The foundation of this class is to explore the role that health information, services, and programs can play in all types of libraries. This course will also cover trending and relevant topics in the health and medical fields. This course does not have an assigned primary textbook but we will utilize a variety of articles, recordings, and other resources to explore the course material. We will have a number of hands-on assignments that will help you become familiar with how health and medical information plays a role in librarianship.
- Understand the many ways that health and medical information can be a part of librarianship.
- Explore database and health information electronic resources.
- Investigate a variety of topics that impact the health of library communities.
- Understand the concept of health literacy.
- Create a plan for a library program, service, or resource to improve health outcomes based on demonstrated community needs.
Sequence of topics by week or class session:
1: August 24-30
- Introductory week
- Basics of health information and librarianship
- Introduction to the medical terminology and jargon
Online Live Class: August 25 from 7-7:50 pm CT
2: August 31-September 6
- Evaluating health information
- Introduction to MeSH
3: September 7-13
- Public Libraries and Partnerships
Online Live Class: September 8 from 7-7:50 pm CT
Careers in Health and Medical Librarianship Exercise due 9/13 by 11:59 pm CT
4: September 14-20
- Introduction to health disparities
- Health disparities in our communities
5: September 21-27
- Academic health sciences librarianship
- Systematic reviews
Online Live Class: September 22 from 7-7:50 pm CT
Implicit Bias and Health Disparities Exercise due 9/27 by 11:59 pm CT
6: September 28-October 4
- Academic health sciences librarianship continued
- Instruction and liaison services
- Programming in academic health sciences libraries
7: October 5-11
- Health and wellness in specialized libraries and agencies
Online Live Class: October 6 from 7-7:50 pm CT
Community Population Investigation due 10/11 by 11:59 pm CT
8: October 12-18
- Health and wellness in K-12
9: October 19-25
- Library resources and collections
10: October 26-November 1
- Disaster and crisis support
Electronic Resource Analysis due 11/1 by 11:59 pm CT
11: November 2-8
- Management and administration
12: November 9-15
- Health and medical information in the news
13: November 16-22
- Social and policy issues in health and wellness
No coursework assigned
14: November 30-December 6
- New roles and the future of health and wellness information in libraries.
Support Project Proposal due 12/6 by 11:59 pm CT
15: December 7-10
- Support organizations and continued education opportunities
MLA CE: 24