Continuing Education

The Agile Librarian's Guide to Thriving in Any Institution

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 8:30 am – 12 :30 pm

LaSalle Room

Instructor: Michelynn McKnight, PhD, AHIP

Agile librarians love their work and are appreciated for it. They have expertise in the practice of their profession and in the business of gaining and maintaining influence, as well as in effective marketing and public relations. This useful class describes and illustrates proven methods to get your library and information services the attention and support they deserve. Discover what your parent organization needs and values most. Delight your clients, your boss and non-librarian decision makers. Build a credible image and strengthen positive communication. Gather, analyze, and use valid evidence to support decisions. Keep your career green, growing and agile!

CE Contact Hours: 4; Face to Face about Leadership, Management, Outreach/Advocacy, Reference Resources & Services
Lecture, Slides, Discussion, Sharing/Self-disclosure, Simulation, Role Playing, Case Study, and Other.

Michelynn McKnight was a hospital librarian in Norman, Oklahoma for more than two decades. For ten years she taught an MLA CE course entitled "Proving Your Worth: Convincing Non-Librarian Decision Makers of the Value of Your Essential Services." After she left the hospital, she expanded the topics of that course into what became the book, The Agile Librarian's Guide to Thriving in Any Institution (Libraries Unlimited, 2010). She has served on the Medical Library Association Board of Directors and chaired both the Hospital Libraries and Medical Library Education Sections. She earned a BA at Western Illinois University, masters' degrees in both music and library & information science from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from at the University of North Texas. She is an associate professor at the Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science where she teaches Information Services, Science & Technology Resources, Health Sciences Libraries and a summer online course, Publication for Librarians.



Citation Management on the Cheap

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Utica Room

Instructors: Linda O'Dwyer and Michelle Frisque

Many academic and hospital libraries use and support fee-based bibliographic management tools such as EndNote. This course will provide an overview of several cheap or free alternatives to these commonly-used reference software packages. Popular citation management tools such as Citeulike, Zotero, Connotea and Papers will be covered. Content will include feature comparisons, effective use of each program and why you might use one over another. This course can benefit librarians who would like to introduce their users to new bibliographic management tools or who need to support their users who might already be working with these tools.

The instructor recommends bringing a laptop to class. However, there will be enough demonstration for learning even if you don't bring a laptop. The instructor will provide a list any recommended software, such as the Zotero plug-in, by September 1, 2011. The Lodge includes free wireless access for everyone.

CE Contact Hours: 4; Face to Face, Hands-on about Electronic Resources, Reference Resources & Services, Research
Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, Hands-on Exercises, and Problem-based.

Michelle Frisque is Head of Information Systems at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University. She is also the Past-President of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association. She graduated with an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and is currently pursuing a Masters of Learning and Organization Change at Northwestern University. She has presented at the LITA National Forum, Educause, WebDev Share, Ohio Higher Education Computing Council and the Medical Library Association.




Linda O'Dwyer is Communications Coordinator and Education Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University. She graduated with an MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. She has presented on user education and library communication issues at several MLA meetings. Her love/hate relationship with EndNote convinced her to explore the many free and cheap citation management options available and share her findings with others.


Information Anywhere: Mobile Technology, Libraries and Health

Thursday, October 13, 2011, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm

LaSalle Room

Instructor: Max Anderson

This four-hour class is an overview of the plethora of mobile devices available today and how they impact libraries and medicine.  We will discuss Apple’s products (including iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad), Blackberry devices, and Google Android-powered phones.  Popular uses and applications for these devices, with particular emphasis on those that make use of the products of the National Library of Medicine will be highlighted.  Students will learn what it takes to create mobile applications and websites, and will participate in a hands-on activity to create a simple mobile website.

A laptop is recommended, but not required. Two people can easily share. No software or plug-ins will be required. The Lodge includes free wireless access for everyone.

CE Contact Hours: 4; Face to Face, e-Learning, Hands-on, RML Offerings, Chapter Offerings about Technology/Systems Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, Hands-on Exercises, and Problem-based.

Max Anderson
Max Anderson is the Technology Coordinator at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region, located at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Fresh out of library school in 1999, he worked as a Public Access Computer Trainer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, installing granted computer technology and training librarians in rural libraries across the country. He is a well-known speaker, and has presented at various meetings including: Computers in Libraries, regional and state library conferences, Midwest Chapter of MLA, and Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA. In 2007, he was invited to Australia and New Zealand by the library organization CAVAL to teach classes about social software in libraries.

In 2008, Max joined the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Greater Midwest Region as the Technology Coordinator. He consults member institutions on emerging technologies, speaks at regional meetings, teaches classes on the use of various technologies for health science librarians, and is the state contact for Wisconsin and Indiana. He participated in a televised and recorded MLA webcast on Web 2.0 in 2008, and in 2009, participated in another webcast for MLA on mobile technology. An article on the topic of podcasting and consumer health written by Max was published in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. Max recently attended the Woods Hole Biomedical Informatics Course and will be processing what he learned for a long time.