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Disaster Information Specialist Program (Free Course)

Register now for “US Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies,” to be held online on Wednesday, June 27, and Thursday, June 28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., central time, each day.

This is a required course for MLA’s Disaster Information Specialization Program and will be offered free of charge to MLA members and nonmembers.  Participants will be introduced to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.  To find more information on the course and instructors and to register, see

This project is funded by the National Library of Medicine, under contract HHS-N-276-2010-00782-P.

Teaching with Technology

Join the National Technology Center for an online class taught from July 23 – August 27, 2012: “Teaching with Technology: Tips, Techniques and Tools”!

In this class, you will learn about using technology tools for teaching distance learning courses.  We will discuss options and best practices for asynchronous and synchronous distance classes, as well as “blended” classes that offer both in-person and online options.  Adult learning principles will be reviewed.  We will examine and discuss examples of software and website tools in teaching.

The class is taught “asynchronously” using the Moodle course management system, so you can complete the classwork at a time convenient for you.  Allow approximately 2 hours per week for independent classwork.  There are 4 weeks of assignments, readings, and discussions, with the 5th week saved for a “catch-up” week.  Upon completion of the class you will receive 8 MLA CE credits.

The class is free and open to residents of the U.S.  Class enrollment is limited, so we do ask that you check your schedule to be sure you have time to complete the class.

To register:

PubMed for Experts

MAR’s Outreach Coordinator, Kate Flewelling will be offering PubMed for Experts.

Location:  University of Pittsburgh, Falk Library, 200 Scaife Hall, Conference Room B

Date:  August 9, 2012 from 9 am – Noon.


About the class:  This hands-on class will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches.  Recent changes to PubMed will be highlighted.  Attendees are encouraged to contribute past and present difficult searches to discuss with the class.  Participants will receive 3 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.  Registration is free and limited to 20 participants.

Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response

Background:  Natural and manmade historical events such as Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Tuskegee study have shaped present approaches to disaster ethics and law.  What are the ethical principles foundational to the development of disaster ethics guidance?  Where can librarians search for sources of ethics and legal information?

As part of MLA Disaster Information Specialization Program the Philadelphia Regional Chapter of the Medical Library Association will be hosting the course:  Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response

Description:  Incorporation of ethical principles and legal standards into all phases of the disaster cycle is fundamental to effective and fair disaster response, but the complex information landscape makes meeting this goal challenging.  This four hour class will provide an overview of the ethical principles and legal standards that have been applied to health care, public health and emergency management in disasters with recommendations for sources of this information.


  • Barbara Folb, Public Health Informationist, Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh
  • Patti Reynolds, Director, Bishopric Medical Library, Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Location and Time

Continuing Education Credit

This class provides 4 MLA CE credits and is one of the required elements for the MLA Disaster Specialization certification.  There are no prerequisites for the class.  For more information regarding the specialization and a link to the free on demand course, Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics see  (Classes can be taken in any order)


Information about registration will be coming soon.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Jenny Pierce, MS
Public Services Librarian
UMDNJ-Health Science Library
One Medical Center Drive
Stratford NJ 08084

New Jersey Health Literacy Summit

We are pleased to share the news that registration for the NJ Health Literacy Summit on September 21 is now open.  Here’s the link for registration and the full agenda:

Cindy Jay

Executive Director, New Jersey Health Literacy Coalition

Elissa Director

Health Literacy Specialist, New Jersey Health Literacy Coalition

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