June 22, 2011 – Libraries, Social Media and Disaster Management – Mike Huff

June 22, 2011 - Libraries, Social Media and Disaster Management - Mike Huff
Social Media Management
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During catastrophic natural disasters, a nation’s citizens actively seek out information related to health, safety, and official government communications. Libraries need to be poised to provide that information in the event that a crisis strikes their communities. In this presentation, Information Resource Officer (Librarian) Michael Huff reviewed his experience in managing social media communications by the U.S. Embassy Japan and its library during the Tohoku earthquake crisis, from March 11 until April 16, 2011. Putting what he learned in the context of how information has been disseminated in other countries during other crises, Mr. Huff outlined a list of best practices for libraries to consider in planning for natural disasters.

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Mike Huff's Bio:
Michael Huff is an attaché with the U.S. Foreign Service, working as a specialist in library programs. As an Information Resource Officer (IRO), he provides professional guidance to American Information Resource Centers and American Corners throughout Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and the South Pacific. He previously served in Japan, China and Austria.

Prior to his career with the U.S. Department of State, he was the director of the computer services division of a large public library system in Virginia, during which time he also took part in the United States Information Service (USIS) Library Fellow Program in Vietnam. Before becoming professionally involved in library automation and Internet services, he worked as the law librarian for a regional bar association in Virginia.


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