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Trust it or Trash It? Evaluating Health Information

March 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Training Tuesday, March 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m (1 CE)

Trust it or Trash It?  Evaluating Health Information

w. Lise Dyckman, MA, Executive Director, PlaneTree Health Library

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Institute on Aging welcomes Lise Dyckman, MA, Executive Director of PlaneTree Library, as she delivers a training on skillfully evaluating health resources.   Deciding whether to believe the latest hot news about health matters is not easy for professionals — much less figuring out how to help clients who are worried by rumors and confused by conflicting claims.  Librarians constantly wrestle with the problems of finding trust-worthy and accurate sources for consumer health information, and with fact-checking and evaluating reports of medical research. In this program, we will share the basic techniques in librarians’ toolboxes for deciding whether to trust health claims, or trash them, even if you are not an expert on that subject. The resources covered include mental health as well as chronic diseases.


  • Identify at least two verified sources of health information to share with one’s clients
  • Use lateral searches and other fact-checkers’ techniques to determine the accuracy of health claims and identify fake news
  • Implement at least two methods for seeking out evidence-based health information

Instructor: Lise M. Dyckman, MA MLIS CHIS, Executive Director, PlaneTree Health Library   Answering questions, creating reference guides, and teaching people how to search for themselves have been the focus of Lise’s work as a librarian. In a nearly 4-decades’ long career, she has worked in libraries that served hospitals and healthcare professionals, patients, healthcare policymakers, and students and faculty at several universities. Now, as the Executive Director of PlaneTree Health Library, she curates online health information for the public. Among other degrees and qualifications, she is certified as a Consumer Health Information Specialist with the Medical Library Association.

About PlaneTree Health Library: San José’s PlaneTree Health Library was founded in 1989, based on the then-radical idea that informed people make better patients and more savvy advocates for their own health, their families, and their communities. Over the years it has evolved from a walk-in library to a librarian-curated collection of online health information, available 24-7. While it is focused on the health concerns of people in the South Bay Area, those health issues are universal. The free, accurate, up-to-date, and evaluated resources selected by our librarians are available to everyone. PlaneTree Health Library’s homepage is https://www.planetree-sv.org/


March 23
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


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