Roles and Responsibilities of Libraries in Increasing Consumer Health Literacy and Reducing Health Disparities Vol: 47

Beth St. Jean
University of Maryland, USA

Gagan Jindal
University of Maryland, USA

Yuting Liao
University of Maryland, USA

Paul T. Jaeger
University of Maryland, USA

Product Details
30 Nov 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
328 pages - 152 x 229mm
Advances in Librarianship
The rampant health injustices that occur daily throughout the world are exacerbated by health information injustice – something which libraries and librarians play an instrumental role in addressing. This volume brings together librarians, LIS students, educators, and researchers, to discuss the many ways that information professionals and libraries serve as agents of securing health information justice. 

Kicking off with an introductory chapter which covers the central concepts of health information injustice, the following chapters focus on the roles of libraries and librarians in improving consumer health literacy and reducing health disparities in their communities. In the final chapter, the editors draw on the authors’ work to highlight the ways in which libraries and librarians are moving us closer to health justice, and they also discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is both illuminating and intensifying health disparities, reinforcing the need for libraries and librarians to continue their important roles as agents of health information justice to ensure the physical and intellectual accessibility of information for all.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Libraries and Librarians as Agents of Health Information Justice; Beth St. Jean, Paul T. Jaeger, Gagan Jindal and Yuting Liao
Public Libraries/Healthy Communities
Chapter 2. Consumer Health Literacy, the National Library of Medicine, and the Public Library: Bridging the Gaps; Catherine Arnott Smith, Alla Keselman, Amanda J. Wilson and M. Nichelle Midón
Chapter 3. Growing Food at and through the Local Library: An Exploratory Study of an Emerging Role; Christine D’Arpa, Noah Lenstra and Ellen Rubenstein
Chapter 4. Opioid Consumer Health Information Literacies in Alabama’s Public Libraries: An Exploratory Website Content Analysis; Bharat Mehra and Baheya S. Jaber 
Chapter 5. Applying a Health Justice Framework to Examine Health and Social Justice in LIS Course Offerings; Emily Vardell and Deborah H. Charbonneau 
Health Information Assessment
Chapter 6. Consumer Health Information Literacy and Information Behavior of Young Adults; Joan C. Bartlett
Chapter 7. Asking Good Questions: Developing Skilled Health Information Consumers; Heather Brodie Perry 
Overcoming Barriers to Health Information Access
Chapter 8. Making Health Information Accessible for All: The Impact of Universal Design in Public Libraries; Gerd Berget
Chapter 9. Sexual Education is a Human Right: Information Inequities of K-12 Sexual Education and Librarians’ Roles in Supporting Adolescents’ Sexual Health Literacy; Karina Kletscher
Serving Disadvantaged Populations
Chapter 10. Public Libraries Expanding Health Literacy for Drug Court Participants; Anne M. Dannerbeck Janku, Jenny Bossaller, Denice Adkins and Rachel Thudium
Chapter 11. Increasing Health Literacy in Rural Appalachia Tennessee through Outreach, Communication, and Education: How Libraries Can Reduce Health Disparities in their Communities; Kelsey Leonard Grabeel
Chapter 12. The Health of a Musician: Documenting and Addressing Health Disparities among Performing Musicians; Loriene Roy
Health Information as a Communal Asset
Chapter 13. (Im)patient Narratives: Peer-to-Peer Health Information Transfer in the LGBTQ+ Community via Zines from the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP); Joyce M. Latham and Sarah Cooke
Chapter 14. “When it’s Time to Come Together, We Come Together”: Reconceptualizing Theories of Self-efficacy for Health Information Practices within LGBTQIA+ Communities; A. Nick Vera, Travis L. Wagner and Vanessa L. Kitzie
Chapter 15. Libraries and Librarians as Agents of Health Information Justice: Concluding Thoughts; Beth St. Jean, Gagan Jindal, Paul T. Jaeger, Yuting Liao and Beth Barnett

Beth St. Jean is an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies, Associate Director of the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), and an affiliate faculty member of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, at the University of Maryland, USA.

Gagan Jindal is a Qualitative User Experience Researcher at Facebook, Inc. She recently received her PhD from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.

Yuting Liao is a PhD candidate in the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.

Paul T. Jaeger is Professor and Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of iPAC at the University of Maryland, USA.

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