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RESILIENT Workshops: Communications and Continuity

The RESILIENT Workshops will support and empower library staff and improve library resiliency in the preparation, response, and recovery phases of an emergency or disaster in their libraries or communities.

Resources for Libraries

Build on what you learned during the presentation. Take the free course developed by Dan Wilson: In Case of Emergencies: Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) course

Also, Dan Wilson's website has links to the COOP course, his publications, and a link to his libguide: Always Ready: Disaster Planning for Libraries.

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) manual (CDC)

CERC Wallet Cards - quick reference for communicators during an emergency (CDC) English, Spanish, French

Webinar Recording - Communications and Continuity Planning

Attend the webinar - for all library workers

Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Time: 2pm-3:30pm
Location: Online Via Zoom
Trainers: Dan Wilson, Librarian, University of Virginia, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Communications & Continuity of Operations during a Disaster: REady Steady In the Library: taking Initiative before an Emergency, Natural disaster, or Trauma

When the unimaginable happens in your library, there may not be time to carefully craft a blurb for the website. But staff, the community that depends on the library, and the emergency responders who can help need to know… something.  In today’s world, having a continuity of operations plan (COOP) is essential as having an insurance policy.

Dan Wilson will discuss and demonstrate how an easy-to-maintain one-page COOP plan will keep preparedness at the forefront and will ensure greater accountability by providing a step-by-step method for consistent response to any type of emergency or service disruption.  All attendees will be provided a template for the one page COOP that can be easily tailored to their setting.

Dan Wilson is the Associate Director for Collections & Library Services at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Library.  He was the Coordinator for the National Network/Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) National Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative from 2007 to 2016, when he facilitated training programs and engagement opportunities around emergency preparedness for libraries, communities, CBHOs, and emergency planners.  Dan has worked with state library agencies in South Carolina, New Jersey, Montana, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia.

Dan has library roots in New York.  He received his MLS from the former School of Library Science at SUNY Geneseo in 1982.  His first library job was filling in for a faculty member on sabbatical at the Dutchess Community College Library, followed by seven years working at the SUNY Canton Southworth Library.

This event is free and open to all library workers.
All participants will receive a certificate for CE Credit.
The webinar will be recorded.


The RESILIENT Workshops and related materials are organized and presented by Southeastern New York Library Resources Council with a Health Information Outreach Award from the National Library of Medicine during 2020/2021.
Developed resources reported in this project are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012342 with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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