The ABCs of DNA: Helping Patrons Unravel the Mystery of Genetic Information
Friday, March 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 107 AB
Genetics is increasingly becoming a factor in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases as well as frequently seen in headline news. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information associated with their health. The session will cover genomic health literacy?and provide reliable resources regarding health conditions with a genetic component, privacy, genetic testing, and precision medicine.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Recall 1 reason it is important to learn about the connection between genetics and health 2: Express 2 societal concerns regarding genetics and health 3: Locate 3 appropriate and authoritative health information resources regarding genetics and health
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)
Tags: Serving Adults, Adult Services, Literacy, Outreach Services, Privacy, Reference Services
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
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.