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NN/LM classes are customized for each audience. In addition to the classes listed below, the NN/LM New England Region hosts Communities of Interest webinars for Health Literacy, Healthy Communities, Health IT, the Healthcare Workforce, Knowledge Management, and eScience. NER offers a quarterly Hospital Library Chat with hot topics in hospital librarianship and regional guest speakers. Sign up for our monthly newsletter and take a look at our calendar for upcoming events.

Clinical Trials: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Librarians  (4 MLA CE)

ClinicalTrials.gov is the openly available federal registry and results database of publicly and privately funded clinical studies conducted in the United States and around the world. This Moodle course is divided into three modules that contain PowerPoint lectures, reading assignments, and discussion assignments. (elearning)  (Instructor:  Solomon)

Demonstrating Community Benefit at Your Hospital (1 hour)

What is community benefit? Learn how your library can contribute to your hospital's community benefit, which is a requirment to maintain non-profit IRS status. Many libraries submit community benefit reports and get their library services documented in the hospital's official community benefit report. This program will provide tips how to track community benefit and examples of libraries featured in community benefit reports.

Grant and Proposal Writing  (2, 3, 3.5, 4 MLA CE)

This class, designed for beginning proposal writers, will teach you how to apply for funding opportunities. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan; an evaluation plan and dissemination plan. (face-to-face or webinar) (Instructor: Eberle)

MedlinePlus: Trusted Health Information for You (1 hour)

MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov) is the National Library of Medicine’s website for patients and their families and friends.  It provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere for free.  You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words or view medical videos or illustrations.  You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic and sign up for updates on health topics that matter to you. (face-to-face or webinar) (Instructors:  Eberle, Solomon, Friree)

MedlinePlus Train-the-Trainer (2 MLA CE)

Teach MedlinePlus like a pro! This MedlinePlus train-the-trainer will provide you with all the skills and tools you need to teach MedlinePlus for health professionals, community groups or the public. We will discuss presentation style, techniques and ways to increase class interaction. You will be taken on a guided tour of MedlinePlus with tips how to present each section. We will wrap up with different toolkits and materials that you can freely adapt for your own presentations. (face-to-face or webinar)
(Instructor: Eberle)

National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Information (2 hours)

Come for a guided tour of MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine’s health information site for patients and families.  MedlinePlus includes 900+ health topics in English and Spanish, a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, drug and supplement information, surgery videos, the latest health news, directories and much more.  You will also learn about specialized NLM health information websites and databases for senior health, medicines, dietary supplements, genetics, and environmental health and toxicology.  In addition to an overview of NLM consumer health information resources, the presenter will highlight the latest trends in consumer health and health information literacy. (face-to-face or webinar) (Instructor:  Eberle)

PubMed Basics (1 MLA CE)

To hone basic searching techniques and the ability to develop general search strategies that will take advantage of the various interface access points of PubMed. The difference between PubMed and MEDLINE will be explained. Topics covered include Automatic Term Mapping, Interpreting Search Results, understanding Related Articles, Searching with MeSH, Journal searching (Single Citation Matcher) and establishing a My NCBI account. This one-hour class is an overview to demonstrate using the aforementioned features of PubMed to search effectively. (Instructors:  Friree, Solomon, Eberle)

PubMed Searching Support

  • Do you have any searches you’ve attempted in PubMed that you’ve had difficulty with?
  • Are you unsure why you’re getting the results you are?
Keeping up with the changes and enhancements to PubMed and taking advantage of the full power of the PubMed search options can be challenging.   If you have had difficult searches, questions regarding search strategies, or other issues with PubMed, email them to us and we will show you the solutions in a webinar. We will answer any questions emailed to us prior to the webinar or you can call in with your questions. Please note: This is an unstructured session for searching PubMed. There will not be a formal presentation. Please come prepared with search questions or to listen to others questions. (Instructor: Friree)

PubMed Update

This course provides a review of all new features or changes to PubMed. Course objectives: introduce new features to librarians, provide exercises to learn the features. After the course, participants will be able to effectively use the new features. This course is presented online. (Instructor:  Friree)

PubMed Health (1 MLA CE)

PubMed Health is a new database that provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions.
PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports of selected systematic reviews in one place. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.
PubMed Health is a service provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
This class aims to provide some background on why the database is needed, its content, and how to effectively use it. (Instructor:  Friree)

Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials (4 -6 MLA CE)

This hands-on introductory class will discuss some of the principles of teaching the adult learner, the elements of effective easy-to-read materials elements such as design and layout, and their practical applications. We will also pay close attention to the communication dynamics of providing understandable, easy-to-read health information to consumers and learn to adapt or add resources useful for low-literate adults. Participants will learn more about how adults manage with low literacy skills. We'll review the disconnect between health information providers and health information seekers, the success of "plain language" initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, vocabulary, space and layout. The session covers published material, how to write your own material and ways to partner. Participants should bring pieces they use or some information that needs to be written in an easy-to-read manner. (face-to-face)  (Instructor:  Eberle)

Ten Ways Your Library Can Contribute to Health Literacy (1 hour)

Did you know that the National Action Plan for Health Literacy identifies libraries as a key player in supporting health literacy? Learn about ten ways your library can contribute to health literacy. This program will highlight health literacy resources and practical techniques for libraries to contribute to health literacy. (Instructor: Eberle)


Contact us at nnlm-ner@umassmed.edu to request a class.

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