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From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens

Abstract

This class is designed for public librarians and secondary school librarians, teachers, nurses, and counselors. The hands-on class will present an overview of health information needs of teenagers and their information seeking behaviors; review communication skills needed during reference interviews with teenagers; and explore credible health information resources that are designed for teens.

Objectives

Participants will:

  • increase their knowledge about teen health issues and their difficulty getting credible, accurate health information;
  • improve communication skills to use with teens during the reference interview;
  • learn about and practice using a variety of authoritative websites designed for teens.

Course Materials

Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Instructors

Greater Midwest Region

Samanthi Hewakapuge, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Middle Atlantic Region

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, , ,

South Central Region

Cheryl Rowan, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Karen Vargas, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator, ,

Authors

Karen Vargas, MLS, Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central