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Consumer Health Information and Librarian Roles

Where do you draw the line between making health information available and appearing to offer medical advice? Does your agency have a policy or procedures dealing with these issues? The distinction is significant, both in terms of liability and professional ethics.

Guidelines on agency policies and procedures:

 

NN/LM National Network of Libraries of Medicine Resources

 

 

Information Seeking

Find and Evaluation Health Information on the Web  - This guide is supported by the Medical Library Association (MLA), the library organization whose primary purpose is promoting quality information for improved health and whose members were the first to realize that not all health information on the web is credible, timely, or safe.

National Library of Medicine Guide to Finding Health Information

 - Provides access to free consumer and professional health information

National Library of Medicine Health Information 

 This is a listing of National Library of Medicine websites for the general public

Health Information on the Web - The National Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Region website has information for librarians providing consumer health information.

 

State Library of Iowa

  • Reference Services - This is the reference services page of the State Library of Iowa. The medical library closed in 2010, but the general collection does have materials relating to the medical history of Iowa.
  • SILO Locator--Iowa's Card Catalog for holdings in Iowa Public Libraries and some academic, school, and special libraries. This guide is supported by the Medical Library Association (MLA), the library organization whose primary purpose is promoting quality information for improved health and whose members were the first to realize that not all health information on the web is credible, timely, or safe.

 

Interlibrary Loan

 State Library of Iowa


Management

  • Basic Medical Library Management - This National Network of Libraries web site is for both professional and non-professional librarians new to health or hospital libraries. It seeks to provide instant access to quality resources which will help the medical librarian meet the needs of the patron.
  • How Do You Set Up and Run a Consumer Health Library? - The Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association sponsors this page on the basics of consumer health library planning, budgeting, staffing, collection development, reference services, theory,and bibliography.

Tools for Educating Staff and Patrons


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