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Announcement – Free In-person Training, April 20, Los Angeles

The following free training in the Los Angeles area on April 20th may be of interest to you or your library staff.

E-Resources in Health/US Census Report Mining: Two Half-day Workshops as a Daylong Training for Healthy Communities Partners

The intended audience includes community organizations, hospital and public library staff, and any others who would like an introduction to consumer health services and using U.S. Census data to help determine appropriate health programming and health information needs of the community.

The two sessions are an introduction to a series of self-paced tutorials that is currently being developed as a partnership between Infopeople, UC Davis, and NN/LM PSR.  The tutorials are based in part on the core competencies from “Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff” and materials from the online class “Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services.”

If you have any questions about the training sessions, please contact Kelli Ham at

Here is the announcement from the CALIX list today:


Space is still available in the LA area (Pio Pico branch of LAPL, Koreatown) and Bay Area (Fremont Public Library) sessions of E-Resources in Health/US Census Report Mining: Two Half-day Workshops as a Daylong Training for Healthy Communities Partners

Instructor: Francisca Goldsmith

Fee: Free for those in the California library community. *

• What pressing consumer health issues face your community?

• Are you confident in your knowledge of up-to-date, quality health resources that are most appropriate for library users with health questions?

• Are you faced with the challenges of finding quality health information in other languages or at understandable reading levels?

• Are you comfortable handling sensitive health reference questions?

• How can you mine Census information to help lead and support health reference and health programming at your library?

Build your awareness of the competencies and skills you need to plan and provide health-related library services. Upon completion of this course, you will be ready to pursue further health and wellness information via companion self-paced online modules.

Workshop Description: This day-long, on-ground training includes a morning session intended to increase your awareness of, and comfort with, accessing reliable and accessible health information on the Internet, and and an afternoon session aimed at exploiting the potential of the US Census website and other demographic resources to enhance your knowledge of local demographics. This is a hands-on training during which you will explore online, under the guidance of the instructor, who will provide individual and group exercises.  The instructor will supply sample evaluation templates, cheat sheets, and practical and useful tips for immediate application in your work.

To register and get more info about this workshop can be found here:

*Note about the Fee: Made possible by funding through the University of California Davis under award No. 06-43-B10584 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce, and offered at no charge to participants.  The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NIST or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Travel costs will be reimbursed using the UC Davis Travel Reimbursement Requirements. An expense sheet will be provided to all attendees on the day of the workshop. For questions regarding reimbursements, please contact Kate Marie at

Check-in is 8:30 to 9:00 AM; instruction is 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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