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Abstract

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) established the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) in 2008 based on its history of providing health information for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. The NLM long range plan (Charting a Course for the 21st Century: NLM's Long Range Plan 2006-2016) called for creation of a center to show "a strong commitment to disaster remediation and to provide a platform for demonstrating how libraries and librarians can be part of the solution to this national problem". NLM was urged to "ensure continuous access to health information and effective use of libraries and librarians when disasters occur". This article describes the efforts of DIMRC to ensure librarians have access to training to understand their roles in preparedness and response, online and mobile disaster medicine and public health emergency resources are available, and tools are developed to enhance the exchange of critical information during and following disasters.

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