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May 2001, Week 2


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Jo-Ann Benedetti <[log in to unmask]>
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Jo-Ann Benedetti <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 8 May 2001 16:20:17 -0400
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Actually, as a medical librarian working in a public library, I have had the
opportunity to provide training within my library system.  The librarians were
thrilled to have the training, and I have set up a system-wide listserv for
the exchange of health reference questions (sort of a mini-medlib).  I have
been asked to extend this training to other librarians in other library
systems in the state...they are hungry for this information.  No, they are not
training to be medical librarians, but I would much rather have a public
librarian who has been exposed to consumer health resources answer questions
from the public than to have a librarian search "Google" and pass the results
on to the patron.

Let's face it, consumers do not seek out the hospital librarian for
information (many think the hospital librarian is in charge of the  bookmobile
and passes out Louis L'Amour books).  They will, however, leave the doctor's
office and stop in the public library for information.  We can only hope that
these librarians have been exposed to good training (from a medical librarian)
before they pass out consumer health info.

My $.02


Sharon Lezotte wrote:

> Hello:
> In support of a previous posting - others who DO provide consumer
> health information....There are a large number of public libraries
> in this nation.  One out of four of their patron questions have to do
> with health or medical issues.  ALA and PLA are going to start various
> areas of credentialing programs.  MLA has been in contact with these
> other professional library organizations.  MLA will be able to credential
> for ALA and PLA members in the area of consumer health.  It makes
> sense for us to be the professional leaders in this arena.  There was
> the joint conference/meeting of the two in Washington in January for
> a Consumer Program.  It was well attended and good professional
> exchanges took place.  When I have worked with the public librarians,
> they are very responsive to expanding  their knowledge and skills in
> this area.  There is usually one librarian in each system, not their whole
> staff. This credentialing will secure that medical librarians  will be
> there with
> a sound knowledge base for the public librarians....
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>   Sharon A. Lezotte, MHE, MLIS - Consumer Health Coordinator
>     National Network/Libraries of Medicine-Midcontinental Region 4
>       986706 Nebraska Medical Center  Omaha, NE 68198-6706
>         800.338.7657 in Region 4     Telephone: 402.559.5364
>           E-mail: [log in to unmask]     FAX: 402.559.5482
>             Action is the proper fruit of Knowledge -Thomas Fuller, MD
>              ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Jo-Ann M. Benedetti
Head of Health Information Services
Crandall Public Library
251 Glen Street
Glens Falls, NY  12801
518-792-6508 ext 120
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