Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Webinar: Hurricane Preparedness and Response

Join guest presenter, Lauren Mandel, research coordinator for a new project that identifies and collects key service roles, best practices, tools and resource to make better use of the public libraries for hurricane and disaster preparation and recovery.

The Florida-based project helps libraries reprioritize disaster and recovery efforts to address the needs of the broader community through partnerships with fellow responders and to become a safe haven, a recovery center, information hub and evacuee resource. Come learn how this project can inform your library's disaster preparedness plan and how your library can play an important role in community preparedness and recovery.

Monday, April 26, 2010

McClure Makes Presentation at Texas Library Association

Charles R. McClure, Francis Eppes Professor and Director of the Information Institute, spoke at the Texas Library Association April 17, 2010 in San Antonio. The presentation offered a tutorial on how to best use the website at


The presentation also discussed the applicability of the website's content for hurricane preparedness and response in the state of Texas and other gulf coast states. There was considerable interest in expanding the coverage of the website to have content specific to other gulf coast states.

A number of the participants had been in recent hurricanes that have struck Texas and the fulf coast and offered suggestions and ideas for additional content and resources for the website.

- Information Institute

Thursday, April 15, 2010

2010 Hurricane Season Predicted to be Busy With as Many as 15 Storms

USA Today states, "The Atlantic basin is facing a busier-than-usual" hurricane season, in part because of record warm water in the ocean, according to the latest hurricane forecast."

Read the USA Today story here.

Director Charles R. McClure notes, "Individual Florida public libraries have played important roles in helping their communities to better prepare and recover from hurricanes. The Hurricane Preparedness & Response for Florida Public Libraries project will increase the capacity of all Florida public libraries to better help their communities respond to hurricanes."

- Information Use Management & Policy Institute