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An Infopeople Webinar

December 1st, 2008 12:00 PM
1:00 PM

Presenter:  Kelli Ham  Photo of Kelli Ham

Do you serve people with low reading skills or limited English language proficiency? For these library users, health information may look like a jumble of complicated words, technical jargon and difficult instructions. Studies show that about a third of adult Americans have trouble understanding basic medical information. Quality health information is essential for making good healthcare decisions, but much of the readily available health information is written at a reading level that is too difficult for many to understand. For patrons who need information in other languages, the problem is even worse.

This webinar will identify appropriate sources for quality multilingual health information and understandable health information that is written in plain English, plus search strategies for finding specific topics in these formats. Attendees will hear new ideas for targeting specific user groups and enhancing services through innovative community partnerships. The webinar content will be useful for public and hospital librarians, library staff and anyone who provides health information to members of the public with these special information needs.

Webinars are free of charge and registration is only done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No passwords are required.


Please download PowerPoint so you can follow along during podcast.

  • Speaker's slides
    • ppt [2.3mb] - pdf (3 slides per page) [588kb]
  • Handouts
    • Finding Easy-to-Read and Multilingual Materials for your Patrons: doc [67kb] - pdf [23kb]

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