Health Literacy Skills and Partnership Working for Public and Health Librarians

(Health Libraries Group and Public and Mobile Libraries Group​ joint event)

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Wed, 16th Aug 2017 - 10:00am to 3:15pm

Libraries support wellbeing in a number of ways, not least by providing health information. The SCL Health Offer and the Libraries Taskforce ‘healthier and happier lives’ purpose, illustrate how public libraries have come to see this as part of their core remit. Healthcare professionals rely on the information that information specialists can provide both them and their patients. This event demonstrates best practice for finding and sharing health information. It also explores partnership working opportunities between Librarians from different sectors and professional care givers.


FREE for PMLG and HLG members (see below for details)

Event Programme:

10.00 – 10.15: Registration and Refreshment

10.15 – 11.15: Health Literacy: How to find good health information online and assess quality. This session provides a hands-on opportunity to discover the best Websites for enquiry work concerning health information.

11.15 – 11.30: BREAK

11.30 – 12.30: How public Libraries can work with Health Libraries.  This session looks at the ways Public and Health sector library staff can collaborate and share resources in order to improve the reach and impact of both.

12.30 – 13.30: LUNCH

13.30 – 14.00: The King’s Fund Enquiry Service. Discover the King’s Fund free Enquiry Service and the resources they use to answer questions from patients and the public and the types of organisations they signpost.

14.00 – 14.15: BREAK

14.15 – 15.15: How to Connect with GPs and Their Patients. Receive insight into why and how Librarians should be connecting with their local GPs to provide patients with the information they need to manage their conditions.

Attendees are advised to bring their own internet enabled device (laptop/tablet/smartphone) for increased opportunity to familiarise themselves with demonstrated resources. Some laptops will be available for communal use.

Booking details: 

The event is free to HLG and PMLG members.* 

People wishing to attend who are currently not members of HLG or PMLG can join through the following routes: 

• Through your CILIP membership by adding HLG as one of your Special Interest Groups,  (CILIP members can join 2 special interest groups for free, a small charge is payable for any additional groups over this number) 

• Visit the membership page to find out more and to join. or contact

*Please note a charge of £25.00 will be payable if cancelling within 3 weeks of the event.   

If you have any questions or to book your place on the course please email Lynsey Hawker at 





Richmond Library Annexe

Quadrant Road, Richmond

United Kingdom