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The Role of Libraries in Providing Health Information for Society Jane Burns

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This paper will examine the role of libraries in providing Health Information for Society in particular using materials from the emerging area of Graphic Medicine.

Graphic Medicine has a unique purpose for libraries in that graphic medicine represents the intersection between a variety of formats and healthcare. Graphic medicine refers to the use of graphic novels, comics and visual storytelling in medical education, patient care, personal health awareness and support primarily but there are other applications related to healthcare and the life sciences.

(Green,et.al 2010) identified that health care professionals and health librarians in particular those engaged with public health, with young people or with non- native speakers are using graphic stories for patient care and education.

The field of Graphic Medicine has continued to grow in popularity and size as new work is published and new applications for the work are explored. The International Comics and Medicine Conference meets annually, gathering clinicians, academics, health carers, artists, authors, and fans of comics and medicine.

For libraries the engagement and development of Graphic Medicine collections represents the provision and enlightenment of these information resources. Developing a Graphic Medicine collection presents opportunities to have a multi modal and multi-platform resource as Graphic Medicine is a new area of scholarship. Graphic Medicine is a combination of scholarly essays with visual narratives that are represented in comic from. This addition to a collection offer patients, family members, and medical caregivers new ways to negotiate the challenges of medical and health experiences.

Green, Michael J., & Myers, Kimberly R. (2010). Graphic medicine: Use of comics in medical education and patient care. British Medical Journal, 340(7746), 574.

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The Role of Libraries in Providing Health Information for Society Jane Burns

  1. 1. THE ROLE OF LIBRARIES IN PROVIDING HEALTH INFORMATION FOR SOCIETY - GRAPHIC MEDICINE – AN EMERGING RESOURCE FOR EVERYONE Jane Burns, MBA, MLIS, MPhil, FLAI Institute Librarian Athlone IT Lecturer School of Information & Communication Studies, UCD janeaburns@gmail.com @JMBurns99
  2. 2. THANK YOU! RECIPIENT OF THE JOHN CAMPBELL TRUST BURSARY 2018 GRAPHIC MEDICINE FOR HEALTH INFORMATION LITERACY AT THE 9TH ANNUAL COMICS & MEDICINE CONFERENCE GEISEL SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, DARTMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE & CENTRE FOR CARTOON STUDIES BURNS, JANE, GRAPHIC MEDICINE FOR HEALTH LITERACY. THE INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL. JAN-FEB 2019 PP.44- 48
  3. 3. POSITIONING GRAPHIC MEDICINE  Medical Humanities  Patient Narratives  Illness Narratives  Scholarship of Comics  Graphic Medicine Graphic Medicine Manifesto (ISBN: 978-0-271-06649-3 Pennsylvania State University Press)
  4. 4. GRAPHIC MEDICINE IS THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN THE MEDIUM OF COMICS AND THE DISCOURSE OF HEALTHCARE - IAN WILLIAMS
  5. 5. GRAPHIC MEDICINE DEFINED  Graphic medicine refers to the use of graphic novels, comics and visual storytelling in medical education, patient care, personal health awareness and support  Graphic Medicine has a unique purpose for libraries in that graphic medicine represents the intersection between a variety of formats and healthcare  Graphic Medicine is an approach to education and health literacy of health professionals it is also an emerging area of interdisciplinary academic study.  Comics can be a safe medium for medical student to convey their interpretations of poor patient care and process their own mistreatment during work experiences
  6. 6. HEALTH EDUCATION USING ART Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp The City of Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital Charity Wallace Collection 1 Lighter than my Shadow- Katie Green Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Fornay
  7. 7. GRAPHICS & COMICS WHY BUILD A COLLECTION?
  8. 8. WHY BUILD A COLLECTION?  Librarians help teach critical skills  Libraries are safe and trusted  Offers options for different formats for understanding, communicating and engagement  Suitable for a range of users, range of subjects & different stages of life PHOTO BY BUD FISHER / PUBLIC DOMAIN
  9. 9. BENEFITS FOR LIBRARIANS -TOPICS & FORMATS - OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGAGEMENT - LIBRARIAN CPD
  10. 10. STORYTELLING – RESEARCH, PERSONAL & SOCIETAL  Instantly recognisable format  Universality of Engagement  We help people discover and tell all kinds of stories  We help others find the information they need to create new ones
  11. 11. DO LIBRARIANS HAVE A ROLE? • Yes! • Awareness of the various publications and resources for end users • The community approach is similar to the embedded librarian, librarian as researcher, collaborator across various disciplines • Principles of content and context already in place for health literacy are transferable • Involvement and development of our resources will have significant contribution and impact to this developing field of Graphic Medicine
  12. 12. PATIENT NARRATIVE The Doctor (Sir Luke Fildes) (Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND )
  13. 13. janeaburns@gmail.com @JMBurns99

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