Continuing Education

The NY-NJ Chapter of MLA offers CE courses and a Journal Club for the professional development of its members. Non-members are also invited to participate in CE offerings. Registration is on a first come/first serve basis. Any fees for Chapter members, Student members, and non-members will depend on the expenses for each course.

The Medical Library Association’MEDLIB-ED provides a single point of access for all health information professionals to find relevant online educational opportunities:

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine of the National Library of Medicine – NLM/NNLM – Professional Development webpages lists free training and CEs from NLM’s NTO and the Regional NNLM offices that may be of interest to our members:

Upcoming Events

Mental Health First Aid USA – Adult 

Registration is now open for Mental Health First Aid USA – Adult on January 20, 2021

Mental Health First Aid USA is an adult public education program designed to improve participants’ knowledge and modify their attitudes and perceptions about mental health and related issues, including how to respond to individuals who are experiencing one or more acute mental health crises (i.e., suicidal thoughts and/or behavior, acute stress reaction, panic attacks, and/or acute psychotic behavior) or are in the early stages of one or more chronic mental health problems (i.e., depressive, anxiety, and/or psychotic disorders, which may occur with substance abuse).  Librarians, or anyone working in a public service capacity would benefit from this workshop.

Participants will learn

  • Risk factors, warning signs, and symptoms for a range of mental health problems, including comorbidity with substance use disorders
  • The impact and prevalence of mental health problems
  • Common support and treatment resources

Participants will also learn a five-step action plan, known as ALGEE, for use when providing Mental Health First Aid to an individual in crisis:

A–Assess for risk of suicide or harm

L–Listen nonjudgmentally

G–Give reassurance and information

E–Encourage appropriate professional help

E–Encourage self-help and other support strategies

Mental Health First Aid is listed in the Substance Abuse and Mental Services Administrations’ (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. To learn more, visit


8 MLA CE credits will be awarded for this course, and participants will also receive a certificate of completion from Mental Health First Aid USA

**Please Note:  All participants must complete the entire workshop in order to receive their MLA CE certificate and Mental Health First Aid USA certificate of completion**


Martha Boomer is Assistant Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services Family Home Care Program.   She holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology and Psychology from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Brooklyn College/CUNY.   Ms. Boomer has been active in children’s health issues for over thirty years having worked for New York City’s Administration of Children’s Services and its counterpart the Human Resources Administration.  She is certified as both an Adult and a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Angela Taylor is currently employed with New York City- Administration for Children‘s Services.  A graduate of St. Joseph’s College, Ms. Taylor is certified as both an Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer.

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Time: 9:00am-2:00pm
Location: Online Presentation via Zoom


Member (NY-NJ/Philadelphia Chapter): $23.99
Student/Retiree: $15.00
Non-Members: $38.99

Payment must be received by Friday, January 8, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Trina Keith at (347) 573-5799 or email:


Previous Events

Date Description
October 19, 2016 9:00am-4:30pm
Trials and Tribulations: Managing a Systematic Review Service (6.5 MLA CE)
Instructors: Sarah Jewell, MLIS, Information & Education Librarian George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey & Diana Delgado, MLS, AHIP, Associate Director for User Support, Research and Education Weill Cornell Medicine Samuel J. Wood Library & C.V. Starr Biomedical Information Center
July 19, 2016 8:30am-5:00pm
Mental Health First Aid
Instructors: Martha Boomer and Angela Taylor
June 26, 2015 9:30am-1:30pm
PubMed and the Evidence-Based Universe (4 MLA CE)
Instructor: Kate Flewelling
August 24, 2014 9:30am-12:30pm
Health Literacy: It’s Importance to You (2 MLA CE)
Instructor: Michelle Burda
March 28, 2014

PubMed and Beyond: Clinical Resources from the National Library of Medicine (3 MLA CE)
Instructor: Kate Flewelling

PubMed for Experts (3 MLA CE)
Instructor: Kate Flewelling

March 27, 2014

Grants and Proposal Writing (3 MLA CE)
Instructor: Kate Flewelling

Public Health Information on the Web (4 MLA CE)
Instructor: Kate Flewelling

September 30, 2013 Demystifying Molecular Biology
February 6, 2013 ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers
Instructor: Carrie Iwema
April 30, 2012 EBM and the Medical Librarian
Instructor: Connie Schardt
Sept 20, 2010 Communicating with Physicians: for Librarians
Instructors: Bradley Long & Dr. Peter Jocovy
Jun 16, 2010 PowerPoint Alternatives – Webinar
Instructor: Jovy-Ann Rosario
Mar 30, 2010 Master Your Metrics: Understanding Bibliometrics – Webinar
Instructor: Aileen McCrillis
Oct 5&8, 2009 3 by the Sea Trichapter Conference CEs
Oct 30, 2008 Presentation Skills Workshop
Instructor: Carla List Hardy
Mar 4, 2008 Practical Project Management: Getting It Done When You Are The Only One (Or Feel Like The Only One)
Instructor: Pat Wagner
Nov 17, 2006 Emerging Mobile Technologies
Instructors: Gabriel R. Rios and Melissa De Santis
Apr 27, 2006 Super Searcher: Searching the Web
Instructors: Denise O’Shea, MLS
Jun 21, 2005 PubMed for Experts
Instructor: Joan Seidman
April 19, 2004 Introduction to Reference Sources in the History of Health Sciences
Instructors: Patricia E. Gallagher, MLS, AHIP and Stephen J. Greenberg, Ph.D.
Sept 19, 2003 Getting the Message Across
Instructor: helen-ann brown, MLS, MS, AHIP
 Jul 23, 2003 Government Resources in Consumer Health
Instructor: Kathleen A. Moeller, MLS, AHIP
 Mar 26, 2003 Evidence Based Medicine Resources from Ovid Technologies
Instructor: Ovid Technologies
 Winter 2002 Mini-Medical School for Librarians
 Sept 24, 2002 Drug and Pharmaceutical Information Resources
Instructor: Elizabeth Wood, MA, MSLS, AHIP
 Jul 10, 2002 Introduction to Reference Services in the Health Sciences
Instructor: Elizabeth Wood, MA, MSLS, AHIP
 Apr 19, 2002 Mini Medical School for Librarians
Announcement: “The Continuing Education Committee of MLA, New York-New Jersey developed an exciting new program:
the Mini-Medical School for Librarians.”
“The day-long session, designed specifically for librarians who work with health information, provides an introduction to the basics of clinical medicine. A variety of topics are addressed in 45-minute lectures given by health care professionals.”
Sept 24, 2001 Building Medical Vocabulary
Instructor: helen-ann brown, MLS, MS, Librarian, Information Services, Weill Cornell Medical Library
 May 9, 2001 History of the Health Sciences: A One-Day Overview
Instructors: Patricia Gallagher, MLS, AHIP, Special Projects Coordinator, New York Academy of Medicine Library; and Stephen Greenberg, MSLS, PhD, Reference/Collection Access Librarian, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine
 Oct 16, 2000 Allied Health Professions: Information Issues and Resources (* MLA CEU)
Instructors: Ellen Hall, MLS, AHIP, Dana Medical Library, University of Vermont-Burlington and Elizabeth R.Warner, MSLS, AHIP, Scott Memorial Library, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Aug 9, 2000
(AM / PM sessions)
Introducing The New Web Docline (3 MLA CEU?)
Instructor: Joanne Jahr, Middle Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Site: METRO, New York, NY
 July 18, 2000
(AM / PM sessions)
Introducing The New Web Docline (3 MLA CEU?)
Instructor: Joanne Jahr, Middle Atlantic Region, National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Site: New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY

Annual Spring Dinners

Date Description
Jun 15, 2010  6:30pm at the East of Eighth Restaurant, Manhattan
Jun 16, 2009 6pm at the El Quijote Restaurant, Manhattan