IMLS Libraries and Disasters
I can assert that this partnership will be of great benefit to our libraries. Coping with dislocation, housing loss, and possibly job losses, communities turn to libraries for information and communication technologies and resources which become central to coordination purposes, social support, and pragmatic resource monitoring.
- How do small and rural libraries respond to disaster events,and particularly, how do they interact with their community members?
- How do libraries use information and communication technologies (ICTs) during and after disaster events to interact with other organizations and institutions also assisting the community?
- What institutional practices contribute to libraries’ resilience during and after disasters even as they contribute to their communities?
This research emphasizes the new challenges accompanying a digital information and resource environment in which displaced community members turn to libraries for assistance with information needs on top of other, perhaps more immediate material needs. Coping with dislocation, housing loss, and possibly job losses, communities turn to libraries for information and communication technologies and resources which become central to coordination purposes, social support, and pragmatic resource monitoring.
One outcome will be a template for developing strategic and enhanced services within stressed communities. The team will offer recommendations that can assist libraries in preparing for the next set of stresses that reach them, whether they are natural disasters or other types of crises.
Dr. Sharon Strover (UT Austin, TIPI) will be presenting on her IMLS Libraries and Disasters research alongside her colleagues Dr. Marcia Mardis (FSU) and Dr. Faye Jones (FSU) on January 26th at 9AM as the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. Co-Constructing Disaster...
At the start of November, our team traveled to Brazoria County, Texas as part of our continued project researching disasters and the role of libraries. In our second trip to Brazoria County for this project, our goal was to perform a “deep dive” to better understand...
The IMLS Libraries and Disasters project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and in partnership with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Florida State University, is tasked with finding out how small and rural libraries contribute...
Press Release: Rural Libraries and Disasters: UT Study Investigates Resiliency in the Digital Environment
AUSTIN, Texas – Researchers with the University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with Florida State University, have received a $258,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to investigate how small and rural libraries contribute to...