Continuing Education

Continuing Education Courses Midwest 2013

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Planning, Conducting, & Publishing Research (4 hours)
Instructors: Nancy Allee & Jo Dorsch
This 4-hour course will provide an introduction to the research process with an emphasis on health sciences library settings. Participants will build their research skills by gaining an understanding of the processes involved in taking a project from initial idea creation to final publication. We will discuss identifying research design types and methodologies, generating ideas and formulating research questions, conducting literature reviews, evaluating research articles, gathering and analyzing data, and reporting of results. The course will also provide practical advice on how to get published in library science journals. Participants will leave with a proposal for planning, conducting, and publishing a research project at their own institution.

PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe (4 hours)
Instructor: Holly Burt & Cleo Pappas (GMR)
This four-hour course will provide an overview of evidence based research and practice. We will cover definitions of terms, hierarchies of quantitative and qualitative evidence, and the critical appraisal of the evidence. Exercises include formulating an evidence-based question, developing effective search strategies in PubMed to identify appropriate citations, and understanding literature related to different types of studies.

Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials (4 hours)
Instructor: Samanthi Hewakapuge (GMR)
Health literacy includes not only finding and understanding health information, but acting on that information to make appropriate health decisions. For many who struggle with basic literacy, health-related tasks such as understanding patient care instructions, reading prescription labels, keeping appointments, and signing consent forms become extremely difficult. In addition, low health literacy has very tangible associated costs, including poor disease management, increased percentage of repeat hospital visits, and incorrect medication use.
This hands-on class will discuss the frequent disconnect between information providers and information seekers. The success of “plain language” initiatives and the importance of text, type, graphics, “white” space, and layout for maximum readability will be covered. Several tools used to evaluate the readability of print materials and patient literacy levels (e.g., Fry, SMOG, REALM, TOFHLA) will be introduced. Participants will have the opportunity to review print materials and websites for their adherence to easy-to-read principles. Websites developed by the National Library of Medicine and other reputable organizations will be introduced. Participants will be motivated to use health information materials to promote increased levels of health literacy in the populations they serve.

Emerging Technologies (4 hours)
Instructors: Gabe Rios & Melissa DeSantis
This four-hour class is designed to increase your knowledge of new and emerging technologies impacting our profession by discussing mobile devices and social media services. Some of the topics include smartphones, tablets, e-book readers, mobile apps, and collaboration tools. Popular social media services applicable to the libraries will also be discussed as well as technology-enabled instruction models like “flipped classrooms” and “MOOCS”.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Supporting Systematic Reviews: The Basics (4 hours)
Instructor: Janis Glover
Have you been asked to participate in the development of a systematic review?  This is not for the faint of heart; it’s an elaborate process.  This four-hour workshop is designed for medical librarians who want to explore the systematic review process in general and the librarian’s role in that process in particular.  Through informal discussion and case-based learning, you will acquire these skills needed to support systematic reviews in your institution:

  • Identify the steps in the systematic review process.
  • Explore protocols for systematic review development [e.g., PRISMA; Cochrane].
  • Identify the roles of the librarian within this process:
    • Select databases and other resources appropriate for the topic.
    • Utilize project management tools to keep track of search strategies [e.g., concept tables] and citations [e.g., RefWorks; EndNote].
    • Draft the search methodology for publication.

Midwest 2013, Oct 4-8, 2013 in East Peoria, IL.

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