Call for papers for IFLA conference: Understanding health literacy from an information science perspective



The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is holding its World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France on 16th-22nd August 2014.

The IFLA Information Literacy and Health and Biosciences Libraries sections are holding a joint open session and have made a call for papers on the theme of “It’s public knowledge: understanding health literacy from an information science perspective”.

The organisers are particularly interested in receiving proposals that contribute to our understanding of health literacy and address one of the following themes:

  • How can the perspective of information scientists complement the work of scholars from other backgrounds in this field?
  • How can librarians’ expertise in information literacy and awareness of current pedagogical methods contribute to increased health literacy?
  • In what ways can health librarians’ knowledge of evidence-based practice be used to identify the most effective interventions in the health literacy area?
  • Can librarians ensure that the best use is made of research and that health literacy programmes are based on sound policy decisions?
  • How can collaboration between librarians and other scholars and practitioners in the health sciences, social sciences and in education increase our understanding of this major public health concern?

Abstract submissions should be sent by email to Brian Galvin (Chair, IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section) at: bgalvin@hrb.ie before Friday, 28th February 2014.

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