• Connecting the dots: Tennessee's disaster preparedness and the role of information services

      Haley, Jan, M.L.S.; Oelschlegel, Sandy; Wescott, Beth M. (2009-10)
      Question/Objective: The objectives were to raise the awareness of the need for a state-wide disaster plan, teach librarians how to create a successful plan, and formulate Mutual Assistance Agreements throughout the state so libraries could provide reciprocal "back up" for a similar "size and mission" library either in or out of their region to cover essential library services. Setting or Participants: Tennessee health sciences librarians, other types of Tennessee libraries, and individuals interested in disaster planning from across the state. Methodology: A workshop of nationally known experts showed librarians how to create disaster plans, salvage damaged materials, and establish a Mutual Assistance Agreement with a partner library. Findings: The poster will display a map of Tennessee libraries and their corresponding reciprocal partner library. A sample Memorandum of Understanding was developed. Conclusion: This project resulted in numerous plans being posted to the THeSLA wiki and was a vehicle to formalize partnerships with other libraries.
    • Tweet, Share, Post & Blog: Improving Communication in an era of Interdependent Social Media

      Midyette, David; Youngkin, C. Andrew; Snow-Croft, Sheila L. (2013-05)
      Objectives: To initiate an evaluation of a targeted communication policy using social media formats (blog, Facebook, Twitter) and one more traditional format, the email listserv. To improve communication with health science librarians, health care practitioners, and interested parties following the communications of the Southeastern/Atlantic (SE/A) Regional Medical Library.