Adult Services Librarian Charleston County Public Library Hollywood, South Carolina
Libraries’ information and community services take on heightened importance during emergencies and natural disasters. Following devastating flooding and hurricanes in South Carolina and Texas, a team from the University of South Carolina’s School of Information and the South Carolina State Library has taken a more concentrated interest in providing emergency preparedness, communication (including crisis communication and social media), and health resources to help libraries and partner agencies better plan for various disasters. Hear how LIS programs and those who provide continuing education can provide the resources and training to strengthen librarians’ abilities to respond in times of crisis. Get a better understanding of how access and literacy issues can inform a library’s potential program and resource offerings. Learn about the findings can better develop leaders at every level, with special emphasis on Inclusive Services and Advocacy, and how the project team’s discoveries and resources to help your community become better prepared for future emergency and weather events.
Participants will be able to understand the findings from the research and how it applies to decision making for a public library’s disaster planning.
Participants will be able to learn about and build competencies and skills desirable for staff to develop leaders at every level during crisis events.
Participants will be able to identify how the project findings support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Participants will be able to learn about the type of communication and resources most important to create in advance of crisis events.
Participants will have access to resources to help their organizations become better prepared for future emergencies and disasters.