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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Upcoming Online Classes

SE/A would like to announce registration for 4 upcoming online classes:

April 28–May 26, 2014: Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts?: Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine (8 MLA CE)

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Participants will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies.

Objectives

  • Have knowledge of the definition and types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
  • Have greater knowledge of the history of CAM and its impact on medical practice.
  • Have greater understanding of usage of CAM.
  • Increase confidence in evaluating health websites
  • Increase skills in avoiding “bad science” found on the Internet or in the news.
  • Become more proficient in searching for evidence of the effectiveness of CAM

CE contact hours count towards Consumer Health Information Specialization from the MLA. Interested participants may register at: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html or contact the class facilitator, Terri Ottosen, at tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

May 02-30, 2014: ClinicalTrials.gov: Results Reporting, Unique Evidence, and the Role of Medical Librarians (4 MLA CE)

This session is only open to participants in the SE/A region (MD, VA, DC, WV, NC, SC, GA, MS, AL, FL, PR & USVI).

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. As of July 2013, ClinicalTrials.gov provided access to more than 149,000 study records and more than 9,500 studies with summary results. ClinicalTrials.gov is a vital resource for researchers, healthcare providers, and health sciences librarians who wish to consult the entire body of evidence on any particular topic. This course is divided into three self-paced modules that each contains a PowerPoint lecture, reading assignments, and a discussion assignment.

  • Module 1 will explain what a clinical trial is and why ClinicalTrials.gov is a significant resource.
  • Module 2 will demonstrate ways to search and interpret studies with results on ClinicalTrials.gov.
  • Module 3 will discuss the number of records with results and the unique position of health science librarians to provide education and to advocate for the results database and submission requirements.

Objectives:

  • Learn about the significance of ClinicalTrials.gov.
  • Search and interpret the results database
  • Be informed about the number of study records with results, and
  • Learn how health sciences librarians can advocate to clinical researchers the importance of complying with the results submission requirements mandated by federal law.

Interested participants may register at: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html or contact the class facilitator, Andrew Youngkin, at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

June 02-27, 2014: Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends (2014 edition) (4 MLA CE)

This class, updated with new topics for 2014, is intended to provide a fun, fast-paced, and informative introduction to and update on today’s hottest technology trends. Program participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional library services. Content will be presented with a “can-do” focus intended to encourage participants to investigate at least one technology for implementation in their institution. Course structure will include brief vignettes and demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies.

Interested participants may register at: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html or contact the class facilitator, Andrew Youngkin, at ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

June 02–July 28, 2014: Health & Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services (12 MLA CE)

This course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. The course starts by preparing you with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community.

Objectives:

  • Explain the concept of consumer health and how the library helps to build healthy communities.
  • Explain the difference between literacy and health literacy.
  • Feel comfortable and confident providing health reference to diverse users.
  • Understand the ethical and legal issues about providing health information.
  • Evaluate the quality of health information in a variety of formats, and teach users how to recognize the elements of trustworthy materials and the warning signs of dubious health information.
  • Identify and choose authoritative health information resources that are appropriate for particular users.
  • Apply criteria for collection development of consumer health materials.
  • Plan health-related programming and events.

CE contact hours count towards Consumer Health Information Specialization from the MLA. Interested participants may register at: http://nnlm.gov/sea/training/register.html or contact the class facilitator, Terri Ottosen, at tottosen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

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Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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