Leadership Considered: Refining and Defining Your Skills for Today and Tomorrow (4 MLA CE)
DESCRIPTION: What are attributes of leaders? What makes a good leader? How is leadership different from management? Can everyone lead? Do you understand your leadership style? How can you lead, not only your own unit but, within committees, at the institutional level or opportunistically. Do you have to be an extrovert or have gobs of charisma to be a leader? Are there physical traits that can strengthen your leadership style? What attributes will be needed in order to thrive as a effective leader in the future? If you have ever asked any or all of these questions then this course will help you focus your leadership journey. This is an intermediate course.
INSTRUCTOR: M.J. Tooey, MLS, AHIP, FMLA is Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs and Executive Director of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is also the Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern Atlantic Regional Medical Library and National DOCLINE Coordination Office under a cooperative agreement with the National Library of Medicine at NIH.
Tooey served as president of the Medical Library Association (MLA) from 2005-2006, is a Fellow of the Association and a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She was the 1997 recipient of MLA Estelle Brodman Award as Academic Medical Librarian of the Year and was the MLA Janet Doe Lecturer in 2016. She has also served as president of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. In 2011 she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. Tooey is author or co-author of over 100 chapters, articles, presentations or posters.
Location: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Time: Sunday 8 am - noon
Introduction to Research Design for Librarians (4 MLA CE)
DESCRIPTION: This course will provide an overview of research study designs, including quantitative and qualitative approaches. Participants will learn the defining features of different study designs (e.g. cohort, cross-sectional, case-control, RCT’s) and the strength of evidence each design permits, as well as how to make sense of crucial information presented in article abstracts (e.g. sample size and sampling techniques , p values, confidence intervals). Additionally, for librarians working with social science researchers, this course will review key features of qualitative research designs (e.g. interviews, focus groups, and participant-observations), as well as offer tools to evaluate the quality of these types of research studies. After completing this course, participants will be able to identify differences in research designs, including advantages, disadvantages, and appropriateness of each design type for answering particular research questions. Finally, for librarians who work with the public, the course will offer tips on how to help consumers understand research findings disseminated through the popular media.
INSTRUCTOR: Susan LaValley, MA, MLS, MS, is a medical librarian with extensive experience working with consumer, clinical, and academic user populations. She is currently a PhD candidate in Community Health and Health Behavior at the University at Buffalo. Her research endeavors examine a variety of topics related to health information behavior using diverse methodological approaches including qualitative in-depth interviews, observations of clinical interactions, and quantitative analysis of secondary data. Her research interests include: online health information seeking, information behaviors of family caregivers, and transmission of informational and emotional support through social networks.