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J Am Coll Health. 2008 Jan-Feb;56(4):395-400. doi: 10.3200/JACH.56.44.395-400.

College health professionals and academic librarians: collaboration for student health.

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Department of Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723, USA. ahallyb@email.wcu.edu

Abstract

College health professionals must find new ways of educating students on finding and evaluating consumer health information, specifically in the online environment. Librarians are trained as information professionals; however, librarians at general academic libraries are not taking a lead role in providing consumer health information.

OBJECTIVE:

The authors' purpose in this research was to determine the health information resource needs of college and university students and provide a model for collaboration between college health professionals and academic librarians.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS:

The authors compared data from a national survey on college health (N = 54,111) with their own results from a survey of general academic librarians (N = 17) to create recommendations for synching students' reported health information needs with librarians' resources.

RESULTS:

Although the Internet was students' second most-often consulted health information source, they ranked the believability of online health information above only television. In the librarian survey, although 12 respondents indicated that health information provision is a library's responsibility, the majority (n = 11) believed their library's consumer health outreach to be passive.

CONCLUSIONS:

The authors offer recommendations for partnerships between college healthcare professionals and academic librarians to better provide this information to students.

PMID:
18316283
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.56.44.395-400
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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