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FEMA Recognizes Libraries as Essential Community Organizations

On January 7, FEMA changed its policy to recognize libraries as essential community organizations, thus making them eligible for temporary relocation funding in times of disaster or emergency. Under section 403 of the Stafford Act, which is the statutory authority from which FEMA derives the majority of its policy, only essential organizations are eligible for temporary relocation funding during major disasters through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program.

Good luck, Charlie!

I received a call today from a gentleman named Charlie who lives in British Columbia. He is part of an organization working to build a new library and he wanted to know what type of digital content and new media they should be thinking about when they design their new building. I was caught slightly off-guard, to be quite honest, but the question got me thinking. What comes to mind when you think about technology at your library? How would you answer Charlies’ question?