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2020 Monthly Webinars

MLA is pleased to present the 2020 MLA webinars. Every quarter, we will add three more webinars. This allows us to open up more opportunities for MLA members and others to submit great webinars!

January 15 (Recording Now Available)

Applying the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to Your Teaching

If you teach or plan to teach, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Framework threshold concepts will help you promote deep learning for your students. Threshold concepts are the ideas in any discipline that are passageways to enlarged understanding or ways of thinking and practicing in the discipline.

Xan Y. Goodman, AHIP, is the coeditor of the ACRL publication, Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts, and the author of a chapter on the social determinants of health as a threshold concept. Goodman works at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas Libraries, where she supports three schools in the Division of Health Sciences: the School of Integrated Health Sciences, School of Public Health, and School of Nursing.

Samantha Godbey is the coeditor of the ACRL publication, Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts. She has presented on the ACRL Framework to regional, national, and international audiences. Godbey is an experienced educator and facilitator of professional development for instructors and librarians. She is currently part of the presenter team for the official ACRL-licensed workshop, “Engaging with the ACRL Framework: A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding Our Teaching Practices.” Godbey is an education librarian and assistant professor at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas Libraries, where she serves as the library liaison to the College of Education and Department of Psychology.

February 13 (Recording Now Available)

Basic Statistics for Research Appraisal

You do not need to take years of statistics to gain a significant amount of useful knowledge. With a basic understanding of the core concepts and principles of statistics, you will gain the confidence and skills to tackle a wide range of statistics questions. You will also be able to assess the quality and value of research, locate specific methodological papers, and communicate research conclusions to users.

Shanda Hunt has been the public health library liaison and data curation specialist at the Bio-Medical Library of the University of Minnesota (UMN)–Minneapolis for the last four years. Prior to that, she was a research coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health and the Program in Human Sexuality, where she cocreated, implemented, and managed research studies on alcohol policy and refugee sexual health. Hunt teaches two graduate-level statistics courses and has delivered workshops to her UMN peers about statistics and quantitative research.

March 25 (Recording Now Available)

Basic Statistics for Research Design 

If you want to do research or assessment and are confused by statistics, this webinar is for you. You will gain an overview of five common statistical tests and practical guidance on choosing which to apply when. This practical approach targets key basics to keep in mind when choosing a test to answer a research or assessment question.

Nina Exner is the research data librarian at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)–Richmond, serving core and medical researchers at VCU Libraries. She has over twenty years of library experience, including more than ten years in scholarly communications, data support, and researcher services. In addition, her area of research focuses on how librarians learn to do research and navigate the publishing process.

April 15 (Recording Now Available)

Make Fun of Learning! Game-Based Learning for Student Success

If you are looking to spruce up your classroom and engage students on a deep level, then game-based learning may be for you. This course will explore game-based learning and make game makers out of every participant!

Gary R. Maixner III is the user experience/project management librarian, University Library, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is also a game designer and artist. His two library-based games, Search & Destroy and Trust Issues, have both sold several hundred copies and are used in libraries worldwide to teach students information literacy concepts.

May 20 (Recording Now Available)

Drawn to Graphic Medicine: Bringing Comics into Medical Librarianship

Graphic medicine, the intersection of health care and comics, has emerged over the last ten years as a growing field in the health sciences, particularly in relation to health humanities and education. Librarians can play a vital role in supporting graphic medicine by collecting and distributing graphic medicine materials and including graphic medicine in their work or instruction efforts. In this webinar, we will discuss where graphic medicine came from and why it is valuable, how you can start collecting graphic medicine at your library, and how you can integrate it into your work in the library.

Kathryn Houk, AHIP, is assistant professor and health sciences librarian at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas Health Sciences Library. She began developing a graphic medicine collection two and a half years ago due to her interest in health humanities, health literacy, and innovative educational practice. Houk is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, is a member of the 2019–2020 MLA Rising Star cohort, and has the Level I Consumer Health Specialization. She is currently enrolled in a master of public health degree program concentrating in community health education and hopes to eventually contribute to the field by furthering research on the use of comics as a health literacy tool.

Ariel FitzGerald Pomputius is a health sciences liaison librarian at the Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida–Gainesville. She leads a graphic medicine book club for the geriatric clerkship students and teaches courses to undergraduates on dying and women’s health using graphic medicine materials.

June 3 (Recording Now Available)

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Peer Review: For Reviewers and Authors

This webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to perform excellent peer reviews and write articles that pass peer review. You will learn about the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) peer review process, the importance of peer reviewers to research in our field, and ways to find your strengths as a peer reviewer and an author.

Jill Barr-Walker is a clinical librarian at the ZSFG Library, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, part of the University of California–San Francisco, as well as assistant editor for JMLA. She has published seventeen peer-reviewed articles, and her current research involves information-seeking behavior around abortion, impostor syndrome among health sciences librarians, sexual harassment in academic libraries, and how medical library workers cope with the death of library patrons.

Katherine Goold Akers is a biomedical research and data specialist at the Shiffman Medical Library, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, with expertise in literature searching, systematic reviews, scholarly writing and publishing, assessment of research impact, and research data management. She is the editor-in-chief of JMLA. Akers was trained as a behavioral neuroscientist and studied connections between brain function and learning and memory.

June 23 (Recording Now Available)

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses are at the top of evidence pyramids, but not all are high in quality. Learn the steps of critically evaluating these types of review articles and gain tips on teaching critical appraisal in small and large group settings.

Amy Blevins oversees research, liaison, education, and data services at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library at the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM)–Indianapolis. Since 2017, Blevins has served as the thread director for evidence-based medicine (EBM) for IUSM. She has worked on more than fourteen published systematic reviews and coedited the book, Curriculum-Based Library Instruction: From Cultivating Faculty Relationships to Assessment.

Laura Menard is the assistant director for medical education and access services at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, serving IUSM–Indianapolis. She designs EBM curriculum components, delivers instruction, and trains colleagues on new concepts and instruction best practices.

July 8 (Recording Now Available)

Find the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Search Strategy That Works for You

Some online searchers use problem, intervention, comparison, outcome (PICO) to formulate their search strategy. Others use population, exposure, outcome (PEO); sample, phenomena of interest, design, evaluation, research type (SPIDER); who, when, what, where, why (5Ws); or just ask: “What has happened and what am I going to do about it?” This webinar runs searches through these formulations so that participants can select the method most comfortable for them.

Helen-Ann Brown Epstein, AHIP, FMLA, has been thinking and searching in an evidence-based way for more than ten years. She continues to use her skills every day in her solo hospital librarian job at the Virtua Health Sciences Library, Mt Laurel, NJ, and in teaching health care providers. She has participated in and co-taught a number of evidence-based practice courses

September 24 (Recording Now Available)

Systematic Searching: Improving Effectiveness and Efficiency

Are you struggling with ever-more complicated systematic review searches? Do you have a basic knowledge of Boolean operators, thesaurus terms, and syntax and want to raise your search game? This webinar will give you guidance on creating high-quality searches in a faster way. Bramer and associates have taught his method at several filled-to-capacity annual meeting courses.

Wichor Bramer is an information specialist at the Erasmus Medical Center Medical Library in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. In October 2019, he successfully defended his doctoral (PhD) thesis, “Serving Evidence Syntheses: Improving Literature Retrieval in Systematic Reviews,” in which he describes his method and his research on the effectiveness and efficiency of the method.

October 13 (Recording Now Available)

Librarians Are Teachers: Applying Theory to Help Adults Learn

As a librarian, you are a teacher. In just about everything you do, from answering reference questions, doing library orientation sessions, and responding to search requests, to formal teaching, you teach. And you teach adults. This webinar will show you how to apply the work of major adult learning theorists, particularly Malcolm Knowles’s work on andragogy, to improve your teaching in all settings. You’ll leave with practical ideas that help you teach more effectively and with greater personal satisfaction.

Lauren Hays, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri. Previously, she was the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoyed teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. Her professional interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, information literacy, digital literacy, educational technology, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

November 24

Explore Your Identity to Improve Your Practice: An Introduction to Critical Health Sciences Librarianship

Health sciences librarians are increasingly called upon to address the intersection of identities and cultures in their institutions. This workshop introduces you to critical librarianship through an examination of identities. You’ll complete a creative assignment related to your identity and craft a plan to incorporate critical librarianship into a selected area of your work.

Xan Goodman is a Senior Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). She has presented on cultural humility and cultural competence at regional health sciences conferences. She is the co-editor of the ACRL publication, Disciplinary applications of information literacy threshold concepts. In which she authored a chapter about the social determinants of health as a threshold concept. Xan works at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries, where she supports three schools in the Division of Health Sciences, the School of Integrated Health Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Nursing.

December 10

Grey (Literature) Matters: Searching for Preprint Sources

Learn the who, what, where, why, and how of searching for preprints. Preprints are an increasingly popular means of disseminating research reports, but they are not all of equal value or appropriate for every project. In this webinar, you’ll gain skills in identifying the value and weaknesses of including preprints in a search and in developing a search plan that includes preprints. You’ll participate in reviewing examples of published research projects that have included selected preprints in a search. The webinar will spotlight preprint sources as a key research source for COVID-19 information.

Sarah Bonato is the lead reference services and research services librarian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, ON. She is a co-author of more than 10 systematic reviews/guidelines and the author of Searching the Grey Literature: A Handbook for Searching Reports, Working Papers, and Other Unpublished Research.

This information is accurate as of November 2020. MLA reserves the right to alter topics, content, and scheduling.