Real Health: The Importance of Professionals in Today's Information Climate

Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists
Association of Mental Health Librarians

May 3-6, 2017
Worcester, Massachusetts

Conference Program

The Conference Planning team is putting together a program that promises to be educational and interesting to those working in behavioral health information from many sides, featuring presentations from SALIS and AMHL members, as well as invited guests. (Find a Brief Agenda to help with your travel plans below!)

2017 Highlights

Power Session: Mindfulness as Therapeutic Intervention
Judson Brewer, MD, Director of Research; Nicholas Olendzki, PhD, Post-Doctoral Associate; Madeleine Charney, MS LIS, Research Services Librarian

In this presentation, experts from UMASS will discuss mindfulness as a therapeutic intervention. Presenters will talk specifically about how mindfulness is used as a therapeutic intervention in mental health and substance abuse treatment and lead the group through a mindfulness exercise as well!

Activist Librarian II: Engaging in LGBTQ Cultural Competencies
Juan Carlos Vega, Activist Librarian & Information Consultant

This session will explore librarian's role as health activist and real information facilitator, current LGBTQ health disparities and realities affecting ATOD use, cultural competencies in working with LGBTQ communities, and non-traditional health resources available for LGBTQ communities.

Creating a SALIS Legacy: Building an ATOD Archive with Knowledge for All
Andrea Mitchell, Sheila Lacroix, Barbara Weiner, Meg Brunner, SALIS Members

This session will provide an update on the vision, goals, and current status of the SALIS digitization project, a publicly-available collection of digital ATOD books and documents, both academic and popular press, hosted by the Internet Archive.


Misperceptions and the Misused Language of Addiction: Words Matter
Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM, Boston University School of Public Health

Despite recognition as a health condition, terminology related to addiction used in both layperson and scientific publications is often inaccurate and stigmatizing. This presentation will look at national and international efforts now afoot to encourage the use of terminology that can improve accuracy, reduce stigma, and even improve care.

Bibliotherapy: A Brief Tour of Mental Health Literature from Early Asylum Libraries to Graphic Novels
Len Levin & Matthew Noe, Lamar Soutter Library, UMass Medical School

This presentation will trace the development of bibliotherapy and mental health over the past 200 years and will showcase some of the recent graphic medicine resources that are now available.

Reaching Military Veterans with an Evidence-Based Online Intervention for Problem Drinking and PTSD Symptoms
Eric Helmuth, Boston University School of Public Health & VA National Center for PTSD is a free self-guided online intervention that helps veterans cut back or stop drinking, and learn to manage PTSD symptoms without relying on alcohol. Find out what our team has learned as we built VetChange from the ground up.

Brief Agenda

Wednesday, May 3
9:00am - 4:00pm SALIS Board Meeting
5:30pm - 7:30pm Registration & Welcome Reception
Thursday, May 4
8:30am - 11:45am Conference sessions
11:45am - 1pm Lunch
1:00pm - 5:30 pm Conference sessions and Business/SIG/Committee Meetings
Friday, May 5
8:30 am - 12:00pm Conference sessions
12:00pm - 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm - 3:00pm Conference sessions
3:00pm - 5:00pm Tour of the American Antiquarian Society
Saturday, May 6
8:30am - 11:45am Conference sessions
11:45am - 12:45pm Business Meeting

For a look at past conferences, please visit our Conference Archive.

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