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MLA ’18 Continuing Education

mla18.jpgJoin your colleagues at MLA ’18 Adapting | Transforming | Leading in Atlanta, GA, for courses that will support health sciences librarians and other information professionals in adapting to rapidly changing environments, transforming their collections and service models, and leading important new changes in education, research, and librarianship.

The following are offerings in the Instruction & Instructional Design and Leadership & Management competency areas, as described in MLA’s Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success. Watch for information on other courses to be offered in upcoming issues of the MLA News and on MLANET. More course information is available on MLANET.

Saturday, May 19, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

CE300 Not Just Numbers: Teaching Students to Think Using Practical Curriculum Exercises

Librarians are often involved in teaching evidence-based medicine (EBM)/evidence-based practice (EBP), which is focused on identifying questions, searching for literature, and analyzing the literature. Course attendees will learn about and complete modified student exercises that are used in a medical school curriculum (transferable to other health professions) that engages students to utilize higher level thinking.

Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

CE400 Do You Want to Be a Library Director? Knowledge, Skills, and Career Paths for Library Leaders

The course is designed to inform, inspire, or even dissuade MLA members who aspire to become library directors in either an academic health sciences center or hospital setting. This course introduces students to the leadership challenges in academic health sciences libraries and encourages students to assess their own career goals and readiness. The course focuses on four topics: what constitutes leadership potential (what makes a great leader); what library directors do (including service as an interim director); what is the academic health center like (the hot topics in academic medicine, health systems, and how they affect the library); and how do I decide if a library directorship is right for me (self-assessment/awareness). The format for the course supports self-reflection, questions, and one-on-one time with library leaders. Opportunities to explore topics of interest to the learners are built into the course.

Saturday, May 19, 8:00 a.m.–noon

CE302 Peeking Under the Hood: Understanding, Assessing, and Improving Your Library’s Website and LibGuides

In this course, you will brush up on your technical skills, learn how to harness Google Analytics to gather key metrics about your users, understand how to make your website compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and discover usability methods that you can apply to improve your site.

Note: Attendees are required to bring a laptop computer or other device with WiFi capability to participate in interactive activities.

CE303 Evidence-Based Teaching: Finding and Applying the Best Evidence to Instruction

This hands-on workshop will engage participants in evidence-based teaching by leveraging search expertise to improve teaching and thus increase student learning. Topics include the basics of searching for education-related questions and appraising and applying existing educational evidence to instruction.

Saturday, May 19, 8:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

CE301 Innovations in Nursing Information Literacy: New Technologies, Approaches, and Ideas

Nursing has unique library instruction needs. The goal of this course is to encourage participants to try new approaches to library instruction for nursing, as well as expose participants to new technologies and educational pedagogies that can be used in their library instruction. The course will focus on creating instruction for different levels of nursing students.

CE401 Digital Storytelling: Communication for Greater Impact

Through effective marketing, libraries gain increased visibility and recognition for their work, resulting in additional support and greater latitude to develop innovative services. This course introduces a “digital storytelling lifecycle model” that provides practical tips and tricks to leverage marketing efforts and make the most of limited resources.

Contact Debra Cavanaugh, MLA CE coordinator, for more information.

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