Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dual language library technology instruction


Medical Librarianship & Technology for an International Audience
Thursday, January 29 2015
9:00pm Eastern/6:00 Pacific
Hosts Myriam Martinez-Banuelos and Michele Whitehead (@whiteheadml)

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Medical librarians have much to offer to international audiences when it comes to disseminating information about the profession, technology, and the evolving landscape of librarianship and medicine. The literature on diversity specifically in educational settings and professional practice can be a great starting point, but part of the learning and preparation can come from experience. The hosts developed and offered a course to library school students in Costa Rica on medical librarianship and technology. There were a number of challenges, both anticipated and surprising, but a few considerations for “best practices” emerged from this experience.

We will tackle some of the following questions:
  1. What are some relationship building approaches with an international group that assist in making connections early on to even get an opportunity to offer a class? 
  2. Once a class is scheduled, what are barriers to being able to offer instruction to a non-English speaking audience (some things to consider: time, resource availability and content, translation and interpretation, culture, medical knowledge, etc.) 
  3. Are there valuable lessons to be learned with this type of audience, as instructors, that can translate into other types of teaching?

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