AUG 14

Why Wikipedia Matters for Health and Medical Information

In this webinar learn about the upcoming online training program Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information.

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Wikipedia is a go-to resource for health and medical information, not just for the general public but for health care providers as well. Over 50% of physicians, and 94% of medical students use Wikipedia to find medical information on the internet.* It may be popular but library staff want to know how reliable it is and how to assess quality on behalf of their patrons.

Join the webinar to learn about WikiProject Medicine, an organization of volunteers dedicated to developing, maintaining, and promoting accurate medical information on Wikipedia, and how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) supports strengthening the ability of public libraries nationwide to find reliable and authoritative medical and health information online for information seekers. Learn about the upcoming online course Wikipedia + Libraries: Health and Medical Information that will empower you to confidently guide your patrons to reliable resources on the internet. The free four-week course will be offered in the fall of 2019.

Presented by: Betha Gutsche, WebJunction Program Manager, OCLC; Liz Waltman, Outreach, Education and Communications Coordinator, Southeastern/Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine; and Monika Sengul-Jones, Doctoral Candidate at UC San Diego and former OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence.

*Heilman, James M; West, Andrew G (2015). "Wikipedia and Medicine: Quantifying Readership, Editors, and the Significance of Natural Language." Journal of Medical Internet Research. 17 (3): e62

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14 August 2019


3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]



Webinar presenter Betha Gutsche

Webinar presenter Liz Waltman

Webinar presenter Monika Sengul-Jones