Providing Consumer Health Information to Patrons: A Two-Day Workshop for Librarians
Are you a librarian who wants to learn more about providing consumer health information to your patrons? Join VCU Libraries for a free two-day workshop ideal for librarians working in public, community college, academic or hospital settings. Library students and those interested in providing or creating a community- or patient-focused library are also invited to attend.

The April 20-21 workshop will help librarians develop the awareness and skills needed to provide patrons with accurate health information. Attendees

The sessions will be taught by experienced health sciences librarians:

Emily J. Hurst, MSLS, AHIP, Head, Research and Education, VCU Libraries, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences on the MCV Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. Tompkins-McCaw, among the oldest medical libraries in the South, serves the five academic programs on the medical campus as well as clinicians and practicing and teaching practitioners.

Dana L. Ladd, Ph.D., directs VCU’s Community Health Education Center, a consumer health library for patients, their families and the public. This is one of the nation’s few consumer health libraries housed inside a major urban teaching hospital. The center, in the Gateway Building is part of VCU Health. It serves 1,500 patrons monthly and thousands more through its online resources. Its staff also presents at health fairs and other public events designed to educate consumers about how to find reliable health information.

Take Two Apps and Call Me in the Morning: Mobile Applications for Health and Wellness
On Thursday, the two-day workshop will kick-off with the launch of a new class. Upon completion of this class, participants will: Use criteria to evaluate health and wellness applications on various mobile platforms; understand the difference between health and wellness and medical apps; be aware of resources for staying up to date on apps for patients and consumers.
Four Sessions on Providing Consumer Health Information
On Friday, “Providing Consumer Health Information to Patrons” will continue with four sessions:

“The Ethics of Providing Health Information”
“Consumer Health Education Center’s Free Online Resources”
“Online Resources: MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference, Pediatric Resources, Women’s Health, Senior Health”
“Low Literacy Resources and Non-English Language Resources”

General Information
The workshop is free to participants. One night’s hotel stay will be provided for the first 10 out-of-town participants to register. Mileage and parking for all workshop attendees will be reimbursed. Food and snacks during workshop sessions are provided. Seating is limited to 25. Librarians who complete all sessions will receive credit (10 hours) toward the Consumer Health Information Specialist Certification from the Medical Libraries Association. Librarians who already hold this certification may use the hours for re-certification. Sessions will be broken up by breaks, lunch, networking time and informative tours. You are free to register for one or both days but preference will be given to attendees who want to attend both sessions to earn their certification.
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