By Wendy Sarubbi | March 19, 2012 10:01 am

Shalu Gillum, public services librarian at the College of Medicine’s Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library, has received special certification to help the community find health information.

Shalu recently completed her Consumer Health Information Specialization training, earning a level 2 certification from the Medical Library Association. The nonprofit, educational group has more than 4,000 health sciences information members worldwide.  To earn the certification, Shalu had to complete a total of 24 hours in on-line classes.

“The certification will help me serve public patrons better,” said Shalu, who also provides support to faculty and staff members and students at the UCF College of Medicine.

Shalu emphasized that she does not provide medical advice but is able to help people find information and resources on health topics like diabetes that may affect them or their families. The library’s Consumer Health Collection includes books on specific diseases and reference materials such as the Physicians Desk Reference. Shalu hopes to expand that collection as opportunities arise.

In addition to earning a master’s degree in library and information science, Shalu has worked as a licensed Florida attorney in real estate, probate, family law and general corporate law.

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