CHI Subcontract: Consumer Health Self-Assessment and Training Tools for Wisconsin Librarians
Consumer Health Initiative Subcontract: The Health Sciences Libraries of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (HSL) plan to expand their outreach activities in the state and extend the reach of their consumer health instruction efforts by developing Web-based instruction tools to meet consumer health continuing education needs of Wisconsin librarians serving the public. This will provide new remote continuing education opportunities, overcoming barriers of distance, access, time, hours of availability, travel, and expense, and increasing access to instructional expertise and limited resources. The three objectives are: to make use of Web-based modules for self-instruction, to provide Web conferencing for distance interactive learning, and to publicize the availability of these tools to librarians who serve the public throughout Wisconsin. Specific subjects that will be addressed include: healthy Web surfing: search and evaluation techniques; hit the ground running: MEDLINEplus; zeroing in on the mark: other recommended resources; and sifting through the literature + more: BadgerLink. This project will build on existing workshop materials and use existing library digital lab equipment and software. New costs will primarily include staff time for an outreach librarian with additional expertise in new media creation tools for instruction.