DISASTER INFORMATION SPECIALIZATION
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NOTE: All specialization courses are offered at no cost.
The MLA Disaster Information Specialization provides training and recognition for librarians and other professionals who rely on information for their work in disaster preparedness and response.
The specialization, developed by MLA and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), trains professionals to access, use, and manage information to support their institutions and communities in planning for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies and disasters.
The MLA awards a disaster information specialization certificate for completion of a series of courses and other activities.
The Basic Level requires 15 CE credits of training.
Required courses (descriptions below):
You have three years to gather the credits needed to apply for the Basic Level of the Specialization. The Basic Level is valid for three years. To keep your Specialization valid, you must take eight credits every three years.
We recommend that individuals with the Basic Specialization use their three years to acquire the Advanced Level Specialization instead of maintaining Basic Level status. This requires only 12 more credits.
The Advanced Level require a total of 27 CE credits:
You can complete all the Advanced Level requirements in three years, or you can complete the Basic requirements in three years and take up to an additional three years to take 12 more credits for an Advanced Level.
You have three years to gather the credits needed to apply for the Advanced Level of the Specialization. The Advanced Level is valid for three years. To keep your Advanced Level of the Specialization valid, you must take eight CE credits every three years.
For the Basic Level certificate, complete six additional CE credits from the courses below.
If you have the Basic Level certificate, complete 12 additional CE credits for your Advanced Level certificate.
Additional courses can be located at the resources listed below. If you want to receive MLA CE credit for the courses below, fill out an Individual Participant Request (IPR) form from MLA.