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Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library

Approved for one, two, three, or four hours of Medical Library Association CE


Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants' skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.


  • Gain awareness of mental health issues.
  • Learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information.
  • Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases.

Course Materials


Midcontinental Region

Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator/Colorado, Health Information Literacy Coordinator/Colorado,

Barbara Jones, Network Membership and Missouri Liaison, ,

Middle Atlantic Region

Lydia Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, , ,

Kate Flewelling, Outreach Coordinator, ,

New England Region

Michelle Eberle, Consumer Health Information Coordinator,

Pacific Northwest Region

Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Outreach Coordinator, ,

Pacific Southwest Region

Kay Deeney, Educational Services Coordinator, , ,

South Central Region

Adela Justice, Consumer Health Coordinator, ,

Southeastern Atlantic Region

Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator,

Sheila Snow-Croft, Public Health Coordinator, ,


Michelle Eberle, Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region