Library Trends 53 (2) Fall 2004: Consumer Health Issues, Trends, and Research, Part I: Strategic Strides toward a Better Future

 

Library Trends 53 (2) Fall 2004: Consumer Health Issues, Trends, and Research, Part I: Strategic Strides toward a Better Future. Edited by Tammy L. Mays

The Internet has propelled the consumer health movement to the forefront of libraries. Academic health sciences, clinical, hospital, consumer health, and public librarians across the country are seeing a continuous growth in the number of requests for health information from their patrons. Internet savvy consumers are completing their own online health information searches. Patrons are seeking free, quality, electronic health information written in lay terminology, though both Internet and non-Internet users are seeking librarians for what they can not find. An exploration of consumer health issues, trends, and research is covered in these issues of Library Trends. In part 1—Strategic Strides toward a Better Future—contributors examine the many facets that comprise consumer health information services; part 2—Applicable Research in the 21st Century— promotes creative partnerships and models between agencies and library institutions and delivers strategies for achieving health literacy in a variety of communities.


Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at] jhupress.jhu.edu, or visit www.press.jhu.edu/journals.


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  • Sandstrom, Heidi T. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    The Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) hosted a one-day educational symposium entitled “Stake Your Claim to Health Literacy” in January 2004. The ...

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  • Miller, Naomi; Tyler, Rebecca J.; Backus, Joyce E.B. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM®) MedlinePlus® is a high-quality gateway to consumer health information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other authoritative organizations. For decades, NLM ...

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  • Kovacs, Diane K. (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    Developing Web-based consumer health information workshops can be a great way to promote the value of library services and encourage the use of high-quality health information by consumers. This article begins with ...

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  • Detlefsen, Ellen Gay (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    The elderly and African Americans are groups sometimes described as vulnerable or at risk for health complications, and both are communities for whom consumer health information is believed to be important. A review of ...

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  • Crespo, Javier (Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 2004)
    This article explores evaluation issues in online consumer health information within the context of librarians as educators and intermediaries. Literature on Internet and health information seekers reveals that ...

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