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Intensive Two-Day Consumer Health Workshop Series at HAM-TMC Library

The NN/LM SCR will be holding four consumer health workshops in two days at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library on January 15 and 16, 2010.  These workshops are free and open to all.  Please register at http://nnlm.gov/scr/training/.  You do not need to sign up for all four classes to attend.

Friday, January 15, 2010
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Easy to Read Health and Wellness Materials for Consumers
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Super Searcher

Saturday, January 16, 2010
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Grants and Proposal Writing
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

(look below for more information about each class)

All of the workshops in this series are approved for Level II of the Medical Library Association’s Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS).  For more information about the CHIS program go to http://mlanet.org/education/chc/.

Workshop descriptions:

Easy to Read Health and Wellness Materials for Consumers: recognizing it, finding it, writing it, rewriting it.
Friday, January 15, 2010, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn to critique, rewrite and create materials that get your health and wellness information across quickly and clearly. We’ll review the disconnect between information providers and information seekers, the process of educating adults, the success of “plain language” initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, space and layout. For more information, go to http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/easytoread.html Instructor: Cheryl Rowan, Public Health Outreach Coordinator.

Super Searcher
Friday, January 15, 2010, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Frustrated by the lack of good results when searching the Internet?  Would you like to improve your searching skills to get better results?  In this class, we will discuss the history of web searching, how search engines work, tips for expert searchers, the invisible web, and Web 2.0 tools for searching.  For more information, go to http://nnlm.gov/training/supersearcher/ Instructor: Ruicha Mishra, Health Professionals Outreach Coordinator.

Grants and Proposal Writing
Saturday, January 16, 2010, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. 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. For more information, go to http://nnlm.gov/training/grants/ Instructor: Karen Vargas, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator

Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library
Saturday, January 16, 2010, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This hands-on class will help participants to gain awareness of mental health issues.  Participants will learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information.  Websites will be presented on collection development and mental health research.  For more information, go to http://nnlm.gov/training/consumer/caringforthemind/.  Instructor: KK Jiang, Technology Coordinator

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