Growing Community Health Literacy through Libraries: Sharing Global Perspectives

by Prudence W. Dalrymple and Brian Galvin (Eds)

Series: IFLA Publications Series 168
Publisher: Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2020

IFLA Publication 168The capacity to understand and communicate health information is a major international health concern. Sponsored by the Health and Biosciences Section of International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, this book highlights the contribution that librarians are making to improving health literacy and enabling citizens to be active participants in the management of their own health. Knowledge is power and the World Health Organization recognizes that health literacy, involving effective access to and understanding of health information, is essential to health and well-being in society by empowering and enabling citizens to participate in their own healthcare.

The book presents inspiring studies from an international group of authors showing how libraries and librarians are partnering with diverse sectors of society including universities, hospitals, public health clinics, community-based organisations, voluntary bodies and government agencies, to help citizens understand and manage their health. It provides guidance by example to suggest how libraries can help citizens participate in their healthcare and their communities by collaborating with others to increase health literacy in society.

Growing Community Health Literacy through Libraries: Sharing Global Perspectives*
Edited by: Prudence W. Dalrymple and Brian Galvin
Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2020
ISBN 9783110362510
(IFLA Publications; Nr 168)

*IFLA Members receive a 30% discount on standing orders of titles published by De Gruyter in the IFLA Publications Series. IFLA Members can also order select individual or backlist titles with up to a 25% discount.

Publications, Health and Biosciences Libraries, Information literacy, Access to health information, health information professionals

Last update: 16 March 2021