Title

Health information services and technology access during and after a disaster: Lessons learned by public librarians in South Carolina.

Document Type

Article

Subject Area(s)

Library and Information Science

Abstract

A situation-specific case study was conducted to identify health information services and technology access during and after the October 2015 catastrophic flooding in South Carolina. Using a framework for risk communication preparedness and implementation recommended by public health experts, this study investigates public libraries and their legitimacy as partners of public health agencies during and after a disaster. The methodology includes focus group meetings and a one-on-one interview. Preliminary results reveal essential health information and technology access needs. It is recommended that public libraries be proactively prepared to provide reliable disaster and health digital resources for adult users.