For immediate release | February 8, 2013

A guide to the best sources for finding out about diabetes

CHICAGO — For the more than 26 million Americans diagnosed with or affected by diabetes, having accurate information on the disease is crucial. But the sheer volume of information available can be daunting for patients and caregivers alike. “The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out about Diabetes: The Best Print and Electronic Resources,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a comprehensive guide providing librarians and library users with background on key diabetes concepts, encompassing reliable print and electronic resources, including hard-to-find periodicals and audiovisual sources. Each chapter in this guide, authored by Dana L. Ladd and Alyssa Altshuler, provides an overview and description as well as an annotated list of multi-format resources on topics including:

  • types 1 and 2 and gestational diabetes;
  • diet, clinical trials and support sources;
  • legal and insurance issues.

Ladd manages the Community Health Education Center (CHEC) at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System and is an assistant professor on the faculty of VCU Libraries. At the CHEC, she assists patients and their family members in finding reliable health information at about their illness or condition. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Social and Behavioral Health at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alyssa Altshuler is the senior manager of library services for Ropes and Gray, LLP. She is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech.

Founded in 1898, the Medical Library Association (MLA) is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field, committed to educating health information professionals, supporting health information research, promoting access to the world's health sciences information, and working to ensure that the best health information is available to all.

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