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Title:Find, Retrieve, Analyze and Use: Information literacy training for public health workers
Author(s):Hicks, Elaine R.
Subject(s):information literacy skills, public health workers, librarians, public health competencies, library competency, library training
Abstract:Objective: •To identify information literacy skills in public health and librarian competency sets. •To demonstrate that information literacy skills are being developed in the public health workforce through library-sponsored trainings. Methods: A literature review identified information literacy development trainings for state or local public health workers. Three trainings which improved either public health core or bioterrorism competencies were selected. Two tables were created for each training: one illustrates the relationship between training objectives and information literacy skills and the second table identifies the information literacy skills embedded in public health competencies. Population: State and local public health workers Results: Librarians helped the public health workforce do its job more efficiently by teaching workers how to find, retrieve, use and analyze information using technology. Conclusion: Librarians, public health workers and a minority community identified health issues and created information literacy skills trainings. In another training, the state library and health department used assessment data to teach workers how to use an online bibliographic database. Although librarians were not involved in another state health department training, the event improved information literacy skills. Imagine how much more effective trainings could be if librarians were involved in planning.
Issue Date:2008-05-02
Citation Info:Hicks ER. Find, Retrieve, Analyze and Use: Information literacy training for public health workers. Article ed., 2008.
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Rights Information:2008 by Elaine R. Hicks
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-08-12

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