Health Information and Advocacy @ your library

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/14/2010

Contact:

Megan McFarlane

CHICAGO - In response to the demand for accurate and reliable health information, Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Massey Cancer Center created “Health Information and Advocacy @ your library,” using the Campaign for America’s Libraries’ @ your library brand.

According to a recent U.S. Impact Study, 37 percent of library computer users reported they have used the resources at their libraries to research treatment options, caregivers or ways of improving their health.

“Health Information and Advocacy @ your library” is a health-based information literacy program that encourages Virginians to use the resources at the library and trained librarians to help them access reliable print and digital resources related to their health.

The program is a partnership that consists of the Campbell County (Va.) Public Library, the Pittsylvania (Va.) County Public Library and the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission. Funding for the program helps support access to trained health information specialists at both county libraries. Specialists guide residents to reliable, authoritative health-based resources and develop innovative programming on a wide range of health issues.

“Health Information and Advocacy @ your library” also hosts a website with health-related resources available to everyone. Resources include a guide to websites focused on health reference sources, multicultural and multilingual resources, health literacy, health resources for minorities and resources for patients with special needs.

“Health Information and Advocacy @ your library” is funded with part of a two-year $2.39 million grant provided to VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Read additional stories (PDF) about how libraries across the country are helping people improve the health of their families and themselves.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary) is the American Library Association’s (ALA) public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand.  The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.

To download the @ your library brand for use in library materials, visit www.ala.org/@yourlibrary/logos.