BCLA Continuing Education Workshop - November 19th, 2009

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When & where

  • Thursday, November 2009 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Lynn Valley Branch North Vancouver District Public Library (computer lab)
  • 1277 Lynn Valley Rd. North Vancouver, BC

Instructor: Dean Giustini

Date: Thursday November 2009 Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop goals

  • To develop approaches in locating credible health information in your library -- and on the web
  • To provide hands-on experience searching for health information in key sources, medical databases & search tools
  • To discuss advanced (or expert) searching; how to deal with difficult queries using virtual reference tools, referral services & social media


This 5-hour course focuses on identifying and using high-quality consumer and research-level sources of health information in answering reference questions in Canadian library settings. Participants are introduced to key print and electronic sources in health and various techniques used to evaluate websites ‘on the fly’. Participants will learn how to classify information needs and strategize how to locate credible, accurate information as well how to match information to patron requests. Search tools such as Google, Bing and PubMed will be used as well as fee-based sources such as the eCPS, the Cochrane Library and resources licensed by eHLBC. The instructor will use examples that touch on cultural sensitivities and health literacy.


  1. Types of health information – online & print/license and 'free'
  2. Consumer health information questions
  3. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
  4. Biomedical research questions
  5. Current events and awareness


Instructional methods include lecture, demonstration, discussion, small group work and hands-on exercises.

Instructor biography

Dean Giustini is a reference librarian at UBC's Biomedical Branch Library at Vancouver General Hospital. Definitely an "early adopter" of social media, he has gained attention for his blogging and his maintenance of HLWIKI Canada. Dean is on the editorial board of the Canadian Pharmacists Journal, was the Canadian Hospital Librarian of the Year in 2007 and one of the Library Journal's 2009 Movers and Shakers.
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