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Upcoming WebJunction Webinar: Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information

Posted by on June 26th, 2019 Posted in: All Posts


Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, EST

Presenters: Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Program Manager, OCLC; and Liz Waltman, Outreach, Education, and Communications Coordinator, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, National Network of Librarians of Medicine.

Description: Wikipedia is a go-to resource for health and medical information, not just for the general public but for health care providers as well. Over 50% of physicians, and 94% of medical students use Wikipedia to find medical information on the internet. It may be popular but library staff want to know how reliable it is and how to assess quality on behalf of their patrons.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports strengthening the ability of public libraries nationwide to find reliable and authoritative medical and health information online for information seekers. Hear how Liz Waltman from the NNLM connects with WikiProject Medicine, an organization of volunteers dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting accurate medical information on Wikipedia. Learn about the upcoming online training program Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information that will empower you to confidently guide your patrons to reliable resources on the internet. The free four-week course will be offered in the fall of 2019.

Registration: Registration is free and can be accessed through the WebJunction class instance 

 Contact: For additional information, please contact Liz Waltman.

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