CE Opportunties at NAHSL ’09

August 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Continuing Education, Meetings | Leave a comment
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The CE Committee for New England Chapter of the Medical Library Association (NAHSL)  is pleased to present a diverse group of course offerings at our annual meeting – this year on October 25th at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine.  This is a great opportunity to combine your lifelong learning efforts with a fall weekend in a beautiful setting on the Maine coast!

You do not need to be a NAHSL member to register for these courses.  Don’t miss out – send your registration form today and take advantage of the “early bird” rate (before October 3rd).  Also, check out the conference website for more details on the annual meeting.

Here are the courses:

Poison Center Cases and Information Technology – Necessity for Rapid Information, Computer Databases, Texts and Librarian Partners

Sunday, October 25 (8:00 a.m. – noon), Karen Simone, Instructor

What are the information tools which Poison Control Centers use most?  The Director of the Northern New England Poison Center will provide an overview of poison center services.  She will present several poisoning cases to illustrate the information gathering process, and how poison center staff utilize computer, text and library staff resources to improve patient care and enhance public safety.  Poisoning case examples will include:  the New Sweden arsenic, paralytic shellfish, Blue Marlin scombroid, wild toxic mushroom, ice storm carbon monoxide, legally operating under the influence cases, and H1N1 Strategic National Stockpile management.  After reviewing cases, informational resources and surveillance, the class will be given access to several of the references discussed during the session.  Attendees will work in teams to evaluate how particular resources are used to answer a poisoning question.  Afterwards, each team will discuss the information found, and the pros and cons of their assigned resource(s) in managing the case or answering the question at hand.

Copyright: From Basics to the Digital Age

Sunday, October 25 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), Arlene Bielefield, Instructor

Expand your role in your institution by leading the effort to comply with copyright. This intermediate/advanced copyright course covers copyright law topics such as duration and copyright holder rights while also covering those less settled topics like Fair Use and the TEACH Act. Important court cases will be summarized and case studies discussed. Participants should have basic knowledge about the copyright law and be able to apply the elements of Fair Use to library situations.  Attendees will learn about websites and other resources to help them in dealing with copyright questions and in ensuring that they keep current with changes in the law.

Strategic Planning during Economic Uncertainty

Sunday, October 25 (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Pat Wagner

No matter how small, under-financed, or understaffed your medical library, strategic planning can help medical librarians make hard choices, focus resources, manage projects, and communicate better with decision- makers, staff, and library users. However, the planning process itself can be tedious. Learn how to create and modify strategic plans with a simple and effective four-step process. Topics will include:

  • How to gather data and opinions.
  • How to simplify the structure of a strategic plan.
  • How to use “bullets” to write a strategic plan.
  • How to measure/describe criteria for success.
  • How project management and strategic planning are related.

Better Design and Delivery of Professional Education

Sunday, October 25 (8:00 a.m. – noon), Pat Wagner, Instructor

Academic education can be limited to memorizing facts, conducting abstract research, and writing papers. Professional education requires that students apply the information in their workplaces and change their own behavior. Improving the quality of formal and informal education means understanding and implementing best practices in adult education. Participants will improve the effectiveness of formal (classroom) and informal education (workplace instruction and supervision) with employees, co-workers, students, and library users.

  • How do mature adults learn differently from children and young adults.
  • How to design short and effective classes using timed scripts.
  • How to improve existing classes.
  • Why memorization is not the issue and how to help students create “cheat sheets” instead.
  • How to apply adult education values such as collaboration and participation to formal and informal learning programs.
  • Tips for dealing with technology training issues.

Understanding Usage Statistics and Using Them as a Decision-Making Tool

Sunday, October (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Nisa Bakkalbasi, Instructor

Publishers and vendors in growing numbers are making an effort to provide usage statistics to libraries. However, the usage data we receive varies in content, format, frequency and methods of delivery, making it difficult to analyze and archive the usage data across all platforms. This class provides an opportunity to understand how COUNTER (Counting Online Usage Statistics of Networked Electronic Resources) usage statistics reports provided by publishers and vendors can be used as a decision-making tool. The workshop will end with a presentation on how to manipulate the data using a spreadsheet, which participants can use for cost-per-use analysis and return-on-investment.

Knowledge Transfer: Moving from Best Evidence to Best Practice

Sunday, October (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Ellen Detlefsen, Instructor

Discovering or generating new knowledge has been a major goal to improve health and well being, and library services and staffing. Just as important, or maybe even more important, is the ability to take this new knowledge and move it into practice. This process has many names including knowledge translation or transfer, diffusion of innovation, turning research into practice, etc. Participants will learn the basics and theory behind knowledge translation and what enhances effective and timely adoption of new knowledge. They will also have opportunity to plan for changes in their own setting and situation. This course is designed to be a true workshop with substantial participant input.  Ann McKibbon developed and first taught this course at the 2009 MLA Annual Meeting as a follow-up to her very successful NAHSL 2008 class.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact us:

Alison Clapp, 617-355-7232

Nathan Norris, 617-632-8481

Cynthia Arnold, 207-373-6571


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