Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Friday, October 6 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Health in the Headlines: Critical Evaluation to Combat 'Fake News'

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Can I go back to eating bacon? Will going gluten-free fight the blues? Will my doctor approve of my daily consumption of dark chocolate? Health news reported in the headlines of newspapers, magazines, television, radio shows, and social media can sow confusion, bringing your library patrons in with questions. Learn how to critically evaluate health information portrayed in the media in order to determine whether headlines accurately communicate the results of the science. During this session, participants will delve into the scientific research behind health headlines, learning the difference between scientific studies, the role of bias, and gaining an understanding of key concepts of statistics relating to risk. This session will provide participants with the know-how to help patrons look more critically at health issues reported in the media and will identify reliable sources of health news available through the National Library of Medicine.


Katherine Chew

Associate Librarian, Research/Outreach Services, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota
Katherine Chew, MLS, is an Associate Librarian and the Research/Outreach Services Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota. She provides research support and consultation to University of Minnesota researchers in the Academic Health Center. As Outreach... Read More →

Elizabeth Kiscaden

Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region (GMR)
Elizabeth Kiscaden is the Associate Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), Greater Midwest Region (GMR) office and has been a health sciences librarian for nearly a decade. Originally from Minnesota, Elizabeth worked at the Mayo Clinic in the Center for... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 103