Section of the
Medical Library Association
Continuing Education Courses Sponsored by the History of the Health Sciences Section
The History of the Health Sciences: A One-Day Overview
Take an overview of the history of the health sciences in the West. Explore history with a concentration on medicine, a discussion of dentistry, and a look into nursing. Identify major names, issues, discoveries, and publications. Place these major pieces in a coherent historical context for the use of the health information professional.
Most medical librarians are faced with history of medicine questions by patrons such as a practitioner researching the history of a disease or a genealogist searching for a medical forbear. Even if you don't have a large history of medicine reference collection, there are solutions. Learn to identify important print resources and reference books, to seek out specialized collections, and to find free or low-cost Internet and Web resources.
An introduction to classic works in the history of the health sciences, with an emphasis on the physical book as well as the intellectual content of the work. Students will be given the opportunity to examine original printed and manuscript materials in the collection of the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine. This approach will provide a unique opportunity to place recognized classics into the context of their production, distribution, and reception. **This course was evaluated at MLA '10 and scored an overall course grade of 3.937 on a 4.0 scale. The mean score for all evaluated courses taught at MLA ’10 was 3.744 on a 4.0 scale
First Do No Harm: Basic Strategies for Administering Archival Materials in Health Sciences Libraries
This six-hour course will provide basic strategies for how library staff can arrange, protect, and make use of archival itmes and collections. Course instructors will discuss the physical arrangement and processing of items found within archival or manuscript collections, basic protection procedures to preserve original items, handling and administration of archival materials during reference and research use, and how to make holdings known to the broader library and archives community. This course will help improve the quality of health sciences library services. It will help librarians to acquire new knowledge and skills in health sciences librarianship; transition from one area library practice to another; acquire a greater depth of knowledge in an area of health sciences librarianship; and improve their ability to manage health science information resources.