Monday, May 21, 2012

Consumer Health Information Workshop

The Mary H. Weir Public Library with local libraries and community health agencies will host workshops on consumer health information and the evaluation of information materials and collections used by the public on Thursday, June 7, 2012 The workshops will be a presentation of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Certifications to be awarded:
Workshop attendees will receive CE certificates from the Medical Library Association.
Attendees will be eligible for additional online CE classes (after the workshop).

Thursday, June 7, 2012

9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon                                                                                  3 MLA CE
“Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at your Library”
This hands-on class will cover the information seeking behaviors of consumers. Its will also address the recommended core reference collection, as well as databases,  newsletters and periodicals. It will cover the reference interview, disclaimers, and privacy as well a networking with medical librarians. The class will introduce the students to the Medical Library Association and its local chapters. It will describe possible ways to market this service in the community.

Objectives include: Participants will examine health information of patrons, challenges of providing health care information, planning a consumer health service, budgeting, collection development and consumer health on the Internet.

12:30-1:30                                                                                                              1 MLA CE
“From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet”
Where do you turn for trusted health information? This course will provide you with tools to determine whether health information web sites are trustworthy and reliable or whether to look elsewhere. Criteria for evaluating heath information web sites will be provided and interactive assignments will reinforce concepts.

Objectives include: Participants will become familiar with unique issues surrounding health information on the Internet, understanding web-based resources and why people post information to the Internet. Participants will also evaluate health information web sites using a set of criteria provided to determine if sources of health information are trustworthy.

To Register:
Call The Mary H. Weir Public Library at 304-797-8510 or email

These workshops are being held with the support of the Mary H. Weir Public Library, Lynn Murray Memorial Library, Swaney Memorial Library, and the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, The Weirton Medical Center, and The West Virginia Northern Community College, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville

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