Continuing Education

Annual Meeting Continuing Education Courses


  • All MCMLA2017 Continuing Education Courses will take place on Monday, October 9, 2017. See course descriptions below.
  • Registration is handled on a first-come, first-served basis, and no waiting lists are maintained. You do not have to register for the meeting to register for courses. Room assignments will be in the Online Program Planner. See the CE registration page to register or to get more information.
  • Member and non-member fee: $105 per class, except for the Intro to Health Sciences Resource class, which is free.
  • Student fee, pending available space: $75 per class.
  • Cancellation or course change fee: $50 per course (see the registration area for refund policy and deadlines).
  • MCMLA will send out a confirmation prior to the CE course if you are required to print and bring your own handouts.
  • Contact Ben Harnke for more information.

Monday, October 9, 2017 8am - 12 pm

Data and Donuts for Librarians: Launching Data Management Services in Medical Libraries

Dr. Tobin Magle, Data Management Specialist, Colorado State University

Are you interesting in offering data management services at your library but aren’t sure where to start? Then this class is for you! During this session, we will

  • Outline the data management topics that are commonly offered in libraries
  • Present strategies for how to determine what services might be most useful on your campus and create synergistic partnerships with other university entities
  • Dive into how to offer support with data management plans
  • Present a case study for using an institutional repository to archive and share research data
  • Identify additional training opportunities and open educational resources you can use to develop robust DM services

The class will consist of a mix of presentations, hands on activities, and discussion. So come ready to participate! 


Tobin Magle, PhD is the Data Management Specialist at the Morgan Library. Tobin has a background in molecular microbiology studying brain parasites and malaria transmission. Tobin made the leap into libraries as the Bioinformationist at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2014. At CSU, Tobin assists researchers with data management through a series of educational workshops and one on one consultations.



Teach Your Staff to Troubleshoot E-Resources

Sunshine Carter, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Stacie Traill, Technical Services/Specialized Cataloging Librarian, University of Minnesota Libraries

E-resource troubleshooting is an increasingly complex and time-consuming activity in the era of web-scale discovery. With multiple systems and access pathways involved, effective problem solving requires a sophisticated bundle of knowledge, skills, and tools. How can librarians and staff become effective and efficient troubleshooters? Through hands-on activities and group discussions, workshop participants will learn several practical approaches to documenting their e-resource access environment, systems, and troubleshooting methods, then create a framework for their own e-resources troubleshooting training curriculum. Presenters will cover key concepts and troubleshooting tools, and help participants understand how to apply those concepts and tools in their own discovery and access environments. Participants will also learn how to evaluate training effectiveness, along with strategies for practical reinforcement of troubleshooting techniques and skills. The presenters work in an Alma/Primo discovery environment, but this workshop is intended to be system agnostic. Participants will leave this session with drafts of training documents specific to their own environments.

Sunshine Carter is the Electronic Resources Librarian and Manager of the E-Resource Management Unit at the University of Minnesota Libraries.  Prior to her current role, she held positions as Reference & Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Sunshine is interested in the ecosystem of e-resources from licensing to cancellation. She often present on the topics of troubleshooting, licensing and managing e-resources.

Stacie Traill is a Metadata Analyst at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Prior to her current role, she held positions as Cartographic and Electronic Resources Cataloger and Special Formats Cataloging Coordinator also at the University of Minnesota. Stacie has worked extensively with electronic resources metadata and library discovery and management systems over the past decade. She has frequently presented and published on related topics, including e-book metadata quality, bulk metadata management, and troubleshooting.

Intro to Health Sciences Resources

Annette Parde-Maass , NNLM MCR Education and Outreach Coordinator, Health Information Literacy Coordinator, Creighton University

We invite library science graduate students and new health sciences librarians to learn about free and open resources you and your patrons can use to find health information. Whether you work or aspire to work as a public, academic, hospital, or other health sciences librarian, we'll share relevant resources with examples on how to implement them in the various settings. You will have time to explore the resources, compare and contrast their pros and cons, and share findings with other participants. You may even get to meet librarians from around the region who use these and other health information resources as part of their jobs.  

Annette Parde-Maass, MA ISLT, AHIP, is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR). Her base is Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Annette promotes and trains librarians, health professionals, educators, and the public on National Library of Medicine resources. She is a graduate of the Mizzou LIS program and remembers learning about MedlinePlus for the first time from Nebraska’s NNLM Coordinator during the Reference class held in Omaha.

Barb Jones is the Missouri State Coordinator and for Library Engagement projects within the MidContinental Region.  She is located at the J. Otto Lottes Health Science Library at the University of Missouri.  Barb is very interested in the role of libraries and information flow through the health care environment.  She has been helping librarians find ways to advocate for their value throughout her career.

Monday, October 9, 2017 1pm - 5pm

We’re Way Past Peas: Uses of Genetic Information to Understand Human Health and Guide Health Care Decision Making

Christian Minter, Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian , University of Nebraska Medical Center

This workshop will equip librarians to respond to the information needs of clinicians who are incorporating genetic information into their practice, as well as the information needs of consumers who are making sense of genetic information as it relates to their health. During the workshop, we will: 1) describe uses of genetic information in health care; 2) discuss challenges facing clinicians, consumers, and librarians working with rapidly changing genetic information; 3) introduce selected genomic medicine resources and 4) engage in exercises to use NCBI genomic medicine resources to answer clinically oriented questions. The course will be suitable for librarians from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are relatively unfamiliar with genetics and genetics resources.


Christian is the Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Previously, she was an Education Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region. Christian has experience working in academic and clinical settings, and provides trainings to increase skills in finding and using quality information resources. She is fascinated by the impact genetics has on personal and community health, and is looking forward to discussing how librarians can help improve access to genetic health information. 

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