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In the 2012 Learning Needs Assessment, we learned that there is strong interest in distance learning opportunities, with over 96% of respondents saying that they are definitely or possibly interested in this mode of training. The following section points to various distance learning opportunities, both past and present.

PSR Training Opportunities

Online Classes

PSR regularly offers online classes using Moodle and Adobe Connect. Recent courses include the NLM Resources Update and the Finding Health and Wellness at the Library class about consumer health services. Watch for announcements on our Facebook page, Twitter, our Latitudes & NewsBits blogs and the PSR-News list for dates and times for the sessions.

Midday at the Oasis

PSR hosts this monthly webinar highlighting various topics of interest to health sciences librarians and others. Midday at the Oasis is held the third Wednesday of every month from 1-2PM (Pacific Time). For additional information, go to

NLM Express

This webinar series will provide a fast-track look at new and updated resources from NLM, including activities and scenario-based exercises for participants. Sessions will be conducted on a semi-regular basis, between 4-6 times per year. For the NLM Express schedule, go to the registration page.

Infopeople Webcasts and Webinars

PSR has partnered with Infopeople to present several hour-long webcasts and webinars. The list below is representative of relevant topics for libraries and organizations that provide health information to the public. To view the recent archived recordings or to download handouts, please click on the links below. Older webinars are available by searching the Infopeople website.

Health e-Show Series

  • Operation Health: Resources for Veterans and Their Families (June 13, 2012)
  • Caregiver Resources (January 19, 2012)
  • Technology and Health 2.0 (October 20, 2011)
  • The New MedlinePlus: An In-Depth Look (October 27, 2010)
  • Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff (September 9, 2010)
  • Finding Easy-to-Read and Multilingual Health Information for Your Patrons (December 1, 2008)
  • Health Information for Kids and Teens and Seniors, Oh My (October 28, 2008)
  • Understanding Health Literacy: Why It Is So Important and What Librarians Can Do to Help (August 14, 2008)
  • I Don't Give Medical Advice; I Dispense Quality Health Information (June 19, 2008)
  • Beyond MedlinePlus: Resources That Answer Those Other Tough Health Reference Questions (May 14, 2008)
  • An In-depth Look at MedlinePlus (March 4, 2008)
  • Communicating about Health: Empowering Patrons to Communicate with Their Health Care Providers (December 3, 2007)
  • A Younger Generation of Older Adults: Health Information for Boomers (October 22, 2007)

NN/LM Offerings

Outreach Evaluation

The Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) provides the Outreach Evaluation Workshop Series consisting of four workshops. The goal of the Outreach Evaluation Series is to develop the ability of those who conduct health information outreach projects to gather and use evaluation data for program improvement and decision-making.

NLM Distance Learning Resources

In the section below you will find highlights from NLM's Distance Education Program Resources Web Page.

Other Distance Learning Resources

This section highlights distance learning resources from other trusted organizations.