[Libs-Or] ESU-SLIM Free webinars this week

Jeana Menger jmenger at emporia.edu
Tue Nov 17 16:13:59 PST 2020

Emporia State University's School of Library and Information Management invites you to this week's free webinars:

Health Insurance Literacy in Libraries
Presented by Emily Vardell

8 a.m. Pacific, Tuesday, Nov. 18

Zoom Link: https://emporiastate.zoom.us/j/96123980003

Today many adults have difficulty knowing how to find a physician, fill a prescription, use and pay for medications, and use health information to make informed decisions about their health. Libraries are prominent places in communities making libraries and librarians excellent resources for advancing health information literacy. For example, librarians can address the unmet information needs that leave many unable to make appropriate health insurance choices. For those with lower levels of health insurance literacy, the ability to procure appropriate levels of health insurance coverage may be limited, which can have dire effects on individuals' health statuses. Addressing this critical information need, Emily Vardell, Ph.D., will present a talk titled "Health Insurance Literacy in Libraries."

Emily Vardell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University. She teaches graduate courses on the foundations of library and information science, research methods, reference, consumer health, and health sciences librarianship. Her research interests are in the area of health information behavior with a focus on health insurance literacy and how people make health insurance decisions. Dr. Vardell earned her Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 and her Master of Library Science degree from Texas Woman's University in 2007. Her first book, The Medical Library Association Guide to Answering Questions about the Affordable Care Act (Rowman & Littlefield), has been called "impressively accessible" and "an important book for librarians in all types of settings."

Bringing Local History Alive
Presented by Marlys Lien and Mary Carpenter

12 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20

Zoom Link: https://emporiastate.zoom.us/j/93143473096

Everyone loves to hear stories about the place they live, yet few people actively seek out primary local history materials. If your library has a special collection full of rich historic details about your community, this presentation will discuss how to get your community to engage with your collections using social media, traditional media, and library programming. Finally, the presentation will explore ways to get people in your community to share their own stories.

Marlys Lien and Mary Carpenter work at Council Bluffs Public Library in Iowa. Marlys is Adult Programming Librarian and Mary is Support Service Manager.

[Emporia State University]
Jeana Menger, MLS
Director, Oregon MLS Program
School of Library and Information Management
Emporia State University

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