Webinar: Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library with Jarrod Irwin

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Date(s) - 04/09/2020
10:00 am CDT - 11:00 am CDT

Responding to questions involving topics on mental health is challenging even for the most experienced librarian. In Caring for the Mind, participants will learn how to effectively provide mental health information at their libraries. Participants will learn about the best electronic resources to consult as well as ways to improve their print collections. Best approaches for handling interactions with emotional patrons will also be discussed.

Other topics covered include: bibliotherapy; assessment/testing; and the future of mental health. This class will increase participants’ skills for providing mental health information for care providers and the public.

NLM resources covered in this class include MedlinePlus, Drug Information Portal, DailyMed, and Pillbox as well as other NIH and freely available authoritative resources.

  • Gain awareness of mental health issues.
  • Learn to respond to challenging reference questions for mental health information.
  • Be informed of tools for collection development and mental health research including the latest web sites and databases.

Jarrod Irwin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, which is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. His work includes training library staff, health care providers, and the general public in health literacy and reliable resources that people can use to learn about their health. He has previously worked in vocational rehabilitation and healthcare IT. Jarrod holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Register for the live webinar OR the webinar recording on our Zoom platform. By doing so, even if you don’t attend the live event, you will receive a link to the webinar recording after the event. Please email us if you have any questions.

For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.