BCLA Workshop 2009 /reviewed by Brian Peaslee

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A short write-up by Brian about the 2009 workshop: "Answering Health & Medical Reference Questions: An Introduction for Information Professionals" November 19, 2009

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BCLA Workshop 2009 /reviewed by Brian Peaslee

  1. 1. BCLA Browser: Linking the Library Landscape Volume 2, no. 1 (2010) Answering Health & Medical Reference Questions: An Introduction for Information Professionals November 19, 2009 By Brian Peaslee. Dean Giustini, reference librarian at the University of Issues surrounding complementary and alternative British Columbia‘s Biomedical Branch Library and medicine were used to introduce the importance of instructor at the University of British Columbia and controlled studies and systematic reviews. Dean then Langara College, presented this all-day workshop at went on to demonstrate and lead the class through the Lynn Valley Main Library. Fourteen librarians and exercises using the PubMed citation index for library technicians from public, academic and biomedical research with both the free and Ovid special libraries attended. interfaces. Identifying and using high-quality consumer Notes for the course are available at: and research-level sources of health http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Answering_health information in answering reference questions _%26_medical_reference_questions:_an_introduction _for_information_professionals This class introduced the art of medical reference using primarily electronic sources. It began with a Links at: discussion of practical and ethical issues in the http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/BCLA_Continuing reference interview. Dean was able to call on his _Education_Workshop_-_November_19th,_2009 extensive experience as a medical reference librarian to provide tips and advice about effective And PowerPoint slides at: reference service. http://www.slideshare.net/giustinid/bcla-workshop- answering-health-and-medical-reference- He then presented a core list of web sites for questions?src=embed consumer health reference. These sites were explored through lecture and example. The discussion moved from here to systems for vetting Brian Peaslee is a librarian in the Science and and methods of analyzing the content of web sites. Business Division of Vancouver Public Library. http://bclabrowser.ca ISSN 1918-6118

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