Providing Library Services in Times of Disaster: a roundtable discussion

Date and location (choose one):
July 27, 2009, CLRC, Syracuse
July 28, 2009, Mid-York Library System, Utica
Deadline to register is July 21, 2009.

Time:    Noon – 3:00

Syracuse roundtable

  • Cristina Pope, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Kristine Delany, Crouse Hospital
  • Angela Thor, Medical Circuit Librarian

Utica roundtable:

  • Deborah Hailston, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare
  • Gale Barone, Rome Memorial Hospital
  • Wanda Bruchis, Mid-York Library System

Fee: $25 members**; $35 non-members. Lunch will be provided.

Description:  Disasters happen.  Libraries, like other organizations serving the community, strive to continue service in difficult times, often under challenging conditions and may be one of the only institutions open to the public. The goals of this roundtable are to:

  • recognize and explore the services libraries can offer to the community in the event of disaster,
  • understand the importance of risk assessment for your geographic area,
  • discuss the importance of “backup” or cooperative libraries,
  • explore the unique role medical libraries play in providing important data to hospitals when systems are down.

Participants will view a recording of the MLA webcast, Survival Tips and Stories: Expanding the Library’s Services in Times of Disaster, originally shown in November 2008.  While the webcast primarily outlines the role of medical libraries in times of disaster, there are important lessons all types of libraries can use when preparing themselves to continue service during times of crisis.  Panelists and participants will share their experiences providing library services during disaster recovery.


**In order to qualify for the CLRC’s DHP organization rate: you must represent a nonprofit organization, such as an archives, library, historical society, museum or other organization, that holds, collects and makes available historical records (i.e.: local history collections, manuscript and photograph collections, organizational records, etc.); and your organization must be located within the CLRC region of Onondaga, Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties.

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