Do you work in a public library? Are you interested in engaging with other public librarians and staff members to improve your knowledge and comfort with health and wellness related reference and services? Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community is a free online course that was developed in cooperation with WebJunction, PLA, and public librarians to create a cohort learning experience. Registration is limited to public library staff.
Over four weeks we will explore consumer health, health references in a public library environment, free health resources for library staff and patrons, and developing health and wellness related programming. New content is released each week and consists of assigned readings, discussion with your fellow cohort members, and an assignment, all of which should take about three hours.
Week 1: Introduction to Consumer Health for Public Libraries
Week 2: Health Reference in a Public Library Environment
Week 3: Health Resources for Public Library Staff
Week 4: Health and Wellness Programming and Outreach for Public Libraries
This class is intended to be completed as a cohort for public library staff that involves discussion with your fellow students. There are no set hours to be online each week, but it is important that you complete the discussion and assignment for each week in a timely fashion. New content will be released each Monday.
The course provides 12 continuing education (CE) hours from the Medical Library Association (MLA) and covers the five competencies required for Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) level 1 from MLA.
You will leave the class with an action plan for how to use your newfound knowledge and expertise in reference services and programming. In addition to better serving your community, you'll develop skills to take with you if and when you decide to move on to another library.
May 18, 2020 to Jun 14, 2020
Bobbi Newman,<mailto:[log in to unmask]> MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist
* Locate local health assessment reports and identify the health concerns in the library's community and apply that knowledge to health reference, resources, and programming
* Recognize and understand the importance of health literacy and the differing needs of a diverse community
* Utilize best practices to evaluate health website, applications, social network sites and guide patrons in their usage of these tools
* Recall best practices when conducting health reference with patrons including but not limited to legal and ethical issues
* Utilize recommended resources from NLM, NIH, and other organizations to meet diverse health information seeking needs
* Apply best practices for health collection development and maintenance of consumer health materials in a variety of formats
* Develop programs and services utilizing best practices and incorporate health information resources
To register: https://nnlm.gov/class/stand-up-for-health-May2020/22441
Deborah A. Clark, MLIS
Library Management Specialist
Maine State Library
Portland Public Library, Third Floor
5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101
1-800-649-7696 Ext. 765
E-mail: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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