iSchool Capstone

Building Better: How Libraries Can Be an Integral Part of Helping Their Communities Rebuild After Fires

Project tags:

community engagement & outreach

information behavior & user research

Project poster

Inspired by the Butte County Library (BCL)’s experience with the 2018 Camp Fire, we created ‘Building Better’, a resource website for fire survivor support planning. Most disaster recovery plans lack a survivor support component, so we researched the ways libraries can aid their communities in recovery. We surveyed Camp Fire survivors, interviewed BCL employees, attended library events, spoke with a disaster recovery expert, and researched other libraries’ responses to different types of natural disasters. Libraries can play a vital role in the recovery of their communities after disasters, and ‘Building Better’ can leave them better prepared to aid survivors.

Project participants:

EJ Dowling


Chelsea James