The Information Literate Social Worker: Researching Diverse Populations



The Information Literate Social Worker: Researching Diverse Populations

Tuesday, May 16th, 2023

10:00am to 12:00pm ET


Presenter: Elaine Lasda, MS

NASW-NYS Members: $20

NASW Other Chapter Member: $40

Non-Members: $50

NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Members: FREE

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hours for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists and licensed psychologists

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Workshop Description
Social science research has in the past focused on a narrow scope of target populations. Effective practice with diverse populations is can be improved with evidence based research that helps us address the unique needs of various client types. This session is designed to help describe ways for social workers to identify authoritative, evidence based information on working with diverse populations. The presenter will lead participants in using credible resources that are free or available to New York State residents. The program will discuss how to use precise searching strategies to identify those “needles in the haystack.” The presenter will also discuss concepts such as outdated language, ethics, and other aspects of being an information literate social worker!


Learning Objectives

After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.    Describe how to find information using credible, authoritative web-based sources that are free to NYS residents or otherwise on the web.
2.    Explain how to navigate search terms that we now understand to be problematic
3.    Identify ways to leverage more sophisticated searching strategies for quality information. 
4.    Describe perspectives and ethics related to working with diverse clients.

This workshop is approved for 2.0 continuing education credit hours.

NASW-NYS is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (Provider ID #0014), licensed mental health counselors (Provider ID #MHC-0053), licensed marriage and family therapists (Provider ID #MFT-0037) and licensed psychologists (Provider ID #PSY-0088).

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Elaine Lasda, MS in Library Science. Elaine Lasda is the Coordinator of Scholarly Communications and the Subject Librarian for Social Welfare and Gerontology at the University at Albany. She works closely with the UAlbany School of Social Welfare to educate aspiring social workers in best practices for searching, identifying, and evaluating evidence-based research and applied practical materials.  Elaine received the SUNY President’s and Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Librarianship in 2015. She possesses a master’s in library science from the University at Albany. and a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Oswego. Elaine also holds a Master's-level Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science from Syracuse University. Her 2012 article,” Finding Citations to Social Work Literature: The Relative Benefits of Using Web of Science, Scopus, or Google Scholar” has been cited in the scholarly literature over 150 times. When she’s not working, she enjoys the quaint charm of her historic Hudson Valley village,  spending “hammock time” watching activities on the Hudson River from her deck, going to drive-in movies, and hanging out with her cats, Iggy and Cyggie.



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May 16th, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Event Fee(s)
NASW-NYS Member $20.00
NASW Other Chapter Member $40.00
Non-Member $50.00
NASW-NYS Student and Transitional Member $0.00