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Public Library - health information literacy activities 

I'm looking for examples of health information literacy activities in Public Libraries for a book chapter that I'm writing.

Much of the reported public library activities however seem to center on the provision of health information in the form of books, leaflets and bookmarked reliable health websites (such as NHS Choices and NHS Informs, and schemes such as Books on Prescription.

There may be information literacy activities within the provision offered but it seems to be implicit rather than explicit.

Does anyone offer or know of any activities that offer explicit information literacy activities either with a health element or as part of the health information service?


Christine Irving


Minutes of meeting of January 30th 2013 and next meeting

Dear all,

At Christine's suggestion I have posted the minutes on the discussion board which I compiled with a little help from Christine and Jenny.

We will need to plan the next meeting well in advance probably second half of June so will be discussing with you all. Judging by January meeting, two hours may not be enough.



SMILE - a free information literacy resource

Hi again,

Just a note about SMILE. SMILE is an online information literacy and employability skills training package. It is freely available under a creative commons license for use and modification. It is made up of web pages and multimedia content which can be easily edited using any HTML editor.

I've just put a new edition up on JORUM - it is called SMILE 3.0 and you can find it here

If you don't have access to JORUM, get in touch with me directly and I can send you a version as a zip file or stick it on a pen drive for you.

The new edition has loads of extra content which was created after talking to our lecturers, so you are sure to find something useful there!

It is aimed at undergraduate students, but a lot of the content is pretty generic and could be used in a school, FE or public library situation.

An older version is available on our open access site at

I have just sent in the new version to our IT team, so I hope that it will be available soon.

Happy to talk further about SMILE, feel free to contact me at



Hello everyone

Hi everyone,

My name is Marion Kelt and I'm the Senior Librarian for Information Literacy and Digital Development at Glasgow Caledonian University. The job title is a bit of a giveaway to tell you that I'm also interested in information literacy and how it can be used to support students at any point in their lifelong learning journey.

Over the years I have worked in schools, FE and even in consultancy, so I have a well rounded view of the uses of information literacy.

At present I'm working on SMILE, a free information literacy and employability skills package which you can download and edit for your own needs. I'm also working on a companion package called PILOT.

Recently I joined the coPILOT (no relation!) committee which aims to promote the use of open educational resources in information literacy training. Have a look at the post that I put up if you are interested in knowing more.

Hoping to hear more from you all soon!


Introducing myself

Firstly I commend myself on the original title of this post, I really couldn't think of anything better. My name is Ruth Gould and I am the Team Librarian for the Central Children's Library in Aberdeen. My work focusses on working with young people up to 16. I have been interested in Information Literacy since I undertook my MSc at RGU. My dissertation focussed on the views of Academic liaison librarians on the need/ benefits of having some form of teaching qualification.

As I work with young people in a public library I am working largely to promote reading and learning. I incorporate information literacy into our competitions and leisure activities and of course in my work with primary school class visits. My main principle in designing sessions is to create challenge in order to engage the group I'm working with. If they enjoy it they are more likely to remember what they did and be able to use those skills again. Sessions can be as basic as how to find a book and look up a particular topic in that book to using key words to search on our online databases. I am currently matching my sessions to the Curriculum for Excellence with the aim of attracting more visits from local schools.

I am interested in how best to deliver information literacy to different age groups and also how people learn information skills in different settings. I am also interested in how we measure the impact of what we are doing.