Weathering the Twitter Storm

Early Uses of Social Media as a Disaster Response Tool for Public Libraries During Hurricane Sandy

  • Sharon Han University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana


After a disaster, news reports and online platforms often document the swift response of public libraries supporting their communities. Despite current scholarship focused on social media in disasters, early uses of social media as an extension of library services require further scrutiny. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recognized Hurricane Sandy as one of the earliest U.S. disasters in which first responders used social media. This study specifically examines early uses of Twitter by selected public libraries as an information tool during Sandy’s aftermath. Results can inform uses of social media in library response to future disasters.

Author Biography

Sharon Han, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Student | MLIS 2019


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How to Cite
Han, S. (2019). Weathering the Twitter Storm. Information Technology and Libraries, 38(2), 37-48.