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Announcement: Consumer Health Toolkit – New Edition!

We are pleased to announce the publication of the newly revised edition of the Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff!  Completely updated and edited by Kelli Ham, this new edition includes new resources, updated links, and new content throughout the publication. Public library staff, consumer health librarians, and others who provide health information services to the public will find this toolkit to be a vital resource.

Since its publication in 2010, the Toolkit has enjoyed heavy usage nationwide and is regarded as an essential guide for librarians and staff to build and improve core competencies in consumer health. It is used as the course textbook for the NN/LM  online class titled, “Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services,” and it is also used as the textbook for library school courses.

What’s in the 2nd edition?

·         65 new resources

·         145 updated annotations and/or URLs

·         74 obsolete entries removed

·         Updated acronyms list with links to organizations

·         New emphasis on MedlinePlus content

·         New content types (health check tools and mobile apps and sites)

·         Enhancements to the Evaluation page, including understanding the HONcode

NN/LM PSR collaborated with UC Davis Health System on several aspects of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant, and the printing and distribution of this second edition to California public libraries has been made possible by funding from the grant. We are also grateful for the continued support from the California State Library, which hosts the publication on its website.

The Toolkit is available at http://www.library.ca.gov/lds/docs/healthtoolkit.pdf.

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