Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Consumer Health Information

Instructor: Courtney Mlinar

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 0.75 CEUs

Price: $90

Identifying and recommending authoritative and trusted consumer health resources is an increasingly important role for public, school, corporate, special and medical librarians. Although the majority of the American public researches health information online, it can be difficult to find information that will help the consumer make an informed decision about their medical care. This two-week course will help you learn how to identify authoritative health information and help you select which resources best suit your patrons. Course content will include top consumer health resources, multilingual patient education sources, and state and federal health resources. We will also discuss cultural competence, drug and complementary medicine resources, support groups and evaluating medical apps.

Courtney Mlinar

Courtney Mlinar is the Head Librarian/Associate Professor at Austin Community College Elgin campus. She formerly worked as the Liaison Librarian for the Colleges of Pharmacy, Dental Medicine and Optometry at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She authors the Library Professional Development blog. Courtney is a frequent presenter at conferences; recent presentations include "Medicine is Mobile," "Mobile Apps for Higher Education," "Creating an Information Literacy Badges Program in Blackboard: A Formative Program Evaluation," "Innovative Mobile Health Literacy Instruction," and "Information and Reference Services: What is the Best Model?" Interview with Courtney Mlinar

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.