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Full Day Preconference

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201 ABC

Health information is the number two most searched for information online. This preconference will review core competencies of providing health and wellness services, coach you through understanding your community’s needs, and explore how to create fun and informative health-related programming for different age groups and special populations. Participants will learn about core reference and other materials, tips for helping library users evaluate health materials, and an action plan to put your new expertise to work.

This preconference is part of Promoting Healthy Communities, a new nationwide initiative from PLA and National Network of Libraries of Medicine designed to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services. The free PLA on-demand webinar, “Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries,” provides an excellent background and introduction to issues that will be covered in greater depth at this preconference.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Gain increased confidence in providing English/Spanish health reference; teaching users how to recognize the elements of trustworthy materials and the warning signs of dubious health information; and selecting authoritative health information appropriate for diverse users
2: Evaluate the quality of health information in a variety of formats and apply criteria for collection development of consumer health materials
3: Be able to plan health-related programming and events that will appeal to your community

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

Tags: Preconference, Adult Services, Outreach Services, Programming/Services, Public Programs, Public Services


Bobbi Newman, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist
National Network of Libraries of Medicine GMR , Iowa City , IA

Bobbi Newman is a librarian, writer, and an international speaker. She is a Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine where she helps public libraries meet the health information needs of their communities. She is the author of the award-winning blog, Librarian by Day and in 2011 was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She has served on national initiatives from ALA, LITA, OITP, Pew, and NISO.

Margot Malachowski, Education and Outreach Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region , Worcester , MA

Margot Malachowski, MLS, AHIP teaches librarians, educators and community organizations about the resources available through the National Library of Medicine. Prior to coming to NNLM, Margot worked for 12 years in public libraries and 8 years in a hospital library. She has written articles and book chapters on hospitals collaborating with public libraries, libraries and the Affordable Care Act, and searching for integrative medicine information.

Carolyn Martin, Consumer Health Coordinator
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region , Seattle , WA

Carolyn Martin, MLA, AHIP is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region. She previously worked as a hospital librarian in two major hospital systems in Indianapolis for over 20 years. Carolyn seeks to connect public libraries and other community organizations with the freely available resources of the National Library of Medicine as they work to assist in the needs of the underserved populations in their communities

Monique Mason, Manager, Science & Technology Division
Akron-Summit County Public Library , Akron , OH

Monique Mason, AHIP, is the manager of the Science & Technology Division at the Akron (Ohio)-Summit County Public Library. She has been overseeing the library's consumer health collection and providing health information to public library users since 2008.


Registration for this preconference is now closed, but limited space may be available onsite.

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Cancellation Policy

The PLA 2018 Conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration or for other reasons. Neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancellation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to the cancellation of the workshops. All information listed on this website is subject to change.

Attendee Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations, requests for refunds, and/or changes will be accepted until February 23, 2018, and are subject to a $30 handling fee. Refunds will be processed after April 23, 2018. According to PLA policy, all meal events require preregistration. The above cancellation/change information also applies to all preconferences, meal events, and tours. No meal tickets will be sold onsite.

Exhibitor Cancellation Policy

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