It’s time to head back to school with the Middle Atlantic Region! Join MAR staff and network members for online classes from September through December. All you need is an Internet-connected computer and a telephone. Classes are FREE. Ten classes will be offered, and two are new!
To sign up for a class, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title and date of the class(es) you wish to attend. Please include your name, e-mail address, and mailing address.
1. Basic Nutrition Resources
Tue Sep 15, 10am – 11am
Consumers, students, clinicians, and you! Where do you begin when looking for nutrition information for consumers or for clinicians? This course will take you through basic resources available to you from NLM, NIH, and others. We will also briefly review how to search for nutrition information literature.
2. MAR Funding NEW!
Wed Sep 16, 10:30am – 11:30am
MAR has a number of awards available to support your library improvement and outreach projects. Plan to attend this session and learn about the award application process.
3. Logic Models
Tue Sep 22, 10:30am – 11:30am OR Wed Oct 28, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Are you curious about logic models and their application? Logic models are an often used tool in grant proposals, strategic planning, and program planning and evaluation. Attend this one-hour introductory session to learn about their purpose and how to create a logic model. This class will be offered twice.
4. Resources for Disaster Response and Preparedness
Thu Oct 1, 10am – 11am
This course is designed to help librarians identify the key resources they and their users can turn to in the event of an emergency or disaster. Instructor Emily Molanphy will focus on Web sites (FEMA, CDC, etc.), databases (TOXNET, HazLit, QUAKELINE, etc.), blogs and Listservs, as well as resources for mobile devices. Attendees will learn sources for useful information in an emergency; the formats that are easiest to use; and ways to keep up-to-date. Disaster preparedness is a major undertaking and knowing where to look for information in the event of an emergency is an important step towards readying your institution.
Emily Molanphy is Web Services Librarian at the NYU Health Sciences Libraries, where she also serves on the Disaster Preparedness Team.
5. What’s New in PubMed?
Wed Oct 21, 2pm – 3pm
This update class will review new and noteworthy features in PubMed, including the new interface.
6. Free Productivity Tools
Tue Nov 10, 3pm – 4:30pm
Library’s budgets are always pinched for one thing or another. Did you know that there are a multitude of free software packages out there that do just about everything that commercial software packages can do? In this 90-minute class we’ll take a look at some of these software packages, their usefulness, their limitations and things to think about if you decide to go the free software route.
7. Licensing Electronic Resources
Tue Nov 17, 10am – 11am
Licensing electronic resources has been identified as one of the biggest challenges for members of our region, and with good reason. Electronic collections are an incredible asset to users, but securing an effective license and managing multiple licenses from multiple vendors is a huge responsibility. This one-hour session is designed to present the basics for effective licensing which will increase access to and resource sharing from electronic collections. Presenter Paul Wrynn will explain what to look for in an electronic license (especially ILL rights, remote access, etc.); tips on managing multiple licenses; strategies for communicating with vendors; and best practices for consortia licenses.
Paul Wrynn retired in 2008 from NYU’s Health Sciences Libraries as Collection Development Librarian. Wrynn has over 30 years of experience in libraries, including significant experience managing electronic licenses.
8. Clever Evaluation
Thu Nov 19, 10:30am – 12pm
Evaluating programs and projects is a lot like exercising: most of us know it’s very important and we plan to start doing it as soon as we have time. Cindy Olney, evaluation specialist for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC), will present a 90-minute session on evaluation methods that are quick, resourceful, and useful. Her strategies include using existing data, combining evaluation with other project activities, and enlisting the help of others in data collection. Cindy Olney has been an evaluation specialist since 1991 and has worked with the OERC since 2004. She specializes in planning and evaluation of health information outreach and public health projects.
9. PubMed MyNCBI
Wed Dec 2, 2pm – 3pm
You will learn how to customize your PubMed experience using MyNCBI (formerly Cubby), and create shared filters for your library users. Save your favorite citations, and keep current with automatic searches. The results will come straight to your inbox. Change the look of PubMed with custom tabs and highlighted search terms.
10. Health Information for the Public Librarian NEW!
Tue Dec 8, 11am – 12pm
How can I learn more about my dad’s diabetes? What are the side effects of taking these pills? Where can I find a good doctor or hospital? What is the latest news on autism? Members of the public need answers to their health related questions. This class will show public librarians how to find reliable consumer health information using National Library of Medicine’s resources such as MedlinePlus.