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Presentation of the Workshop. "Health Tom Tom: engaging librarians for the promotion of health literacy" at
European Conference on Health Information Literacy (ECIL). Istanbul 22-25 October 2013
Abstract of the workshop organized by Istituto Superiore di Sanità (National Institutte of Health, Italy) and Hacettepe University (Turkey)
Objective. The workshop is intended to increase awareness on health literacy, information literacy and health information literacy and their interdependency to promote the development of collaborative initiatives among librarians and health experts. The choice to focus on health helps promoting information literacy at large because health is a subject of wide interest for both individuals and society and e-health information literacy becomes more and more a strategic tool to support informed citizenship within Europe and beyond.
Background. This idea of the workshop is primarily based on a previous successful experience realized by the National Institute of Health in Italy (ISS), within the European project NECOBELAC (2009-2012) which developed and implemented a two-level training strategy to promote Open Access publishing in public health.
Outcomes. Create major awareness on health information literacy among librarians and provide hints and tools to implement best practices at local level thus contributing to improve health information literacy among the students, families and the general public. Special focus on cancer information will be provided by an expert of the UICC (Union of International Cancer Control).