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Thursday, October 17 • 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Recognizing and Avoiding Implicit Bias in Health Sciences Collections and Services

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Terri Ottosen will discuss how implicit bias impacts reference interactions and instruction effectiveness with library users. She will focus on providing consumer health information to users that will be inclusive in terms of race, religion, sexual preference, gender identity, ability, weight, and socioeconomic status. Sarah Jeong will discuss meta-analysis research done on the selective nature of citing research literature, which can favor positive results and result in citation bias. There are many textbooks, patient handouts, and other publications on health sciences topics that use language that may be offensive or even discriminatory in terms of race, religion, sexual preference, gender identity, ability, weight, or socioeconomic status. Karen Grigg will discuss methods collections librarians can use to evaluate implicit bias or self-blaming in health sciences and other science literature in order to guide their purchasing decisions. A rubric created by Karen Grigg and Terri Ottosen to evaluate collections for bias will be distributed.

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Sarah Jeong

Research & Instruction Librarian for Science, Wake Forest University
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Karen Grigg

Health Sciences Librarian for Collections and Instruction, UNC-Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library
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Terri Ottosen

Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian, UNC-Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library
Health literacy, consumer health

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Thursday October 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:20pm EDT
Winston 3C