Statewide Initiative to Embed Consumer Health Librarians in Public Libraries: A Case Study
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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DescriptionIn 2004 a collaborative, statewide outreach project in Delaware was undertaken where consumer health librarians were embedded in public libraries. In order to explore the effect of the embedded librarians on the quality of health information provision, unobtrusive reference visits were made to half of the public libraries in the state. The query “Do vaccines cause autism?” was posed to library staff; resources provided were recorded. In 67 percent of visits, public library staff provided authoritative health information resources. It appears the embedded librarians had a positive residual effect on the provision of authoritative health resources for addressing an ambiguous query.
CitationFlaherty, M. G. & Grier, P. J. (2014). Statewide Initiative to Embed Consumer Health Librarians in Public Libraries: A Case Study. Public Library Quarterly, 33(4), 296-303.
Identifier to cite or link to this itemhttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/4314