All courses in this section are taught on a particular day or over a particular set of days, weeks or months.

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.

An introductory bioinformatics course for librarians designed to help you gain a functional understanding of molecular biology concepts sufficient to use the NCBI bioinformatics databases, describe the information contained in the Nucleotide, Gene, Structure and Protein databases, and develop search strategies for common patron questions related to molecular biology that can be addressed using these resources. January - May 2019 cohort. 

An introductory bioinformatics course for librarians designed to help you gain a functional understanding of molecular biology concepts sufficient to use the NCBI bioinformatics databases, describe the information contained in the Nucleotide, Gene, Structure and Protein databases, and develop search strategies for common patron questions related to molecular biology that can be addressed using these resources. Aug - Dec 2018 cohort. 

Veterans and their families need reliable health information resources and training to locate health information that is sensitive and pertinent to their needs. This course will cover resources for finding information on general health conditions, mental health resources including those for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family issues, substance abuse, amputations, support groups and more. Additionally, this class will prepare participants to find and assess other veterans’ health resources.

This self-paced course is designed to introduce you to nutrition information resources available through government resources such as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This course contains two one-hour webinar sessions, which you have the option to attend live or view as a recording. 

This course is approved for 4.0 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA) which will be made available at the end of the course.


Dark chocolate, red wine, and stem cells - what do these have in common? All have been reported in the news as having health benefits. Often the first place your patrons will hear about health issues is in the media. This interactive, hands-on CE course will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories. The impact of celebrity illness will also be discussed. By the end of this course, participants will be better equipped to help their patrons look more critically at health issues that are being reported in the news media. Actual news articles and research reports will be included for critique.

This course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies.

This is a 6-week class, and there will be approximately 30 to 90 minutes of work per week. At the end, you will have earned 8 hours of MLA or CHIS CE credit.