"Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response"
is an advanced course and part of the Disaster Information Specialization Program.
Barbara L. Folb
Barbara Folb is the public health informationist at the Health Sciences Library
System (HSLS), University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked there
since 1999, serving as outreach librarian from 1999 to 2003, public health librarian
from 2003 to 2009, and public health informationist from 2010 to the present.
During 2008 and 2009, she was a National Library of Medicine Informationist
Fellow. As part of the fellowship she earned her master's in public health in
behavioral and community health sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and
completed a research study on the information needs and practices of disaster
first responders. Folb has enjoyed the opportunity to implement the informationist
model of service, maintaining offices in the library and at the Graduate School
of Public Health. She works closely with the school's Health Resources and Services
Administration funded Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center (PAPHTC), providing
training on information seeking and management topics for public health practitioners
Prior to switching careers to librarianship, Folb earned a bachelor of fine
arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University in music, and a master's in music
performance from Youngstown State University. She taught French horn at the
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, played with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago,
and worked as a freelance musician. She earned her master's in library science
from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. Before joining HSLS, she worked at
Carnegie Mellon University at the Hunt Library and at the Highmark Blue Cross
Blue Shield Corporate Library.
Patricia Reynolds has been the director of the Bishopric Medical Library, Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH), Sarasota, FL, since 2000. Reynolds received her master's of library science from Rutgers University in 1980. With experience in the educational services section of New York University Medical Center Library and a strong passion for computerized information dissemination, she moved to the west coast of Florida in 1995 and established the Ronald Hanson Medical Library and Community Health Information Center at Venice Hospital, Venice, FL. This was followed by a move to Tampa and the American College of Physician Executives, again working with online resources and physicians.
A request from the president of SMH brought her home. SMH is a leader in online computer technology, and a virtual library was the next project to develop. Reynolds has served on the Library Advisory Board of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Reynolds has participated in the National Library of Medicine Disaster Information
Specialist Pilot Project Partners, 2008-2010. During this period, the National
Network of Libraries of Medicine Emergency Preparedness Committee grew to include
physicians and nurses, establish a direct report to the administration, and
set long-term and short-term goals, to name a few successes. The development
of a Sarasota County Coalition of hospitals has begun as well as a coalition
of West Coast Medical Libraries. The development of www.suncoastepic.com is
the ongoing project of the library group. Reynolds's publication of "Disaster
Information Specialist Pilot Project:NLM/DIMRC" in Medical Reference Services
Quarterly, 2010 Oct;29(4):394-404, details the activities that took place during
this pilot project.
For more information, contact Debra Cavanaugh, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312.419.9094 x32.
This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P.
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2014 February 05