State Librarian Podcast – March 25, 2014: One Page All Libraries (OPAL)

opalpodcastOn March 25th State Librarian Mary Chute’s podcast discussion focused on One Page All Libraries (OPAL), a service continuity plan for libraries that helps you get your services up and running again, as quickly as possible, after a disaster. Mary was joined by Michele Stricker, NJSL’s Associate Director of Library Support Services, along with special guest, Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the National Network Libraries of Medicine Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative.

Guests included:

  • Dan Wilson, Coordinator for the NN/LM Emergency Preparedness & Response Initiative
  • Michele Stricker, Associate Director, Library Support Services, NJSL
  • Anne Wodnick, Library Director, Gloucester County Library System
  • Jennifer Cohen, Project Director, Lodi Memorial Library (Bergen County)
  • Laura Rifkin, Director, Township of Washington (Bergen County)

Participants learned about the State Library’s Continuity of Business planning activities, and will also hear from the three libraries that were awarded community outreach grants from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR). Find out how these libraries will be using the funding for their community disaster preparedness programs.

The winning library programs and awarded amounts include:

  • Lodi Memorial Library: Teaching Children Disaster Safety with Disaster Hero ($1,500)
  • West Deptford Free Public Library: OPAL for Libraries in LOGIN (Libraries of Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties Information Network) ($3,000)
  • Township of Washington Public Library: Safe from the Storm ($4,500)

Attachment: PodcastEpisode27.mp3 – 52.01 MB

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About Tiffany McClary

Tiffany McClary is the Director of Communications, Marketing & Outreach for the New Jersey State Library, where she coordinates marketing and public relations initiatives that enhance the reputation of the State Library and promote the value of NJ libraries and the services and programs that they provide to residents.