Introducing MLA's Online Bootcamp for New Health Sciences Librarians
The following courses are intended to provide a core curriculum for the competencies
required of beginning health sciences librarians. The courses selected for this
Boot Camp curriculum match MLA's
Professional Competencies and are available through distance education
or a self-paced tutorial. Most courses offer MLA CE contact hours upon completion.
This curriculum can be a guide to enhance knowledge and skills for:
- Recent library school graduates who are interested in positions in health
- Librarians transitioning into positions in health sciences libraries
MLA's Professional Competencies and corresponding courses
|Health Sciences Environment and Information Policies
Health sciences librarians and information professionals must understand
the contexts in which the need for bioscience and health sciencesrelated
information emerges and the unique ways of perceiving and interpreting those
environments. In addition, health information professionals should be aware
of issues and trends that impact the purpose, programs, policies, and activities
of the government entities and other institutions that shape health care
in the particular country in which they reside.
Publishing and Open Access: Straight Talk
The program will introduce significant models of scholarly publishing
and explore the impact of open access on libraries and authors. The
Webcast was held November 2007 and available for purchase through the
MLA online store.
|Leadership and Management
Health information professionals effectively weave library and information
science principles into the fabric of complex institutional environments.
They also establish and sustain viable operations and relevant services
for information resource centers. This requires specialized knowledge, skill,
and understanding of leadership, finance, communication, and management.
Management and Leadership for Medical Librarians
This program addresses the needs of both the medical library change
agent and those asked to implement the changes. Topics include: understanding
the five roles, typical mistakes and how to prevent and fix them, what
is changing in medical libraries, eight characteristics of people who
cope well with change, nine causes of stress, conceptual tools and models,
case studies and knowing when change is not the answer. This is a facilitated,
online class, which lasts five weeks.
Leadership for Medical Librarians
Learn how to identify and improve your leadership skills, no matter
what your current role is in your medical library or institution. Through
a series of interactive writing exercises and online group discussions,
you will discover how to better identify and overcome barriers to success
with staff, colleagues, decision-makers, and your medical library's
users. Topics include the differences among leadership, management and
professional points of view, the characteristics of everyday leadership,
dealing with risk, understanding the big picture, creating and communicating
vision, ethical influence, applying leadership in workplace situations,
mistakes in leadership, and how to break through self-created glass
walls and ceilings. This is a self-paced, online class, which lasts
of the Fittest; Strategies to Prove Your Library's Value
This program will help you understand the library's value in the larger
organization mission of the organization, strengthen knowledge of tools
that can be used to assess library users and stakeholders, and craft
promotion strategies and programs. The Webcast was held March 2007 and
available for purchase through the MLA online store.
|Health Sciences Information Services
Health sciences librarians require knowledge of the content of information
resources and skills in using them. They must understand the principles
and practices related to providing information to meet specific user needs
and to ensure convenient access to information in all forms.
PubMed Work for You
This class is intended to hone basic searching techniques and the ability
to develop search strategies that will take advantage of the PubMed
interface to MEDLINE. The course will explore various methods for searching
the PubMed system. Topics covered include using MeSH and search qualifiers,
limiting search results, and refining your search. This course will
provide an in-depth view of the system and demonstrate utilizing the
features of PubMed to search effectively; 3 week class via Moodle.
Searching for Evidence Based Nursing
If you work with nursing faculty & students and/or nurse managers
& staff, this course will help you develop your search skills, so
that you can improve search services for these groups. In addition to
databases and searching, it includes discussion of teaching and collaboration
skills. The course includes a model for evidence based searching, overview
of nursing terminology, and practice searching MEDLINE, CINAHL, and
Practice in the Health Sciences Tutorials
The Evidence-based Practice (EBP) tutorials are tailored to five health
science disciplines: applied health, dentistry, medicine, nursing, and
pharmacy. Each tutorial consists of five instructional modules, covering
topics such as the research design, searching the literature, and evaluating
the quality of research. These tutorials are intended for those first
learning about EBP as well as those looking to review EBP concepts and
and the Medical Librarian
This course is an introduction for medical librarians to evidence-based
medicine (EBM) and the role the librarian can play in its practice.
Participants will learn to identify the parts of a well built clinical
question and be able to judge the validity of studies, and ascertain
the roles librarians can undertake in providing EBM training and support.
Offered twice a year; uses Blackboard.
for Information: Addressing Health Information Literacy!
This tutorial is for health care providers and emphasizes the importance
of health literacy and the challenges patients face in understanding
medical terminology. It also helps participants recognize the impact
that low health literacy has on patient care and learn about health
information resources and strategies available to them and their patients.
The tutorial also describes health literacy services provided by medical
and Managing the Consumer Library
Focus on planning and managing issues related to providing consumer
health services or operating a consumer health library. Learn about
needs assessment, costs and funding, business plans, volunteer and paid
staffing, collection development, policy development, and public relations.
It is available as a three-week Web-based asynchronous class via Moodle.
|Health Sciences Resource Management
Health sciences librarians manage resources in a broad range of formats.
As technologies continue to evolve, this necessitates management of the
latest digital products as well as primary and clinical research data sets.
Collection Development for Health and Medicine E-Libraries
Students will focus on one developing a collection plan for one library
patron group of their choice, for the kind of library they work in (e.g.,
hospital, medical center, medical school, allied health programs, public
libraries, academic libraries, other special libraries, etc.) Participants
will end the course with a good draft electronic library collection
for Negotiating Electronic Licenses
This program will provide participants with useful tips for negotiating
electronic licensing agreements and will include tips about multisite
licenses, number of users, fair use, performance standard clauses, post-termination
access, archival rights, and more. Originally held in January 2005 and
now available through MLA's online store.
|Information Systems and Technology
Ongoing developments in technology reshape the goals and systems of health
sciences librarianship and change the way information professionals function.
Although required proficiency levels vary across specializations in the
field, health sciences librarians must be able to understand and use technology
and systems to manage all forms of information and must maintain awareness
of information technology trends. They must master basic technology skills
as well as their practical application.
Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends
Participants will be able to identify technology trends and they will
understand how these trends will impact or can be integrated into traditional
library services. Course structure will include brief vignettes and
demonstrations of a wide variety of technologies. Some of the topics
to be covered include RSS, spyware, developments in mobile computing,
blogs and wikis, social bookmarking, radio-frequency identification,
|Curriculum Design and Instruction
An essential responsibility of the health sciences librarian is to teach
ways to access, organize, and use information to solve problems. Health
information professionals collaborate with other educators in health sciences
curriculum design and delivery as well as offer stand-alone experiences.
Effective instruction entails not only knowledge of the structure and content
of the specific courses being taught and the technologies used to teach
Design for Web-based Teaching and Learning
Overview in this four topic hands-on course the intellectual focus will
be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles.
Participants will also be introduced to Web-based Teaching techniques
and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS. This course
requires a significant amount of hands-on learning-activities, project
work, and readings. This work will result in a completed instructional
design plan for an instructional unit - course/workshop/tutorial - of
the participant's choice for a learner group of their choice with teacher
guidance and approval.
Web-based Continuing Education
This web-based tutorial is designed to take you through the process
of formatting your continuing education (CE) content for delivery via
the Web. The tutorial is intended for current continuing education instructors
who already have an understanding of teaching and adult learning principles.
|Research, Analysis, and Interpretation
All health information professionals use published research either to provide
information services to end users or to improve their practice as librarians.
In either case, they need to retrieve, analyze, and appraise research literature.
Some will also contribute to the knowledgebase of the profession by conducting
original research and writing review articles. Whether using the published
research of others or reporting their own findings, health information professionals
require a core set of knowledge and abilities.
Library and Information Practice (EBLIP)
This course stresses the practical applications of the EBLIP process
including question formulation, searching for the evidence, and appraising
the evidence in order to make important decisions. You will design your
own solutions for answering the questions that matter most to you.
Value: Can Journals Compete with Mouse Cages in Institutional Budgets?
Services and programs of academic health sciences libraries impact student
learning, academic performance, researcher productivity, and the effectiveness
of faculty instruction. A library's commitment to practical, user-centered
assessment and data-driven decision-making positions it for competitive
advantage. Will you be prepared with the right data when a budget administrator
asks, "How do I decide between journals for the library and mouse
cages for the research program?"
For more information, contact Debra
Cavanaugh, firstname.lastname@example.org, 312.419.9094