CE Opportunities at 2014 Annual Meeting

Submitted by Sandi Bates, Conference Publicity Chair, Bismarck State College

Rope in some knowledge at the Midwest Conference.

Five total sessions during two days will help you to gain the updated knowledge and skills you need in today’s library world.


Saturday, October 11

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Informatics for Librarians: Peeling the Onion

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


1:00 – 5:00 pm

The Agile Librarians Guide to Thriving in Any Institution

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


1:00 – 5:15 pm

Introduction to Translational Bioinformatics

The major goals of this course are: 1) to familiarize participates with clinical bioinformatics databases; 2) acquisition of expert level search strategies within these database; and 3) acquisition of human genetics principles and vocabulary. The morning sessions will cover Clinical Bioinformatics, and its relationship to translational medicine, biomedical informatics, clinical informatics, and electronic medical and health records. This will be supplemented with a module covering the biology and vocabulary in genetics, genomic variation and mutations, implementing that vocabulary through searching the Human Gene Mutation Database. The afternoon sessions concentrate to searching two major clinical bioinformatics databases: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) which integrates biological data with human disease data and information; and 2) PharmGKB, the NIH-designated personalized medicine database which interrelates biological data with pharmacological and other pharmaceutical-related drug information. The workshop ends with an overview and demonstration of clinical bioinformatics public health databases.

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


Tuesday, October 14

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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


8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Systematic Reviews: Getting Started

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. 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

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