarians Lead in Times of Crisis
Libraries’ information and community services take on heightened importance during emergencies and natural disasters. Following devastating flooding/hurricanes in the south, a team of researchers undertook three studies to investigate emergency preparedness, communication, and health resources. Hear about findings which 1) may help libraries plan for disasters, 2) Can help build leadership skills and competencies within staff, and 3) Highlight access and literacy deficiencies in order to better inform resource offerings. Learn about how the team is gathering resources to help build a “culture of preparedness” and what future research is being planned.
April HobbsAdult Services Librarian, Charleston County Public Library
Denise LyonsConsultant, Denise Lyons Consulting
Dr. Feili Tu-KeefnerAssociate Professor, University of South Carolina