The Information Literate Social Worker: Locating Resources for Practice (Session 1 of 2)
Presenter: Elaine M. Lasda, MLS
NASW-NYS Members: $40
NASW Other Chapter Member: $60
This workshop is approved for 4.0 continuing education credit hour(s) for licensed social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and licensed marriage and family therapists.
It is imperative that social workers keep current on the latest trends in practice, advocacy, policy, management, ethics, and research in a variety of ways. One challenge for social workers in the field is in locating evidence-based research on issues of interest. The current Open Science movement has made more research publicly available than ever before, and there are many places to turn to obtain the latest findings. Attendees will learn about many free web sources beyond Google and Google Scholar with discussion on their strengths and limitations. In addition, NYS residents have free, remote access to many libraries with valuable databases and high-quality information. This training will demonstrate how to identify a research problem, locate information using these resources, and review various evaluative constructs to improve understanding of the material. By being an information literate social worker, we bolster professional knowledge and experience with new information that may lead to improved outcomes.
After the completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the premise of Open Access research and what it means for access to evidence based research;
- Identify key resources for social work evidence available freely on the web;
- Obtain access to the New York State Library and New York Public Library and access their resources remotely;
- Evaluate new information about clinical practice and other social work areas.
This workshop is approved for 4.0 continuing education credit hour(s).
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), and licensed marriage and family therapists. (Provider ID #MFT-0037).
Elaine M. Lasda, MLS, is Librarian for Social Welfare and Research Impact at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Appointed to this role in 2008, she works primarily with MSW students and social welfare faculty in identifying materials for research, assignments, and practice. She orders all of the journals, databases, books, and reports related to social work and social welfare for the University at Albany Libraries. She received her CAS in Data Science from Syracuse University and her MLS from the University at Albany. She is a 2015 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Librarianship and a 2017 Fellow of the Special Libraries Association. She has published two peer-reviewed articles related to social work research indexing and citation rates: Finding citations to social work literature: The relative benefits of using Web of Science, Scopus, or Google Scholar, published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship; and Social Gerontology—Integrative and Territorial Aspects: A Citation Analysis of Subject Scatter and Database Coverage, Published in Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian.