MLA ’19 ELEVATE continuing education (CE) courses in Chicago, IL, will take place on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, 2019. CE courses 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 Evidence-Based Practice & Research and Leadership & Management competency areas, as described in MLA’s Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success.
Register now for MLA ’19 for CE to ELEVATE your expertise in these professional competency areas.
Evidence-Based Practice & Research
A health information professional evaluates research studies, uses research to improve practice, conducts research, and communicates research results.
For many years, we have promoted and taught the skills of evidence-based medicine. Now, we need to apply these skills to our own practice. Not all of us are researchers in the academic sense, but we all have access to a wealth of data from local and published sources. Newer research methodologies—such as community-based action research, outcomes research, and data mining—may be useful in analyzing our activities and impact. As we develop research skills, we can use, create, and share evidence to improve practice.
Saturday, May 4
This course introduces you to designing, conducting, and writing up a qualitative study of your own! Through presentations and hands-on activities, you will learn how to recruit participants, conduct interviews using motivational interviewing strategies, collect data through interviews and focus groups, code and analyze data, and write a compelling report of your work.
Do you wish you felt better equipped to help students, faculty, or health care providers identify reliable research? This course takes you beyond using pyramids of evidence to evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. You will learn how to identify and evaluate basic health sciences research methods, apply data literacy concepts, and incorporate your new skills into your work with practitioners, faculty, and students. The course will include practical examples, leading to a journal club at the end of the session.
Are you curious about evidence-based public health but not sure where to start learning about it? This course is for you! Through hands-on activities, group work, and presentations, you will learn the basics of evidence-based public health (EBPH) and its role in advancing health equity. You will gain skills in using a step-by-step process to implement EBPH, identifying resources for community assessments, and selecting the right resources to support evidence-based practice in addressing public health problems.
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
This course offers an exceptional opportunity for you to use your librarian skills to do real, meaningful research. You will learn how to assess the information needs of patient and health care provider groups and design ways to meet those needs. The presenters will use lectures, group and individual activities, and their own success stories to teach and inspire and to take you through the steps of conducting embedded research, from securing buy-in from stakeholders to collecting, analyzing, and reporting findings.
Leadership & Management
A health information professional manages personnel, time, budget, facilities, and technology and leads others to define and meet institutional goals.
Every health information professional has personal management responsibilities. Institutional management and leadership roles require skills beyond those learned through formal education. Management skills and a leader’s abilities affect the culture and performance of coworkers and the effectiveness of an institution.
Saturday, May 4
This interactive and experiential course is designed to help you develop an understanding of implicit bias, its impact in libraries and health care, and how it stands in the way of workplace diversity and inclusion. You will leave the course with a deeper understanding of bias, implicit bias, stereotype threat, and microaggression; a greater awareness of your biases; and practical strategies to overcome biases and incorporate cultural competence into your library services.
1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Your library may be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)–compliant, yet your environment and resources might not be accessible! In this course, you will explore the new functional diversity model and other concepts of disability; examine the accessibility of your library; learn practical ways to make your library, programs, and website more accessible; and build your skills in assisting people with disabilities in a positive way. You will leave with an accessibility plan for your library and new skills in problem-solving accessibility concerns.
Watch for information on other courses to be offered in upcoming issues of MLAConnect and on MLANET.
Contact Debra Cavanaugh for more information.