Sunday, February 17, 2013

Health Information on the Internet: Consider the Source

Would you like to learn techniques for finding credible health information on the Internet? Did you know there are medical databases available through the websites of Valley View Hospital and the Glenwood Springs Library? Would you like to learn what a medical database is and how you can use it to acquire personal health information?

Join Jean Winkler from the Connie Delaney Health Library at Valley View Hospital and Pat Conway, Branch Manager of the Glenwood SpringsBranch Library, for two presentations about health information on the Internet. The librarians are partnering to promote the importance of developing personal health knowledge which is instrumental in making informed health care decisions.

The first session, “Consider the Source,” will be held on March 19 and will demonstrate how to evaluate the credibility of health information found on the Internet. On March 21, the second session, “Getting There from Here,” will include instruction on accessing reliable information through both the public library and hospital library databases. In each session, time will be available for participants to search topics specific to individual needs. Both Conway and Winkler emphasize that the sole purpose of the training is to learn to locate and analyze a wide range of health information. It is not intended to be a substitute for consulting with a health professional.

Plan to attend the sessions Tuesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 21 from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library at 413 9th Street. Space is limited, so reserve a computer for the training by contacting either Pat Conway at 945-5958 or Jean Winkler at 384-6950. The sessions will be repeated in April.
Location: Glenwood Springs Branch Library, 413 9th Street

Day: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 and Thursday, March 21, 2013
Time: 1:00 pm-2:30 pm