Continuing Education

Five total sessions during two days will help you to gain the updated knowledge and skills you need in today’s library world. Ranging from informatics to how best to survive and thrive at any institution, these five classes were selected to provide a broad base of knowledge.

Conference Program: Continuing Education Classes (PDF)

Saturday, October 11th

Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion

Jacqueline Leskovec8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Clinical informatics is described as the “intersection of computer science, health sciences and information science.” The objective is to explore this intersection and ascertain the “front-facing” skills that librarians, a.k.a information scientists, bring to the field of clinical informatics and healthcare information technology. The demand for informaticians is expected to outstrip supply by 2015 because of federal healthcare reform initiatives launched in 2004. As a result, workforce development programs are now in place to help mitigate this shortage with some programs of interest to librarians. METHOD: Because clinical informatics spans the complex gamut of the patient care delivery spectrum, the methodology will use a focused survey approach. The approach will mix academic and hospital based experiences. RESULTS: Health sciences librarians will have better knowledge and a greater understanding of clinical informatics and their potential participation in it.

Instructor: Jacqueline Leskovec, NNLM/GMR
Cost: Member $150; Non-member $200; Student $50
MLA CE information


The Agile Librarian’s Guide to Thriving in Any Institution

Michelynn McKnight1:00 – 5:00 pm
Through very practical lecture, discussion and exercises, participants will improve their skills in 10 areas: delighting clients, pleasing the boss, expanding political influence within the institution, impressing non-librarian decision makers, choosing an instantly credible image, ensuring positive communication, improving marketing, gathering and using evidence to support decisions, behaving ethically and sustaining a green and growing career.

Instructor: Michelynn McKnight, School of Library and Information Science, Louisiana State University
Cost: Member $150; Non-member $200; Student $50
MLA CE information


Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics

Diane Rein1:00 – 5:15 pm
Bioinformatics (that biological data related to gene and protein sequences, their genetic expression and concomitant pathological processes and disease phenotypes) is rapidly becoming an integral component of biomedical education, clinical practice and translational medicine efforts which aim to bring the “bench to the bedside”. In a few short years, translational bioinformatics, the convergence of molecular biology, bioinformatics, and patient-related informatics, is rapidly transforming Science, Information/Library Science, and public health professions. It already is bringing with it the reality of personalized genomics and medicine, rabid deployment of targeted pharmacological interventions, and accelerated public health informatics. Medical and health sciences libraries are particularly well- positioned to become integrated into the translational bioinformatics “pipeline” data and information flow with either through enhancing existing products and services, or the creation of new ones.

This four hour, MLA-approved 4 CE hands-on computer workshop, will introduce translational bioinformatics through a case study perspective. Its relationship to biomedical informatics and electronic medical and health records will be presented. Participants will also learn those databases designated by NIH as “translational”, overviewing them as time permits. To enable searching translational databases, the core translational science vocabulary of genetics and cytogenetics is embedded throughout the length of the workshop.

Instructor: Dr. Diane Rein, Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo Libraries
Location: Bismarck State College Library computer lab; Transportation provided as part of the CE course cost
Cost: Member $166; Non-member $217; Student $67
MLA CE information


Tuesday, October 14th

Sally GoreBullet Point 1, Bullet Point 2, Bullet Point 3… the Audience Flees: Visual Communication Skills for Effective Teaching and Presentations

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Effective communication involves blending words and visuals, stories and facts, in a way that creates a setting where your audience both gets and remembers the message you share. This workshop provides an overview of some basics in design and presentation to help students become a better communicator, teacher, and ultimately librarian. Through hands-on work, group activities, and some presentation practice, participants will leave with energy, enthusiasm, and more confidence in their abilities to speak to, present for, and teach small or large groups.

Instructor: Sally Gore, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Cost: Member $150; Non-member $200; Student $50
MLA CE information


Systematic Reviews: Getting Started

Linda O’Dwyer

Linda O’Dwyer

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
There is growing demand for the expertise of health sciences librarians on systematic review teams. This course serves as an introduction to the opportunities and challenges facing librarians collaborating on systematic review teams and is designed to provide participants with foundational knowledge of the systematic review process. After completing this course, participants will have a better understanding of the skills required for making meaningful contributions to a systematic review.

Mark Berendsen

Mark Berendsen

Topics covered will include: defining and negotiating your role; writing the protocol; choosing databases and other sources for identifying studies; developing search strategies and delivering results; and documenting the process for reporting purposes. Teaching methods will include lecture, hands-on exercises, and discussion based on case studies.

Instructors: Mark Berendsen and Linda O’Dwyer, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
Cost: Member $150; Non-member $200; Student $50
MLA CE Information