Health Science Librarians of Ilinois
Health Science Librarians of Illinois

Serving Illinois Health Information Professionals


Continuing Education

Sessions will be held November 13, 2014 at the conference hotel.



Information Alchemy: transforming information into insight, All day session, Mary Ellen Bates, Instructor

8 hours

Clients want information, but they want answers and insights even more. To fully leverage their value, info pros must think beyond information retrieval and organization to providing the insights and decision-ready information their clients need. Gulp! In this all-day CE workshop, Mary Ellen Bates will provide strategies and approaches to provide the high-value services and products that will amaze your clients. This workshop will include:

Mary Ellen BatesMary Ellen Bates is the principal of Bates Information Services (, providing business research and analysis to business professionals. She also offers strategic business coaching to new and long-time entrepreneurs, and consulting services to the information industry. She is the author of seven books, most recently The Reluctant Entrepreneur: Making a Living Doing What you Love (Niwot Press, 2014), and innumerable articles on the information industry. She received her MLS from the University of California Berkeley, and worked in special libraries for over a decade before starting her business in 1991. She, her spouse and her dogs live in the boondocks of Colorado.


Measuring What Matters to Stakeholders - CANCELLED

This session has been canceled due to an unexpected conflict in the instructor's schedule. A webinar version of this class is in development.

PubMed for Experts - Morning Concurrent Session, Holly Ann Burt, Instructor

4 hours

This is a hands on-session. Participants should bring a laptop or tablet. Wireless is available in the conference center. A limited number of extension cords will be provided.

Designed as an advanced class for experienced MEDLINE searchers. This hands-on class will highlight advanced PubMed techniques that can be used to conduct comprehensive searches. Attendees are encouraged to contribute past and present difficult searches to discuss with the class.

Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials - Afternoon Concurrent session, Holly Ann Burt, Instructor

4 hours

Building on concepts of understanding learning styles and how to organize and 'chunk' instructional content for the online environment, this course's main goal is to teach librarians best practices for creating effective screencasts (video-based online instruction modules) using web-based screen-casting tools. Student learning outcomes include: the ability to determine how to get the most from your screencasts; learning how to divide content into logical chunks that are most appropriate for online learners; an understanding of best practices for creating content for their topic (e.g. storyboarding, script writing, and voiceover/narration); an understanding of what hardware and software tools work best for which content (and best sources for acquiring needed tools); and the ability to assess the effectiveness of screencasted content.

This course is geared towards the novice screencaster and focused on introducing learners to the basic best practices of planning, creating, and sharing an effective online tutorial with easy-to-use and no/low-cost web-based software. This class does not discuss specific or advanced features of complete screencasting software products such as Adobe Captivate or Camtasia.

Holly BurtHolly Ann Burt, MLIS, AHIP, MDiv, is the Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries, Greater Midwest Region (GMR), an educational and outreach arm of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). An experienced teacher, Ms. Burt develops and teaches classes focusing on PubMed, patient safety, and the NLM toxicology databases, as well as creating and maintaining supplemental materials on the NLM databases, including video tutorials and tutorial brochures which are freely available online. Additionally, Ms. Burt exhibits National Library of Medicine products and services at national and regional conferences and manages sections of the GMR website. Prior to joining the GMR in 2005, Ms. Burt worked as the Information Resources Manager for the National Patient Safety Foundation and received her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Dominican University. Her publications include the book “The Patient Safety Perspective: Health Information and Resources Online and In Print” published by the Medical Library Association and the “NLM E-Minute” column of the UIC E-ppendix newsletter.