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Archive for December, 2006

Meeting the Information Needs of a Diverse Group through Access and Literacy

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

Article by Rose M. Jackson, MLIS
Portland State University

In July 2005, Portland State University received an Express Outreach Award to develop a consumer health collection for the clients and staff of Outside In, a social service agency, located less than five blocks from the campus. After several consultations, the clinic staff at Outside In, felt that a targeted collection aimed at the Transgendered Communities would be the best usage of the award. Within the past five years, Outside In medical clinic has experienced a significant increase in the number of gender queer, Transgendered, and questioning youth and homeless people using their services. (more…)

Health Literacy Project in Seattle

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Article by Joanne Rich, MLIS
University of Washington Helath Sciences Library

From April 2005 through June 2006, a research project entitled “Evaluating and Promoting Health Literacy in Recovering Addicts and Alcoholics” was conducted at the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) in Seattle, Washington. The aim of the research project was to assess and promote health literacy in recovering addicts and alcoholics and to promote health interventions that can be integrated into the development of long-term recovery plans. A secondary goal was to share experiences and lessons learned with others working with this population in support of long term recovery. (more…)

NN/LM & MLA Announce Availability of Distance Learning

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

More opportunities to learn at your desktop! Try these FREE distance learning classes from NN/LM, available in 2007. Classes are led by an instructor and are asynchronous in delivery, allowing flexibility in adapting your schedule to training. Most are using open access software called Moodle as the platform. Moodle is a course management system similar to Blackboard or WebCT.

To register for any of these classes, please contact the instructor via e-mail. Registration will be held on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes will each be offered a minimum of two times in 2007.

Basics of Electronic Document Delivery
Description: This course will help health sciences library staff make decisions regarding whether to provide electronic document delivery, and what software and equipment should be acquired. It will also provide information on how to work with different file types and how to determine whether a library’s electronic publications can be used in electronic document delivery.
Instructor: Andrea Ryce (NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region)
E-Mail: rycea@u.washington.edu
Starting: February 2007
Length: Four weeks
Students: Currently limited to 10
MLA CE Contact Hours: to be determined
**February class full; registrations no longer being accepted**

Caring for the Mind: Providing Reference Services for Mental Health Information
Description: Participants will develop an increased awareness of mental health issues and cultivate their reference skills in the context of mental health information including enhanced knowledge of resources and ability to handle emotional patrons.
Instructor: Michelle Eberle (NN/LM New England Region)
E-Mail: michelle.eberle@umassmed.edu
Starting: February 2007
Length: Four weeks
Students: Currently limited to 10
MLA CE Contact Hours: to be determined
**February class full; registrations no longer being accepted**

From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet
Description: This course will introduce participants to issues surrounding the quality of health information resources on the Internet. A set of recommended criteria to evaluate health information will be provided.
Instructor: Gail Kouame (NN/LM Pacific Northwest Region)
E-Mail: gmarie@u.washington.edu
Starting: February 2007
Length: Three weeks
Students: Currently limited to 10
MLA CE Contact Hours: to be determined
**February class full; registrations no longer being accepted**

¿No Comprende?
Description: This course covers resources for learning basic, library, medical, and Internet Spanish vocabulary, along with the evaluation and identification of health websites in Spanish.
Instructor: Sheila Snow-Croft (NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region)
E-Mail: ssnowcro@hshsl.umaryland.edu
Starting: February 2007
Length: Two Weeks
Students: Currently limited to 10
MLA CE Contact Hours: to be determined
**February class full; registrations no longer being accepted**

NLM Gateway
Description: This class is designed to teach students how to use the National Library of Medicine Gateway.
Instructor: Maureen Czujak (NN/LM National Training Center & Clearinghouse)
E-Mail: mczujak@nyam.org
Starting: March 2007
Length: 1/2 day
Students: Currently limited to 15
MLA CE Contact Hours: to be determined
**February class full; registrations no longer being accepted**

Nursing on the Net: Health Care Resources You Can Use
Description: This course is designed for librarians responsible for information services to the Nursing and Allied Health professions. Participants will learn to use and evaluate web based health information resources, find online news services, continuing online education courses, and consumer health web sites. Participants will also learn to use the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed and MedlinePlus databases.
Instructor: Tammy Mays (NN/LM Greater Midwest Region)
E-Mail: tmays@uic.edu
Starting: March, 2007
Length: Four weeks
Students: Currently limited to 10
MLA CE Contact Hours: to be determined
**February class full; registrations no longer being accepted**

Thinking Like An MBA: Time, Money, Resources, and Change Management in the Library
Description: As not-for-profit institutions adopt more business practices and processes, librarians need to be more knowledgeable about adapting to these current strategies. The class covers the basics of Project Management, its three components, time , money, and resources, as well as change management.
Instructor: Marty Magee (NN/LM Midcontinental Region)
E-Mail: mmagee@unmc.edu
Starting: Feb. 2007
Length: Four weeks
Students: Currently limited to 10
MLA CE Contact Hours: to be determined
**February class full; registrations no longer being accepted**

For more online learning opportunities, visit the MLA CE Institute Web-based Courses and Offerings webpage.

Professional development reading – at your desktop!

Friday, December 15th, 2006

The NN/LM PNR Lending Library has recently grown by 23 new titles. Our new NetLibrary collection includes titles in marketing, evidence-based medicine, evaluation, and licensing and copyright, to name a few. You can view the full list of titles here: NN/LM PNR NetLibrary Collection.

The titles in the NetLibrary collection are accessible online, anytime and anywhere, but they are not downloadable. However – pages from the titles can be printed, page by page, and sections of text can also be copied and pasted.

Access is available with your network membership. Please email nnlm@u.washington.edu to request a username and password. And remember – we still have ‘real’ books available for circulation! Items circulate for two weeks and postage is prepaid by the RML.