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NAHSL CE Committee Presents:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website: an overview for the health sciences librarian (webinar)

When:  February 23, 2017 from 11:00am- noon (Eastern Standard Time)

Description: Finding different types of information about medications (shortages, safety, recalls, stages of approval) and devices are not uncommon requests of health sciences librarians. The FDA is an extremely large government agency with broad regulatory authority and oversight of many products, and works closely with several other government agencies. The multiple large divisions within this agency can make searching the FDA’s website challenging. Attend this webinar to learn more about this government agency, and gain an understanding of where to find the databases of particular value to information professionals.

Instructor:   Joanne Doucette, MS, MLIS

Joanne is Associate Director of the University Libraries and Associate Professor of Library and Learning Resources at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


Educational Objective: After completing this class, participants will be able to:
• List the core divisions and functions of the FDA
• Understand how to stay informed about/connected to the FDA utilizing email alerts, RSS feeds, and social media
• Identify links to regulatory communications from the FDA to researchers and industry
• Distinguish between three databases within the FDA website to quickly find information

Cost: NAHSL member rates

               Individual $25

               Site $150

         Non-member rates

            Individual $40

              Site $250

Register here by February 20.

MLA Continuing Education Credits : 1.0

Webinar login instructions will be emailed prior to the event.

If you have a question about the FDA website, post it in the comments section, and Joanne will try to incorporate it into her presentation.


MLA Presents a Webinar:

Getting Started with Statistics for Librarians

Does the term “p value” make you anxious when you read research articles? How high is your confidence level in interpreting research data? As librarians interact with more research through efforts with evidence-based practice and systematic reviews, they have a growing need for understanding statistics. This confidence-building course will help you be more comfortable with statistical concept for reading research findings and interpreting data.

Goals and objectives:

After participating in this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic statistical terms such as standard deviation, t test, p value, and so on
  • Identify test measures used in published research studies
  • Interpret the data, formulas, and graphs used in the research findings


  1. Examine sample research papers and their data analysis findings. Highlight statistical terms that will be discussed.
  2. Define the statistical concepts.
  3. Use interactive exercises to verify understanding. For example, to examine different research studies and decide which test measure was used.
  4. Reexamine the research papers and data to further reinforce the concept.


Jin Wu is an emerging technologies librarian at the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Medical Library. In this role, she tracks, investigates, and uses data proactively to address emerging trends that improve library services and promote library resources. Wu has extensive experience using various tools to gather and apply user information to make data-driven strategy and planning decisions. She has taught MLA continuing education courses on statistics and data analysis a few times in the past years. The classes were well attended and scored very well on evaluations. Wu is active in professional organizations and has given multiple presentations at national and local conferences. She is also a master’s of business administration candidate at USC Marshall School of Business.

Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar
  • Date/Time: September 7, 12:00pm-1:30pm, eastern time
  • Technical information: You will receive a link to the webinar and the participant's manual one week before the live webinar.
  • Cost:
    • Individual Member: $59 (Nonmember: $99)
    • Site: $225 (Nonmember Site: $325)
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.
  • Includes link to recorded webinar
  • Seats are limted so register now: Site or Individual

    NAHSL Education Committee

    CE Committee, 2016-2017

    James LaRue, Chair
    Anne Conner, Past Chair
    Nancy Bianchi
    Karen Goodman
    Laura Haines
    Heather Johnson
    Amy Moore
    Allison Papini
    Meredith Solomon
    Alice Stokes


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