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RESILIENT Workshops: Home

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.

Disaster Planning Working Group - Looking for members

You saw the presentation. You have the tools. Now let's make some plans!  Join colleagues from around New York to dig into the Risk Assessment Planning Worksheet and the COOP plan from the Developing RESILIENT Libraries webinar. Join Sarah Holsted, workshop moderator, for informal, one-hour sessions on zoom. Even if you missed the webinar, you can join.

Attend a meeting:
Contact Sarah for zoom connection details.

Thursday, Oct 22, 11:00 am-12:00 pm


What can I do on this site?

Register for the workshops - See the schedule below and in the Announcements column.

Download worksheets for your library disaster plan - Click the tabs for each workshop.

Find resources to help your community be prepared - and resilient.

Become a community resource - complete the Disaster Information Specialist course

Be a RESILIENT Library

Six Steps to Becoming a RESILIENT Library

1. Prepare library facility and staff:
Complete the Risk Assessment Planning Worksheet and the Continuity of Operations Plan.
Staff attend the Self-Care webinar.

2. Make a communications plan to keep library website, online resources, and social media accessible and updated.

3. Inform elected officials of your capabilities

4. Develop a relationship with community emergency responders

5. Work with other community partners:
Complete the Learner Guide to Identifying Community Assets.

6. Help prepare your community for a disaster
Read these checklists

RESILIENT Workshops Schedule

Workshop 1: Opening Session: Developing RESILIENT Libraries – Thursday, October 1, 2020, 2-3:30

Workshop 2: Self Care, Self Defense & De-escalation – Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 10:30-12

Workshop 3: Planning for Extended Electrical Outages – Monday, November 9, 2020, 1-2:30pm

Workshop 4: Planning for emergencies and disasters: Public Health – Dec 2020

Workshop 5: Communication skills and disaster communication plans – Jan 2021

Workshop 6: Wrap-up – Participant presentations – Feb 2021


This project will help libraries develop plans to respond to emergencies besides a pandemic. There are three components:
a) support for library staff to receive CE credits from the NLM Disaster Information Specialist Program;
b) self-paced planning modules that combine regional disaster-planning resources and NLM content;
c) a series of online presentations on topics such as crisis communication and the role of libraries during a disaster in their communities.
The audience for this project are library directors, operations managers, and library staff from public, academic, hospital, and school libraries  in the Southeastern region. The project begins in August 2020 and will run through April 2021.

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.

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
21 South Elting Corners Road | Highland, NY 12528
Phone: (845) 883-9065