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Evaluating Information during COVID-19: Preprints, retractions, rumors and more

Class Details

In the midst of a global pandemic, every person has to balance the “need for speed” with the risks of moving too fast. Healthcare providers seek reliable information about treatments while making immediate life-or-death decisions. Researchers investigate biological mechanisms and interventions to combat COVID-19 and share their findings as quickly and responsibly as possible. And each of us wades through the flood of headlines and rumors for answers that will keep us safe. Looking at the case of hydroxychloroquine and COVID-19, we will explore the risks and rewards of different forms of information, from published articles to tweets. After attending this webinar, you will be better prepared to:

- Navigate the quickly shifting landscape of information in a pandemic
- Describe ways to approach the quality of information that is being produced and disseminated at a faster pace than ever seen before
- Identify the limitations and cautions of relying on a single source of information for decisions

Speaker Information

Erica Brody is a Research and Education Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University, serving as the library’s liaison to the School of Dentistry since 2017. She holds a master's in public health from Emory University in addition to a master's in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her experience includes work in library and clinical settings, the CDC and EPA, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and RTI International.

Hillary Miller is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University. In this role, she supports and expands the university community’s understanding of scholarly publishing, open access, open education, copyright, and research impact. She holds a master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Monday, November 16, 2020
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Region/Office: National
Nov 16, 2020
12:00PM - 1:00PM ET

Class Overview

Beyond the SEA is a webinar series from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library (NNLM SEA). Speakers cover different topics of interest to health science librarians, health care practitioners, librarians, and other health focused groups in the region. Topics include new and updated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, RML Awardee presentations on their research and outreach programs, Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Information Resources, Electronic Health Records, and many other topics related to health sciences and health care. All sessions are online webinars using WebEx, which allows for live phone conversation and online chat. Sessions are recorded, closed captioned, and made available for later viewing.
Pre-Register: Pre-registration is required.

Technical Briefs 

Important Information Prior to the Use of WebEx:

Continuing Education

Link to Recordings

If you are unable to attend a session, webinars are recorded and added to the NNLM YouTube channel usually within one week.