I came up with a few ideas
1. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine has a list
of resources that have been created by public librarians for use by their
colleagues in answering health information questions and promoting health #infolit.
http://nnlm.gov/outreach/community/onsite.html Also, from the home page you can select a
region and find resources and initiatives that foster collaboration among
libraries and information centers that serve health information needs. The
above will give you the US perspective.
2. The Society of Chief Librarians published a report
that public libraries in Wales do to support health, and wellbeing. You can
start with exploring individual case studies and find out how projects were developed
after the publication of the report. For instance, it's mentioned there that a project
was very successful named "Book Prescription Wales Scheme"
which involved partnership work with groups such as MacMillan
3. Another possible resource could be The European Association for
Health Information and Libraries http://www.eahil.net/ It's worth posting your email to one their
4. You may be aware of the "East Dunbartonshire healthy reading
scheme" that also involved public librarians http://www.phru.net/mhin/literacies/Self%20%20Directed%20Learning/Healthy%20Reading%20and%20Books%20on%20Prescription.pdf
great projects go unnoticed and therefore your chapter will be of great value. It has been discussed in the WSIS Information Literacy community http://www.wsis-community.org/ that Librarians would like to know what's happening outside of Academia. The forum might be another area for posting your announcement.
I am certain that librarians in the [log in to unmask]
will be very resourceful with ideas and your email will generate responses.
Good luck with your writing.
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Sent: Friday, 15 February 2013, 13:45
Subject: Health information literacy activities in Public Libraries
I'm looking for examples of health information literacy activities in Public Libraries for a book chapter that I'm writing.
Much of the reported public library activities however seem to center on the provision of health information in the form of books, leaflets and bookmarked reliable health websites (such as NHS Choices and NHS Informs, and schemes such as Books on Prescription.
There may be information literacy activities within the provision offered but it seems to be implicit rather than explicit.
Does anyone offer or know of any activities that offer explicit information literacy activities either with a health element or as part of the health information service?
Centre for Social Informatics
Edinburgh Napier University
Edinburgh EH10 5DT
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