Spring 2020 Workshop – Beyond an Apple a Day and Caring for the Mind



Thursday, April 30th
9am to 11:30am: Beyond an Apple a Day
1pm to 3pm: Caring for the Mind

INCOL presents two online workshops in partnership with the National Library of Medicine. Attendance is free to library staff of INCOL members. Feel free to set up a group viewing if allowed.

You will need to create an NNLM account to register. Click on the title links below to sign up for each workshop. Once registered, an email with a link to the webinar will be sent to you. These classes are eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Beyond an Apple a Day

This hands-on class will cover the health information seeking behavior of consumers and the role of library staff 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 leave equipped with knowledge of top consumer health sites. 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. Click on the title to register.

Caring for the Mind

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced library staff. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed. Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants’ skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public. Click on the title link to register.


Carolyn Martin focuses on organizations who work with underserved populations such as those who live in rural areas, older adults, those with various abilities, immigrants and refugees, and other minorities. The National Library of Medicine offers a variety of resources on health and science education which she highlights to K-12 educators, school nurses and school librarians to prepare students for biomedical careers as well as to be informed health consumers. Carolyn’s interests include, health literacy, genomic health literacy, accessibility, and health news. Carolyn received her undergraduate degree from Goshen College and her MLS from Indiana University. She has been a public librarian and a hospital librarian where working with the public and patients led to her current position.

Emily Hamstra has worked as an academic librarian, public librarian, and for a library vendor. She is the past-chair of the Reference and User Services Association’s Collection Development and Evaluation Section (RUSA-CODES). As PNR’s Outreach Coordinator, Emily delivers outreach and educational programming about resources of the National Library of Medicine to promote access to biomedical and health information resources and develops partnerships with state and regional organizations.

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