Why not internet, why libraries and librarians?• There is lots of internet these days, !• Why Libraries ? – Information Professionals - More informed about varied resources – There are many other resources which are perhaps better than internet based information – Are literate about resources, – Have skills to analyze and evaluate resource – Can filter through heaps of information that is apt for the person
How librarians can help• Writing for patients• Providing booklets• Helping patients access high quality health information• Internet – – improved awareness of latest information – access to evidence based consumer health information – amid increasing concern - varying quality of health information accessed by patients
What is required ?• Partnerships - different health information specialists, health care providers, and consumers.• effective communication strategies for disseminating relevant health information to audiences with differing levels of health literacy
Why public libraries• Understand health literacy - within the Region• Communicate relevant information to people / consumers with differing levels of health literacy - literacy level, type users - age, gender, etc.
The role in nut shell• To provide access to a range of authoritative materials• Librarians activities are oriented towards the social and community goals of producing a healthy society• assisting the individual to make more informed health decisions.• Advocacy role