Librarian Receives Grant to Explore Librarians’ Role in Disaster Management

Brian Bunnett (Chair, Public Services Department) has received a grant of $23,666 from the National Library of Medicine to examine the role of librarians in disaster management and emergency response. Brian will serve as the Principal Investigator of the grant and Dr. Dorene Hojnicki, Director of the Vigo County Emergency Management Agency, will act as the Investigator.

Brian has already begun attending meetings of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security District 7 Task Force and ISU’s Emergency Response Team, and will soon join other local cognate groups. At these meetings he will conduct surveys, focus groups, selective interviews, and critical incident analyses to determine the information and training needs of disaster management and emergency response personnel. Training sessions highlighting various National Library of Medicine resources are expected to follow.

The grant allocates $9,000 for the purchase of disaster management monographs and other resources that will be added to the collection of the CML and $3,000 for travel to the 2015 Preparedness, Emergency Response, and Recovery Consortium and Exhibition in Orlando most notably.