UNMC Medical Librarians and the National Library of Medicine to offer free informational sessions

Learn how to search for quality health information at free workshops

Free informational sessions on how to search for health information and how to evaluate health information sites will be offered in 21 communities across the state Sept. 18 through Oct. 5.

The sessions, which are open to the public, are led by medical librarians from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) and the National Library of Medicine. These sessions are part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) through the Nebraska Library Commission.

“Increasing access to consumer health information leads to better informed consumers,” said Nancy Woelfl, Ph.D., director of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at UNMC.

The training sessions will enable citizens to make better informed decisions regarding their family’s health care requirements, she said, adding that these services have an economic impact because they are delivered at no cost through the CHIRS program at the McGoogan Library of Medicine and its library partners across the state.

“CHIRS provides the most current, reliable information available and is a great service that most people are unaware of. We hope to change that through these workshops,” Dr. Woelfl said.

This project is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration BTOP. Additional funding is provided by the American Recover and Reinvestment Act and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Participating libraries are listed below.

Sept. 24 – 10:00am – Sidney Public Library

Sept. 24 – 2:00pm – Kimball Public Library

Sept. 27 – 9:00am – Alliance Public Library

Sept. 27 – 2:00pm – Chadron Public Library

Sept. 28 – 10:30am – Rushville Public Library

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