Category Archives: Information Literacy - p4

Who’s paying for my “free” medical app?

Developing a mobile application (“app” for short) for any use requires time, programming skills, and, if you want to sell your app, a potential audience. Creating medical mobile apps also requires finding content that is scientifically supported and evidence based, which means a developer has to pay for expert medical searching and advice. So where …Read More »

Brush up on your health information skills!

The Utah Academic Library Consortium’s (UALC) has put together a series of online webinars this year, with the first being an introduction to health information literacy and consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This free webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. MDT. More …Read More »

Improving health literacy webinars

According to the report Healthy People 20101, health literacy is the “degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” The National Network of Libraries of Medicine explains that this “includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment …Read More »

Breaking language barriers

Do you know someone who needs health information but English is not her/his primary language? Medline Plus‘ website offers links to health information in other languages, from Amharic to Urdu and Vietnamese. In addition, by clicking on a link located on the home page, you can view Medline Plus in a Spanish-language version. This service …Read More »

WY Symposium for Health Information Professionals

As a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Mid-Continental Region (MCR), the Eccles Health Sciences Library wants to announce the upcoming “Wyoming Symposium for Health Information Professionals” July 14-16, 2010. Health care providers, information professionals and members of the general public who are interested in health information literacy are encouraged to …Read More »

Choose Privacy Week

The week of May 2-8, 2010, has been designated “National Privacy Week” by the American Library Association and a handful of important allies. In today’s world we expect to have information at our fingertips but we are often unaware of the trade-offs that entails. As the ALA’s Privacy Revolution site points out: [M]ost people don’t …Read More »

Free online class on health literacy for health professionals

From The Krafty Librarian: The CDC has created a free “Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals Online Training” program to help educate public health professionals about issues with health literacy (patients and the public lack of health literacy) and their role in addressing it. The CDC is offering a free online course which can be …Read More »

Customize your PubMed search results

As of yesterday (3/16/10), users of PubMed have more options for customizing the display of their search results using MyNCBI. According to an editor’s note added to the March 12, 2010 technical bulletin: The current default in PubMed displays multiple items in the Summary format, 20 per page, and sorted by items recently added at …Read More »

Using LibGuides to promote information literacy in Medicine

Karen Neves, a Canadian reference librarian, has a challenging task: to promote library resources to a medical faculty that is spread over three provinces. As she explains in a recent blog post, her library “has struggled a bit to gain a toe hold in information literacy” with the faculty they serve. She decided to try …Read More »