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Predatory Publishing Practices - What Librarians Need to Know

Class Details

Guest Speaker: Chris Gaspard, MSLS, and Emme Lopez, MLS, University of Texas Health San Antonio Libraries

Description: The current academic discussion surrounding predatory publishing and practices is growing. More and more often, librarians find themselves in the role of facilitating decisions about whether a journal is reputable and where to publish. As publishing has become more complex, so have the questions that librarians need to field.

After attending this webinar, participants will:
- Place predatory publishing in the context of the changing publishing industry
- Understand why scholars might publish in disreputable journals
- Note the impact of predatory publishing on science and health
- Feel empowered by gaining the tools to make informed decisions.

Speaker Bio: Chris Gaspard is a librarian at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Briscoe Library. She has been with the Health Science Center for over 29 years and has worked not only in the Library but also in the Department of Family and Community Medicine as well as being the program administrator in the Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Department of Medicine. Chris is currently the Head of Liaison Services and serves as the Liaison Librarian to the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She assists all UT Health faculty, staff, students, and residents and has provided search support for many research projects. Chris also provides health information literacy instruction on evidence-based practice and database use both in the classroom and online via LibGuides. She has her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in Library Science with a specialization in Health Informatics from University of North Texas.

Emme Lopez currently serves as the Library Liaison to the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio. During her 7+ years as an academic librarian at UT Health San Antonio, Vanderbilt University, and UT San Antonio, Emme has published in the American Journal of Infection Control, produced an oral history project in support of the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, and assisted countless patrons in finding what they needed. Emme values creatively connecting users with the resources they need to move forward with research and achieve success in their projects. This has driven her to create point-of-need guides, interactive learning modules, and the tools to be discussed in the webinar.

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This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am
Region/Office: National
Apr 10, 2019
10:00AM - 11:00AM CT

Class Overview

SCR CONNECTions is a monthly web conference presented by the Network of the National Library of Medicine South Central Region on various topics of interest to health sciences librarians and others. The webinar highlights topics such as NLM databases, subject specific resources and technology topics.

Sessions will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.

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