The Midwest Chapter of MLA is grateful to the GMR for providing an expert speaker grant to support one of the educational options for the Midwest MLA 2019 conference. The conference, which was held in early October, took place in Milwaukee, WI. The expert speaker grant enabled the Professional Practice committee to offer the class “Questionable versus Reliable? Navigating the Biomedical Scholarly Publishing Landscape. This course provided attendees with basic knowledge to assist in evaluating biomedical search results and helped participants explore the many facets of today’s publishing landscape.
Our expert speakers and course instructors were Carolann Lee Curry and Anna Krampl. Both work at the Mercer University School of Medicine’s Skelton Medical Library. Carolann is a reference, outreach, and assessment librarian and Anna is the Head of Public Services. Both Carolann and Anna are also active in the Georgia Health Sciences Library Association (GHSLA) and are members of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association (SC/MLA).
Evaluations of the course were very positive. Those who attended the course were particularly excited about the time spent working through examples and visiting actual journal websites. One participant noted “I learned much more than I expected about how to provide guidance to patrons about individual publication and publishers. Another added “I am so grateful to have someone knowledgeable talking us through the many shades of gray”.
Support from the GMR is invaluable in helping us to make opportunities like this available to our members.
-Guest post by Angie Tucker