Continuing Education Courses

Continuing education credits will be offered for all classes pending MLA approval.

Planning and Managing the Consumer Health Library
Michele Spatz, Margaret Connors & Jane Grosman, Instructors
8 am - 5 pm, Tuesday, October 27, 1998
The Grove Hotel

Do you want to provide consumer health information and need to learn where to begin? Or are you looking for an organized approach because your administration is asking you to offer this service? Have you been providing service to patients, families and the general public and feel like something is missing? This course has just what you need!

This CE course is structured in two parts:

Part One 8 am - 12 pm. This session focuses on planning and managing issues in providing consumer health information, such as needs assessment, costs & funding, staffing, collection development and proactive policy development. Michele Spatz, Instructor.
Part Two 1pm - 5 pm. This session focuses on the psycho-social aspects of providing health information to patients and consumers as well as promotion and outreach of your service or facility. Margaret Connors, Jane Grosman, and Michele Spatz, Instructors.

If you are just beginning a consumer health service, the full day is recommended. For those of you who have been in the trenches a while, the afternoon session is intended to explore the psycho-social issues in more depth than an introductory level. An individual may sign up for one or both and receive 4.0 CE contact hours or 8.0 CE contact hours respectively.

About the Instructors

Michele Spatz, Director, Planetree Health Resource Center, The Dalles, Oregon. Michele planned, implemented and manages the Planetree Health Resource Center in The Dalles, which opened June 2, 1992. She has taught similar consumer health information classes locally, regionally and nationally.

Margaret Connors, Manager of Special Projects, Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. Margaret has operated the consumer health information service at Oregon Health Sciences University for approximately the past two years and is a successful grant writer in the area of consumer health information. Margaret also holds a MSW degree in addition to her library degree.

Jane Grosman, Cancer Center Library, Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa, California. Jane was director of consumer health library for Sutter Health Systems in California for a number of years before becoming director of the Cancer Center Library, a special consumer health library for cancer patients and their families.

Just in Time Information Delivery Options
Jean Shipman, Instructor
8 am - 12 pm, Tuesday, October 27, 1998
The Grove Hotel

No longer able to own a majority of journals desired by your users? Join your colleagues in discovering how to optimize your library’s dwindling collection budget by obtaining needed documents from commercial document suppliers on an as needed bases. Jean Shipman of the University of Washington Health Sciences Library will provide guidance on how the various suppliers compare, how to decide the right fit for the need, and how to effectively evaluate and manage this type of information service. Electronic journals are yet another way to provide immediate access to timely information to remote users at any time of day, and practically from any location. This course will describe the pros and cons of providing this type of alternative access to journal information. In addition, Jean will share her experience with delivering documents vias various innovative Internet methods including Ariel, DocView and the Web and email using Adobe Capture software-scanned articles. Plan on attending this course so you will be prepared for the future.

About the Instructor

Jean P. Shipman, Associate Director of Information Resources Management, University of Washington Health Science Libraries &Information Center, Seattle, Washington. Jean is responsible for electronic product negotiations, collections, electronic reserves and document services among other things. Her interest in documents started in the early 80s and continued as she served as the Resource Management Coordinator (DOCLINE) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region from 1990-1993. Jean has taught multiple MLA continuing education courses as well as provided many presentations on document delivery and commercial document suppliers. She developed a web page which lists up-to-date information on several document suppliers as well as links to their order forms.

Finding the Figures: An Introduction to Health Statistics Resources
William L. Gembala, Lisa A. Oberg, & Janet G. Schnall, Instructors
1 pm - 5 pm, Tuesday, October 27, 1998
The Grove Hotel

This course will cover the basic statistics tools important to health sciences. Learn the principles necessary to analyze a statistics question and how to identify likely sources of information. Both print and online resources will be discussed.

About the Instructors

William L. Gembala, Lisa A. Oberg, & Janet G. Schnall, AHIP, Information Management Librarians, University of Washington Health Science Libraries & Information Center, Seattle, Washington

Bill's special areas of interest include evaluating electronic resources and reference service. Lisa is in charge of staff training at the Library's Information Desk. Together, Lisa and Janet are responsible for maintaining the Library's reference collection. Janet previously taught Finding the Figures for WMLA and SAHLC in 1992 and this session updates the course as well as includes many new Internet resources.