CE Courses

All CE courses will be held on Monday, October 10, 2011 at the Omni Richmond Hotel .

Courses may be canceled if there is not sufficient enrollment. Member rates are available to members in good standing of MAC and other MLA chapters. Room assignments at the Omni Richmond subject to change based on enrollment.

Detailed Class Information

EBM and the Medical Librarian Part I & II

Instructor: Connie Schardt, Associate Director for Public Services, Duke Medical Center Library
Part I: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Part II: 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Omni Richmond Hotel | 4 MLA CEU
$65/Members, $90/Non-Members *per session

Course Description:  This course is designed to be an introduction to the process of evidence-based medicine (also called evidence-based practice) and to the supporting roles and opportunities for medical librarians. Each 4 hour class will include discussion, group exercises and an EBM Jeopardy review. 

EBM and the Medical Librarian Part I:  Asking the Clinical Question and Acquiring the Evidence ( 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and explain the 5 steps in the practice of EBM
  2. Identify the key types of clinical study designs and their strengths and weaknesses
  3. Identify the parts of a well-built clinical question
  4. Identify appropriate EBM resources to address clinical questions

EBM and the Medical Librarian Part II:  Appraising the Evidence and Roles for Librarians (1:00 - 5:00 PM)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and explain the basic criteria for judging the validity of a therapy study and a systematic review
  2. Understand the different terminology and graphs used to describe the results of trials and systematic reviews
  3. Identify at least 4 roles for librarians in supporting EBM training and practice for health care professionals


Patient and Caregiver Tools for Navigating the Healthcare System & Health Information Resources

Instructor: Ann Duesing
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences | 4 MLA CEU
$65/Members, $90/Non-Members

Course Description:Caregivers and patients are thrown into a confusing, complicated and often frightening world of health services and information when dealing with chronic disease, aging, and/or acute health crises. Using carefully selected navigation tools can make the journey less intimidating, more productive, and provide better outcomes. This course highlights tools that assist in selecting health facilities, health care services, health care providers, and disease or treatment information.  Included are multiple resources from E-patient networks to patient navigator directories to MedlinePlus as well as our traditional medical literature and directory resources right down to direct personal contact and in facility directories and guides. Print publications, navigation success stories and experiences will also be highlighted to emphasize how crucial patient and caregiver knowledge, awareness and persistence is for successful health system navigation outcomes. Range of resources includes local, state, regional and national information aggregated into a comprehensive course for caregivers, patients, health care providers and librarians to assist with this often difficult navigation process.


Your Library's Value: Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation

Instructor: Cindy Olney, Evaluation Specialist, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Omni Richmond Hotel | 4 MLA CEU
$65/Members, $90/Non-Members

Course Description: In this workshop, participants will first learn how to define “value” by assessing the needs of the many different stakeholders in their environment (users, administrators, library staff, etc.). They then will learn to map their programs and services against institutional goals using a logic model and develop an evaluation plan to investigate and document their libraries’ contributions to the institutional mission. The workshop will end with a presentation about online library-value calculators. More information at MLA


Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials

Instructors: Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator, NNLM/SAR and Terri Ottosen, Consumer health outreach coordinator, NNLM/SEA
1:00 - 5:00 PM | Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences | 4 MLA CEU
$65/Members, $90/Non-Members

Course Description: Learn in a hands-on environment--in the large group and break-out groups, to critique, rewrite and create materials that get your health and wellness information across quickly and clearly. We'll review the disconnect between information providers and information seekers, the process of educating adults, the success of "plain language" initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, space and layout. In this workshop you will also be provided brochure examples, SMOG and REALM tests, a webliography and links to other training. During the workshop you will edit pieces so that at the conclusion you'll have new awareness, new skills, a new product and access to further resources. Clear health communication is the goal, regardless of medium.