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

This class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of the librarian in the provision of health information for the public. Come learn about the evolution of consumer health, health literacy and the e-patient. Participants will be equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites, e-patient resources and collection development core lists. We will discuss creative ideas for health information outreach. The class will wrap up with an opportunity to explore effective marketing approaches and develop an elevator speech.

This course will help health sciences librarians understand the issues of big data in clinical outcomes and what roles health sciences librarians can take on in this service area. Course content comes from information shared by the presenters at the “Using Data to Improve Clinical Patient Outcomes” forum, top picks from the NNLM Data Curation/Management Journal Club articles, and completion of the course “Big Data Fundamentals” from Cognitive Class, and other areas selected by the course instructors. 

Please note that though this course is taught primarily asynchronously, there are deadlines to complete specific assignments. The next class will begin on July 9, 2018. You can register for the class by visiting The Big Data in Healthcare Class Webpage. (new window)


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.

This class covers concepts of visually representing data and proven tools that are effective in making data understood at a glance. Students will increase their knowledge on data visualization concepts and a variety of data visualization applications. 

LGBT individuals face many barriers in accessing healthcare, including discrimination, lack of access, misunderstanding, and fear. As a consequence, many LGBT individuals do not regularly access appropriate and timely care. The more informed healthcare professionals are, LGBT patients and clients will become more comfortable in an environment that is often alienating, disrespectful, and traumatic. This class will discuss cultural competency, health information needs, and information resources for working with LGBT patrons.

4-week online class that provides 12 CE.  It is designed to provide public library staff with the foundation (or a refresher) of health and wellness reference, programming, and outreach for their communities.


You can register for the class by visiting Stand Up for Health page (new window)

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.