Monday, June 8, 2009

Professor Charles R. McClure Named as Hurricane Expert

Charles R. McClure, director of the Information Use Management & Policy Institute (Information Institute) and Francis Eppes Professor at the College of Information, Florida State University (FSU) has been named an expert on hurricane preparedness, response and recovery. The announcement was made by Florida State University’s as an effort to formally identify leading national experts in the study of hurricanes and their impact on people and property.

This announcement comes in response to work Dr. McClure and the Information Institute have done on a project supported by a $311,440 grant awarded by the Florida Catastrophic Storm Risk Management Center at Florida State University’s College of Business to assist public libraries and local communities to better plan for and respond to hurricanes. This project, entitled Hurricane Preparedness and Response for Florida Public Libraries, reveals the critical support roles of libraries during disaster response and recovery.

This announcement was made on May 28: Hurricane Experts at Florida State University. For further information on this project, please contact Charles R. McClure at the Information Institute.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Arrival of Hurricane Season!

Florida State aiding public libraries in hurricane preparedness and response

With the arrival of hurricane season on June 1, Florida's public libraries have a vital role to play in helping their communities prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other severe storms. The Florida State University's Information Use Management & Policy Institute at the College of Information has unveiled a new Web site that will help libraries meet the challenge.

The institute is coordinating a project that brings together emergency response agencies, the State Library and Archives of Florida, the Lyrasis library network and Florida's libraries to share resources and hard-won wisdom. The project's Web site, <>, identifies key service roles, best practices, tools and resources that enable better use of the public library in community hurricane preparation and recovery. It includes checklists of steps librarians can take to provide better service to their communities.