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Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Online from: 1973

Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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Bioterrorism alert: reference and literature support for the CDC Director’s Emergency Operations Center (DEOC) and investigative field teams


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Title:Bioterrorism alert: reference and literature support for the CDC Director’s Emergency Operations Center (DEOC) and investigative field teams
Author(s):Robert Swain, (CDC Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.), Kathleen B. Oliver, (CDC Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.), Jocelyn A. Rankin, (CDC Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.), Jason Bonander, (CDC Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.), John W. Loonsk, (CDC Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.)
Citation:Robert Swain, Kathleen B. Oliver, Jocelyn A. Rankin, Jason Bonander, John W. Loonsk, (2004) "Bioterrorism alert: reference and literature support for the CDC Director’s Emergency Operations Center (DEOC) and investigative field teams", Reference Services Review, Vol. 32 Iss: 1, pp.74 - 82
Keywords:Emergency services, Information management, Information services, Librarians, Public health, Terrorism
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/00907320410519496 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is developing and supporting various strategies for emergency bioterrorism preparedness and response. To assist response teams, an informationist participated in preparedness teamwork and developed an electronic reference library with books, journal articles, and CDC documents. This laptop reference library was structured to be completely autonomous but also updatable. The library was tested during an FEMA emergency response exercise that included the informationist librarian. The majority of response team members agreed that both the reference library and librarian were valuable during an emergency response. The exercise emphasized the response team’s need for information and a librarian to find the right information at the right time.



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