Reference Services Review: Volume 44 Issue 2

Reference and instructional services for libraries in the digital age


Table of contents - Special Issue: Health Information Literacy

Health literacy: a natural role for librarians

Theresa S. Arndt

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the articles in the special theme issue.


Hispanics and public libraries: Assessing their health information seeking behaviors in the e-health environment

EunYoung Yoo-Lee, Tamara Rhodes, Gabriel M. Peterson

The fastest-growing and the largest minority group in the USA, Hispanics are known to have low health literacy because of their limited English proficiency (LEP) and other…


Health literacy education: the impact of synchronous instruction

Tricia Lantzy

This paper aims to examine the integration of librarian-led health literacy instruction into an undergraduate course, focusing specifically on how the method of instruction…

Promoting health literacy within a graduate-level nutrition curriculum

Charlotte Beyer, J. Scott Thomson

This paper describes how two academic health science librarians exposed graduate students to health literacy concepts in a graduate-level nutrition course. This paper aims to…


A librarian’s role in media effects health literacy

Jill R. Kavanaugh, Kristelle Lavallee, Rima Rudd

This paper aims to assess a pediatric media health effects’ toolkit from a health literacy perspective. A secondary aim is to highlight the collaborative role of an embedded…

Health literacy and information literacy: a concept comparison

Jane Lawless, Coleen E. Toronto, Gail L. Grammatica

The purpose of this paper is to compare health and information literacy with a focus on how the development of these concepts within two disciplines (nursing and…


Health information: print materials assessment in public libraries

Mary Grace Flaherty, Samantha Jan Kaplan

The purpose this study was to determine currency of print health materials readily available in North Carolina public libraries, through a statewide assessment. Two subject areas…

A conceptual approach to practitioners’ health information literacy

Ann Hallyburton

The purpose of this paper is to examine healthcare professionals’ own health literacy through the lenses of information behavior and evidence-based practice. These practitioners’…


Health literacy and libraries: a literature review

Jill Barr-Walker

The purpose of this paper is to assess the involvement of libraries in health literacy programs and initiatives based on a review of the literature.


Improving health literacy: health sciences library case studies

Jean P. Shipman, Erica Lake, Alice I. Weber

University of Utah has created various partnerships to improve health literacy and health outcomes among patient populations, employees and community members. Health sciences…

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