National Library of Medicine Announces New Look for Two Web Sites
Disaster Information Center and Emergency Preparedness and Response Toolkit
The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, announces the redesign of two of its Web resources. The Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) Web pages (http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov) have a new look, as does the site for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit, at http://nnlm.gov/ep.
The DIMRC redesign enhances access to NLM's many diverse resources, which are useful for disaster and emergency readiness, response, and recovery. Emergency responders will find links to the Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER) resource for hazardous materials incidents and the Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM) site. A growing list of guides to online disaster information includes titles such as "Crude Oil Spills and Health," "Special Populations: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness," and "Floods." New features include an A to Z Index, links to the latest articles and reports from PubMed and the Resource Guide for Public Health Preparedness, and news about disaster events, publications, and online resources from both US and international sources. The Center is a part of the Specialized Information Services Division at NLM.
The site now features a cleaner presentation of information and resources, plus Twitter feeds and easier access to weather-related alerts and warnings. A new video tutorial (http://nnlm.gov/ep/toolkit-navigation-video) assists users in navigating the toolkit. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) (http://nnlm.gov) provides the Toolkit for librarians to use in developing emergency preparedness and response plans for their libraries and finding help with handling floods, fires and other incidents that affect a library's buildings, collections and services. The National Network, a service of the National Library of Medicine, coordinates eight regional offices and a network of nearly 6,000 member libraries in the United States. The Toolkit Web site is managed by the University of Virginia Claude Moore Health Sciences Library.