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Library Knowledge Services (North)

A Doctor, a Librarian and an Anti-Vaxxer walk into a room…. Navigating the misinformation landscape though partnership working

As a newcomer to health libraries, I wanted to immerse myself into the knowledge management landscape. Health literacy as a concept was something I was drawn to because of my interest in information and digital literacy. Kieran Lamb my library manager put me in touch with Siobhan Lyndsey due to her expertise in this area. We organised a team’s meeting and had a great discussion on the tenets and pedagogy of health literacy. Siobhan was kind enough to share some slides she created for a health literacy training session which formed the blueprint for my session.…

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ELHT & BwD Libraries - working together to promote Health & Wellbeing

East Lancashire Hospital NHS Trust (ELHT) held their annual Health & Wellbeing event at Royal Blackburn Hospital on Wednesday 22nd May 2019. It’s an all-day event with lots of information stands and activities promoting services including Quit Squad -smoking cessation, electric bikes, Unison, and walking activities to name but a few. The Trust library service has always gone to these events to promote our wellbeing resources and support staff; however, this year we did things slightly differently.…

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Shelf-Help (or, why everything is better with self-help books in Mental Health)

The idea that a self-help book could actually be as good as a professional form of help seems like it’s a fairly recent one. Think of the titles we know and love - Feel the fear and do it anyway, How to make friends and influence people, the Overcoming… series – these all deal with modern social problems with a blend of readable psychology and a common-sense therapeutic style. Whatever did we do before them?…

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