In this presentation, Dr. Chris Hagar of the San Jose State University School of Information and Dr. Karen Brown of the Dominican University School of Information Studies discuss the Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement (PLACE) project. More information at http://ischool.sjsu.edu/about/news/detail/dr-christine-hagar-presents-international-disaster-conference
Strengthening Community Engagement and Resilience Efforts in Climate Change: Public Program Strategies
STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
AND RESILIENCE EFFORTS IN CLIMATE CHANGE:
PUBLIC PROGRAM STRATEGIES
Chris Hagar, School of Information, San Jose State University
Co-presenter Dr. Karen Brown, School of Information Studies,
Dominican University, IL
Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement (PLACE)
• U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
• Help communities build resilience by increasing environmental literacy specific to their region’s geography
and the associated climate vulnerabilities and threats.
• Target populations:
• Rural and under-resourced communities
• Discussion-based programs for adults
• Co-facilitated by librarian and a NOAA scientist
• Combines readings, videos, and discussions about resiliency and adaptation in the face of climate change
• Understanding of crisis informatics and role of libraries
Crisis Informatics Module…
• What are the key information challenges in a disaster?
• What are the information needs of citizens in disasters?
• What roles can public libraries play in disaster preparedness and
• Heating /cooling center
• Safe haven
• Space for emergency
and volunteer agencies to
convene and coordinate
• FEMA Disaster Recovery
• Distribution center e.g.
food, water, blankets
Getting seat at the table Building partnerships