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*Seeking Disaster Information Continuing Education 
Instructor(s)/**Course Developer(s)*

*Overview*

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is looking for up to five 
continuing education (CE) instructors/instructor teams to develop and 
teach courses on disaster information as part of a project to enhance 
its Disaster Information Specialization project.Each 
instructor/instructor team selected will be responsible for developing 
one new disaster information course.At the end of this project, 5 new 
courses will be added to MLA's specialization. Below are specifics 
regarding this course development project:

 1. To develop the content and materials for a CE course focusing on
    disaster information.We are contracting for two basic courses each 3
    hours in length and three advanced courses each 4 hours in length.
    The instructor will have a liaison from the National Library of
    Medicine (NLM) for content assistance.

Course Titles/Topics (see www.mlanet.org/education/dis/index.html 
<http://www.mlanet.org/education/dis/index.html> for the list of 
individual course topics and content):

     1. Basic 1: /U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health
        Emergencies/ or similar title
     2. Basic 2: /Information Roles in Disaster Preparedness, Response,
        Recovery/ or similar title
     3. Advanced 1: /CBRN and Hazmat Information Resources/or similar title
     4. Advanced 2: See list of suggested topics on MLANET.MLA will also
        consider developer-created course subject.
     5. Advanced 3: See list of suggested topics on MLANET.MLA will also
        consider developer-created course subject.

 2. To present the course both in-person and virtually. Our goal is to
    reach approximately 40 individuals per course with the various
    presentations.

 3. In-person courses:
     1. The two basic courses will take place on Thursday, May 24^th
        directly following MLA's Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.
     2. The three advanced courses will take place with local library
        groups.MLA is currently negotiating local venues for hosting the
        courses.We plan to host one advanced course per month in June,
        July and August 2012.
     3. In-person courses should include student interaction beyond the
        standard Q&A session.

 4. Virtual courses:
     1. The virtual courses would need to be taught during the summer of
        2012.Our current virtual hosting schedule is:

i.June 2012: Basic 1

ii.July 2012: Basic 2 and Advanced 1

iii.August 2012: Advanced 2 and 3

     2. The virtual course should include a minimum of 3-4 hours of
        online instruction with student interaction.The course should
        include live, virtual presentations and a variety of "homework"
        assignments that can include pre and post testing, case studies,
        journal article reading, and other interactive activities.These
        activities may take place before, during or after the live,
        virtual presentation.If needed, MLA would be able to assist with
        the use of their instructional software.

 5. The Scope of Work for Course Developers from NLM (MLA's project
    partner) is located on MLANET (see
    www.mlanet.org/education/dis/index.html
    <http://www.mlanet.org/education/dis/index.html>).MLA strongly
    encourages developers to read this document before submitting a
    proposal.

 6. MLA will provide a $5,000 honorarium for the development of the
    course.There are also additional funds set aside for honoraria and
    expenses to teach the course both virtually and in person.

*Additional Background Information*

The development and instruction of these courses will be a part of the 
curriculum of MLA's Disaster Information Specialization.This 
specialization is a joint project of MLA and NLM. This program will be 
designed to develop the capacity of librarians and other interested 
professionals to provide disaster-related health information outreach.

Our vision of this specialization is to create a continuing education 
program that will prepare participants to provide disaster-related 
library or information services as part of their ongoing job functions. 
The specialization will offer a curriculum of courses that would allow 
those interested to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to 
support their libraries, institutions and communities with information 
needed for disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

This program would be designed to allow participants the opportunity to 
expand their roles by offering more specialized training in providing 
access to information in times of disaster and emergency.

To find out more about the development of MLA's Disaster Information 
Specialization check out http://www.mlanet.org/education/dis/index.html.

The curriculum for MLA's Disaster Information Specialization already 
includes one basic course entitled "Disaster Health Information Sources: 
The Basics".This course was developed by Robin Featherstone as part of 
MLA's 2010-2011 contract with NLM.To find out more about Robin's course, 
go to http://www.mlanet.org/education/dis/basics.html.

*_Submission Instructions_*

If you are interested in being considered as an instructor(s)/course 
developer(s) for these courses, please send an email to [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.This email should include:

ˇYour name and contact information;

ˇA copy of your resume/CV, including your teaching and course 
development experience;

ˇList the course you would like to develop (Basic 1, Basic 2, Advanced 
1, 2 or 3);

ˇA brief (500-word or less) description of your interest in the project 
including your experience or knowledge of disaster information; and

ˇYour ideas for the course including how you would include student 
interaction and a brief outline of course content.

Your email and any questions should be sent to Kathleen Combs, MLA's 
Director of Professional Development, at [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

Please feel free to send this email on to anyone who you think would be 
interested in this opportunity.


This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P.