“The Power of Knowledge”

That’s the title of a workshop I’ve given, twice as a poster and twice as a class, on finding and using information about affective (mood) and related disorders. Being educated about a medical problem is vital to survival, especially if it’s one that can be disruptive, disabling or even deadly as well as chronic and costly to treat, and that is marginalized in being both stigmatizing and pushed aside when research dollars are allocated. But the potential impact of learning and publicizing the facts about a disease or disability is not the only reason I believe that knowledge is the source of power. Understanding our history–knowing where we’ve been–is the key to knowing where we should, and shouldn’t, be going…and that’s the source of my love of history and that aspect of it known as personal and family history, or genealogy.

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About barbaraj60

I've been a librarian for three decades and change, specializing in history, genealogy and consumer-health information, education and advocacy, with a passion for music and for languages and literature, especially French. It's now July 2015 and in about two and a half months I'll be retiring from a public-service library job in social sciences, history and genealogy, by which time I'll be taking some courses (online) through the Medical Library Association to earn a second three-year renewal of my Consumer Health Information Specialist certificate; I also plan to start taking a 15-week online course through Boston University, leading to a genealogy certificate. It's not the CG but it should help me prepare for that quite well. So...my plan is to start a research and information consulting business, working with individuals and companies, especially nonprofit organizations, focusing on bringing individuals and groups to history and genealogy--and vice versa--and the same in the case of knowledge and its positive outcomes in such fields of medicine as mental health and mental illness, thyroid (and parathyroid) diseases especially thyroid cancer, lymphedema, and eye, joint and connective-tissue diseases. Why all these? Because I know them intimately and first-hand, and I am well aware of the power of knowledge to help us live as well and as long as we can, while helping others to do the same! I'd also love to go back to school and get my Ph.D....but that's another story for another day. Meanwhile, first things first: a lot of writing, a lot of one-on-one and small-group teaching, and sharing and transmitting my sense of the vital importance of information and education to any society that hopes to merit the adjective "free"!
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