We strive to improve the public's access to health information so they can make informed decisions about their health. Our programs focus on reaching minorities, senior citizens, and low income populations. To accomplish this, we provide outreach and training to staff at public libraries and other community-based organizations, Network members, healthcare providers, K-12 teachers and staff, college and adult school staff, and health advocacy groups.
Professional Development for Librarians
- Finding Health and Wellness @ the Library: A Consumer Health Toolkit for Library Staff 7 MB - a resource for librarians and library staff to build their competencies in providing excellent consumer health services to users.
- Consumer Health Information Specialization Program (MLA) - gain expertise in the area of consumer health information
Providing Health Reference
- The Librarian's Role in the Provision of Consumer Health Information and Patient Education - Medical Library Association (MLA) policy statement
- Guidelines for Medical, Legal, and Business Responses - developed by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), American Library Association
- Code of Ethics for Health Sciences Librarianship - established by MLA
Developing Consumer Health Services and Resources
- Consumer Health Outreach Services - essential resources covering all the aspects of consumer health services
- Planning a Consumer Health Library - from the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the MLA
- Multilingual Health Information - an extensive list of multilingual health information resources
Training in Consumer Health Resources
Our staff provides training in the effective use of Internet health information resources, highlighting National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) products and services. Our goal is to reach public librarians, health professionals, Network members, and other intermediaries who do not have access to such training so they can help their user populations to find and evaluate health information.
Please visit our Training page for more information on classes, training materials, and distance learning available from the NN/LM PSR and NLM.
Presentations and Handouts
Our staff provides presentations on consumer health topics to libraries and community-based organizations throughout the year. The materials in these presentations are available as a resource to anyone who would like to use them for consumer health programs. Please visit our Distance Learning page to access archived Infopeople Health e-Shows sessions. For links to selected presentations of all types, please visit our Presentations page.
Resources for the Consumer
The Especially for the General Public page is a collection of resources intended for consumers, patients, caregivers, and other members of the general public.
Tutorials, Brochures and Factsheets
To access useful resources for self-instruction and for teaching others, select from the links below.
- MedlinePlus FAQ - frequently asked questions about MedlinePlus
- MedlinePlus Fact Sheet
- PubMed Tutorial - shows you how to search PubMed for journal literature
- ClinicalTrials.gov Fact Sheet
- ClinicalTrials.gov FAQ - frequently asked questions about ClinicalTrials.gov
Health-related programming is a great way to reach out to your community. Depending on your target audience, you might want to organize a health fair, hold classes to teach seniors to search for health information online, or invite health professionals to speak on relevant topics. In any case, funding can help make your ideas a reality. To learn more about funding opportunities, eligibility, and summaries of actual projects, please visit our Funding Opportunities page.