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Fox River Valley Area Library Consortium

FRVALC Educational Opportunities

This page contains information and links to educational offerings in the Fox Valley that might be relevant to FRVALC members.

Predatory Publishing Practices - What Librarians Need to Know

SCR Connections - Recording

Archived SCR Connections Webinars

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SCR CONNECTions is a monthly web conference presented by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region on various topics of interest to health sciences librarians and others. The webinar highlights topics such as NLM databases, subject specific resources, and technology topics.

Guest Speaker: Chris Gaspard, MSLS, and Emme Lopez, MLS, University of Texas Health San Antonio Libraries

Original Webcast Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Description: The current academic discussion surrounding predatory publishing and practices is growing. More and more often, librarians find themselves in the role of facilitating decisions about whether a journal is reputable and where to publish. As publishing has become more complex, so have the questions that librarians need to field.

After attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Place predatory publishing in the context of the changing publishing industry
  • Understand why scholars might publish in disreputable journals
  • Note the impact of predatory publishing on science and health
  • Feel empowered by gaining the tools to make informed decisions.

Speaker Bio: Chris Gaspard is a librarian at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Briscoe Library. She has been with the Health Science Center for over 29 years and has worked not only in the Library but also in the Department of Family and Community Medicine as well as being the program administrator in the Division of Geriatrics & Palliative Care, Department of Medicine. Chris is currently the Head of Liaison Services and serves as the Liaison Librarian to the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She assists all UT Health faculty, staff, students, and residents and has provided search support for many research projects. Chris also provides health information literacy instruction on evidence-based practice and database use both in the classroom and online via LibGuides. She has her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her master’s degree in Library Science with a specialization in Health Informatics from University of North Texas.

Emme Lopez currently serves as the Library Liaison to the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio. During her 7+ years as an academic librarian at UT Health San Antonio, Vanderbilt University, and UT San Antonio, Emme has published in the American Journal of Infection Control, produced an oral history project in support of the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, and assisted countless patrons in finding what they needed. Emme values creatively connecting users with the resources they need to move forward with research and achieve success in their projects. This has driven her to create point-of-need guides, interactive learning modules, and the tools to be discussed in the webinar.

This webinar will be eligible for one hour of Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit and will be archived for future viewing.


When : To be announced   [Includes Pre- and Post- discussion]
Where : To be announced

Please RSVP to Michele Matucheski at  or 920-223-0340


Putting the Quality in Qualitative: Tips for Evaluating Qualitative Research 

(MLA Webcast)
Think qualitative research is hard to evaluate for scientific rigor? Think again! This webinar will develop your skills in identifying the quality in qualitative studies and help you appreciate the value of qualitative research. You will get an overview of qualitative research study designs, learn criteria used to evaluate qualitative research, and develop your skills in quickly reading qualitative research article abstracts to evaluate the quality of a design. You will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience in evaluating qualitative research, and you will be invited to work on sample case studies during the session.

Learning Outcomes / Objectives
By the end of the webinar, you will be able to:
* identify advantages and disadvantages of qualitative approaches
* identify the types of research questions that qualitative approaches can address
* list the criteria used to evaluate qualitative research designs (e.g., reliability and accuracy, potential sources of bias)
* describe the defining features of qualitative approaches (e.g., interviews, focus groups, and participant-observations)
* select tools to evaluate the quality of qualitative research studies

All health information professionals with little or no knowledge of qualitative research.

Susan A. LaValley is an Institutional Research Training Grant (T32) National Research Service Award postdoctoral research fellow at the University at Buffalo Primary Care Research Institute, Department of Family Medicine. She has authored or coauthored a number of qualitative studies on caregiver social support and caregiver health information-seeking behaviors.

Registration Information
Length: 1.5 hour webinar
Original Air Date/Time: Thursday, September 13, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m., central time
Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the live webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours. [Michele will get codes for WHSLA members who wants CE credit.]

When : Friday, October 26, 2018 1:00-3:30 pm [Includes Pre- and Post- discussion]
Where : Cofrin Library, Room CL125D at UW-Green Bay

Please RSVP to Michele Matucheski at  or 920-223-0340

This program is being sponsored in The Fox Valley by The Wisconsin Health Science Library Association (WHSLA) and FRVALC. 


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