As some of you may know, the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM) works closely with the Medical Library Association (MLA). Many NNLM staff are members of MLA and participate and even lead in the association’s work. Though you may not consider yourself a medical librarian but still offer consumer health services, you may want to keep these MLA resources in mind and you don’t have to be a member to benefit.
Code of Ethics for Health Sciences Librarianship guides library staff in providing health information ethically. Though brief, it broadly but clearly states how library staff should conduct themselves.
The Consumer and Patient Health Information Services caucus and others have created lists of resources and information for patients. These are resources that have been evaluated by medical library experts for you to offer directly to patrons as well as for you, the library staff, to use in providing health information to your communities.
Information here includes:
And of course, you may already be familiar with MLA if you claim MLA CE credits after taking our classes. NNLM classes offer MLA CE credit, some of which can be used to apply for various MLA specializations including the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS). You just need to create a Guest account with MLA at their MEDLIB-ED website.