The Developing Role of Public Libraries in Emergency Management: Emerging Research and Opportunities

The Developing Role of Public Libraries in Emergency Management: Emerging Research and Opportunities

Michael Mabe (Chesterfield County Public Library, USA) and Emily A. Ashley (Chesterfield County, USA)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: March, 2017|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 119
ISBN13: 9781522521969|ISBN10: 1522521968|EISBN13: 9781522521976|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2196-9


Disasters can happen without warning and cause detrimental damage to society. By planning and conducting research beforehand, businesses can more effectively aid in relief efforts.

The Developing Role of Public Libraries in Emergency Management: Emerging Research and Opportunities is an essential reference source for the latest scholarly information on library engagement in official emergency response and how these institutions can offer community aid in disaster situations. Featuring extensive coverage on a number of topics such as hazard analysis, mitigation planning, and local command structure, this publication is ideally designed for academicians, researchers, and practitioners seeking current research on the role local businesses play in emergency response situations.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Emergency Support Functions (ESFs)
  • Hazard Analysis
  • Library Staff
  • Local Command Structure
  • Mitigation Planning
  • Natural Disasters

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Michael R. Mabe is the Executive Director of the Chesterfield County Public Library in Chesterfield County, VA. Mike has worked in a variety of executive managerial positions include Assistant Director, Dauphin County Library System, Harrisburg, PA; Dean of Library Services, San Juan College, Farmington, NM and Department Manager, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT. He holds a BS from the University of Utah; MPA from Brigham Young University; and an MLIS Brigham Young University. Mike has presented at state and national associations on a variety of topics including, quality management, strategic planning, emergency services, staff training and library innovation. He has also published in the areas emergency services in public libraries and strategic planning. Mike and his wife are the parents of five children and 20 grandchildren. He enjoys woodworking, writing, travelling and being with his grandkids.
Emily Ashley is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Chesterfield County, Virginia. In this role she has served on the Virginia Emergency Management Association Certification Committee and Chair of the Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance. In 2016 members of Chesterfield County’s Mass Care Committee won a National Association of Counties award for the use of libraries and staff post disaster. Before coming to Chesterfield in August of 2011, Emily spent 8 years in various roles of Emergency Management in the Hampton Roads, Virginia. Emily has especially enjoyed emergency management projects related to special needs, catastrophic planning, continuity planning, and mitigation. Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Missouri State University, Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Old Dominion University and professional certification as a Virginia Professional Emergency Manager.