This session introduces participants to the field of “crisis informatics”. It explores the interconnectedness of information, people, and technologies in a crisis (e.g. hurricanes, earthquakes, pandemics) and the intersecting trajectories of social, technical and information perspectives in crises/disasters. The session also examines the important multiple roles that information professionals and librarians can play in crisis preparedness and response.
By the end of this class, students will be able to:
Explain the importance of information pre-, during, and post- a crisis
Recognize the inter-connectedness of information, people and technology in a crisis
Describe the roles information professionals and librarians can play in crisis preparedness and response
Chris Hagar is an independent disaster information consultant. She holds a Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Hagar is an Associate of the Development & Disaster Centre, Northumbria University, UK. Formerly an Associate Professor at the School of Information, San Jose State University, her research focuses on information needs and information seeking in crises; disaster health information, and roles for information professionals in crisis preparedness and response. She has presented at many international disaster conferences, including the United Nations Disaster Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Science & Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework (2016, Geneva).
Hagar, C. (Ed.) (2012). Crisis information management: Communication and technologies. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing.