Continuing Education Schedule

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

The Ropes: Planning Instruction for the Adult Learner

  • Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8AM – 5PM, Capitol Room East
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $180; non-members $230
  • 8 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description: This 8-hour train-the-trainer course covers the process of building a user-centered training session, covering needs assessment, learning styles, working with and from participant objectives, and evaluation of outcomes. Students will participate in several group exercises where they will explore different training situations. Emphasis will be placed upon user-centered development and the building of objectives by which the success of a class may be evaluated. 

Instructor: Max Anderson is a well-known speaker, and has presented at various conferences including: Computers in Libraries, regional and state library conferences, Midwest Chapter of MLA, and Mid-Atlantic Chapter of MLA. In 2007, he was invited to Australia and New Zealand by the library organization CAVAL to teach classes about social software in libraries.  In 2008, he participated in a televised and recorded MLA webcast on Web 2.0, and in 2009, participated in another webcast for MLA on mobile technology.  He recently published an article in the Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet on the topic of podcasting and consumer health. In spring 2008, Max joined the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Greater Midwest Region as the Technology Coordinator.  He consults member institutions on emerging technologies, speaks at regional meetings, teaches classes on the use of various technologies for health sciences libraries and is the state contact for Wisconsin and Indiana.

Behind Closed Doors: Politics in the Library

  • Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8AM -12PM, Doty B
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description: We are all surrounded by politics: the only way to avoid them is to operate in isolation. Typically, politics are concerned with positioning your ideas in a favorable light and knowing what to say, to whom, how to say it, and when.  This class will focus on learning how to effectively influence and manage others' perceptions of you and your ideas, how to change enemies into allies, how to stay in the loop and how to manage outcomes short term and far into the horizon.  

Instructors: Marty Magee is a medical librarian with the National Network of Libraries of the Medicine, a program coordinated by the National Library of Medicine, part of the National Institutes of Health.   She represents the six-state MidContinental Region as the Nebraska and Education Project Liaison.  Her work experience includes teaching and training in both academic and business settings and more than fifteen years of corporate experience at two Fortune 500 companies in customer service, software development, project management, strategic planning and marketing.  Marty has a Master's degree from the University of Missouri, School of Information Science and Library Technology, and a Master's degree from the University of Notre Dame in Administration.  Marty is based at, and serves on the faculty of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Barb Jones is the Missouri/Library Advocacy Liaison for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region. She is responsible for connecting health professionals, health science librarians, public and other librarians and community based groups to quality health information including the resources of the National Library of Medicine.  Barb received her Master's in Library Science degree from the University of Arizona, and has extensive experience working in hospital and mental health libraries. Barb is located at the J. Otto Lottes Health Science Library at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

Health Literacy: You Can't Tell by Looking

  • Saturday, September 25, 2010, 1-5PM, Doty A
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • CE: 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description: Up to 80% of patients forget what their doctor tells them as soon as they leave the office. And nearly 50% of what they do remember is recalled incorrectly. Learn the value of plain language in patient comprehension and other health literacy techniques that librarians can employ to enhance provider-patient communication.

Instructor: A graduate of Ball State and Indiana University, Melinda Orebaugh is director of Library & Health Information Services at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  With the assistance of nine incredible staff members, Melinda is responsible for one of the largest health sciences libraries in Wisconsin, eight consumer health libraries, patient education, and health literacy education.  As an American Medical Association certified health literacy trainer, Melinda believes that all librarians have a unique role in helping to improve the health literacy of the communities that they serve.  Melinda is formerly the principal investigator for Great Rivers Partners for Health-E People a National Network/Libraries of Medicine grant to deliver health literacy education to healthcare professionals, health professions students, librarians, and to community members of Western Wisconsin, Northeast Iowa, and Southeast Minnesota.  Melinda has held numerous offices in state, regional and national library organizations. 

Writing Good Surveys

  • Saturday, September 25, 2010, 1PM-5PM, Doty B
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description: A review of good survey research methodology will enable participants to plan, write, and conduct a survey that will result in quality data for use in decision making, program and service planning, and evaluation activities.  Emphasis will be on writing quality questions, but we will also touch on survey objectives, sampling, and data analysis.

Instructor:  Alexandra Dimitroff, A.M.L.S., Ph.D., is a faculty member in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she has taught since 1990.  Her teaching and research areas focus on information services, information access and retrieval, and survey research methodology.  Before she began teaching, she worked as an academic reference librarian for ten years.

Grant Writing: Turning Ideas into Dollars CANCELED

  • Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8AM -12PM, Doty A
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description:  Learn basic tips and techniques for writing and organizing a funding proposal. This workshop will focus on the components of successful proposals and highlight sources of funding. Participants will have the opportunity to compose sample objectives, methodologies, and evaluation strategies.

Instructors:  As Associate Director of the NN/LM, Greater Midwest Region, Ruth Holst has reviewed several hundred funding proposals over her eight-year tenure in this office.  Holst was a hospital librarian for more than 30 years before joining the GMR and often talks to hospital librarians about their need to demonstrate the value of the library to administrators.   She is the editor of The MLA Guide to Managing Health Care Libraries and is currently serving as MLA President.  She is an MLA Fellow, a Janet Doe Award winner, and a former member of the National Library of Medicine's Biomedical Library Review Committee.  Holst recently co-authored an article about emergency preparedness (J Hosp Librarianship 2009; volume 9, issue 2) and was an editor for the MLA White Paper "Vital Pathways for Hospital Librarians: Present and Future Roles".

As the Outreach and Evaluation Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region, Jacqueline Leskovec works with Network members needing assistance in the areas of planning and evaluation, providing input regarding applications for GMR-funded projects; referral to Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC staff); and assistance with formulating a written logic model and/or evaluation plan. Jacqueline has been with the GMR since 2005. She is currently state contact librarian for Illinois and Iowa. In addition to her evaluation responsibilities, she does outreach to specific populations; web development; and LISTSERV® management.  She is editor of The Cornflower, the GMR's blog.  Jacqueline was Assistant Librarian at the University of South Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program in Tampa, Florida. Prior to that, she was library manager with the Advocate Health Sciences Library Network in Chicago, Illinois. Jacqueline has over 15 years practice as a registered nurse, including work in quality improvement in addition to her hospital clinical experience.

Community Assessment CANCELED

  • Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8AM -12PM, Vilas A
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description: This basic course will help librarians and others involved in health information outreach to design and garner support for quality programs by collecting information about the groups of people who will be involved. Participants will learn about creating an initial community profile using existing data, followed by use of interviews and questionnaires to develop a more detailed picture for project planning.

Instructor: Susan Barnes, Assistant Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach. Evaluation Resource Center, University of Washington, Seattle WA.   Ms. Barnes has provided instruction and consultation to health sciences librarians on outreach proposals and evaluation projects and is the co-author, with Dr. Cindy Olney, of the 3-part "Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects" series: Booklet 1: "Getting Started with Community-Based Outreach"; Booklet 2: "Including Evaluation in Outreach Project Planning"; Booklet 3: "Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data" (Seattle, WA: National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center; Bethesda MD: National Library of Medicine, 2006).  An active member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association, Ms. Barnes received her MLS from the University of Washington and is working on an MS in Communication from Cornell University.

Identity Check:  What's Your Personal Brand? CANCELED

  • Saturday, September 25, 2010, 1-5PM, Doty B
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description: You may spend time planning how to brand our libraries and services, but little time strategizing on your personal brand.  Guess what?  It's being formed even without your conscious input!  During this session, you're going to take time to think, talk, write and learn about yourself.  You will learn what working for and against you and craft your brand strategy.  Bring a photograph, resume, social networking username, cover letters and/or performance reviews.

Instructor:  Jenifer Grady, MSLS, MBA, CAE, is Director of the American Library Association – Allied Professional Association: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees (ALA-APA).  ALA-APA was established to fulfill two missions:  supporting salary and status improvement initiatives and certifying library workers in specializations beyond their initial degree, whether it is an MSLS or a high school diploma.  She manages certification programs for public library managers and public and academic support staff, conducts salary surveys, delivers conference programs in areas such as negotiation and affordable healthcare, and edits the monthly newsletter Library Worklife.  Jenifer took her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her career began in medical libraries as an NLM Associate, then outreach coordinator for a National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  She was assistant director at Meharry Medical College Library and studied informatics and knowledge management at Vanderbilt University's Eskind Biomedical Library. 

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Emergency Preparedness for Libraries CANCELED

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 8AM-12PM, Vilas B
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description:  This discussion-oriented class examines strategies to assist librarians with preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. Class activities provide the opportunity to begin developing a continuity of service plan by conducting a basic risk assessment and identifying strategies for continuing library services during the emergency. Additional topics include disaster planning models; types of resources available for emergency planning and recovery; and creating relationships with first responders, vendors, and other libraries in preparation for those emergencies.

Instructor:  Holly Ann Burt, MLIS, MDiv, is the Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator and Ohio State Contact Librarian for the National Network of Libraries, Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM-GMR).  Holly teaches NN/LM and Medical Library Association (MLA) classes, as well as creating and making publicly available materials on PubMed, Patient Safety, Public Health, Emergency Preparedness, and TOXNET.  She exhibits National Library of Medicine products and services at national and regional conferences, manages several sections of the GMR website and is a member of the MLA Public Health/Health Administration section. Prior to joining the GMR, Holly worked as the Information Resources Manager for the National Patient Safety Foundation.  She received her MLIS from Dominican University and worked as a volunteer map cataloger for the Newberry Library. Her interests include in teaching, science, cats, maps, and music.

Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information CANCELED

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 8AM-12PM, Ebling Library COM
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description: As we age, we have challenging needs in regards to our health. This "train the trainer" class will offer reliable resources for healthy aging and help librarians to assist their older adult patrons find health information. Discover techniques for teaching older adults to use computers and to find health information on the Internet, learn what makes a website senior-friendly; plan library programs on senior health topics; and find out about some recommended health websites for older adults.

Instructor: Samanthi Hewakapuge has been with the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region since the spring of 2008. She is responsible for coordinating the consumer health program within the GMR's 10 state region, including developing instructional materials, training librarians to provide consumer health information services, and promoting NLM's consumer health resources. She also oversees consumer health subcontracts awarded to libraries and community-based organizations.  Prior to joining the GMR she was the Health Sciences & Outreach Librarian at Ohio University and the Outreach Information Specialist for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Arizona. Samanthi earned her Library Science degree from the University of Arizona in 2003. Samanthi holds a second masters degree from Ohio University in Communication and Development Studies (2000). She co-edited the reproductive health manual, "Indigenous Women's Health Book, Within the Sacred Circle", when she was interning at the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center in Lake Andes, South Dakota (2001).

Public Health 2.0 CANCELED

  • Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 8AM-12PM, Ebling Library COM
  • 10 minimum; 25 maximum
  • Cost: Midwest Chapter/MLA member $100; non-members $150
  • 4 MLA Contact Hrs

Course Description: This workshop will explore the use of Web 2.0 technologies in public health. Web 2.0 technologies offer many features to support the work of public health in collaborative partnerships, communication programs, and community engagement and health improvement. This workshop will feature a range of technology tools and resources, including blogs, wikis, podcasts, virtual reality, social networking, and other tools and will provide practical examples of how these technologies can be applied to public health practice. The workshop will draw on experiences and lessons learned from two case studies involving training initiatives and collaborative partnerships between a health sciences library and local public health departments to integrate Web 2.0 technologies into the strategic planning and communication plans for the departments.

Instructor: In her role as deputy director, Nancy Allee provides leadership for the day-to-day operations of the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) at the University of Michigan and works with the director and other team coordinators to plan, implement, and evaluate services and programs. Ms. Allee previously held a joint appointment as Director, Public Health Informatics Services & Access in the School of Public Health and University Library and prior to this position was co-head of reference and resource coordinator in the areas of education, optometry, and nursing at Northeastern State University, located in the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Ms. Allee has extensive information services and technology project management experience. She has managed a variety of training programs for faculty, staff, and students as well as outreach projects for public health professionals. She has also served as project director for several projects funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National N etwork of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region (NNLM GMR), including an NLM Internet Access to Digital Libraries grant, the MI-INFO (Michigan Informatics) and Public Health 2.0 subcontracts, and the Partners in Information Access Public Health Information & Data Tutorials project. Ms. Allee is chair of the Partners in Information Access Public Health Training Subcommittee and is a past chair of the Public Health / Health Administration Section of the Medical Library Association.