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Awareness and Attitude of Medical College Librarians Towards Health Information Literacy in Punjab and Chandigarh

International Journal of Knowledge Management and Practices

Volume 5 Issue 2

Published: 2017
Author(s) Name: Navkiran Kaur | Author(s) Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Science, Punjabi University, Patiala, Punjab, India.
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Health information literacy (HIL) is essential for seeking preventive health, appropriate management of disease and improving the well-being of citizens as a whole. Health information literacy empowers the stakeholders with cognitive and social skills to gain access to, understand, evaluate, and use information to make good health decisions. The present study was undertaken to learn about the awareness and attitude of medical college librarians toward health information literacy, to know about the medical college librarians perceptions of HIL promotion strategies; and to identify barriers to health information literacy. The librarians from 10 medical colleges and institutes from Punjab and Chandigarh were chosen as sample for this study. A structured questionnaire was designed and administered among librarians. The findings of the study are discussed and suggestions are also provided to strengthen HIL in medical college community.

Keywords: Health Information Literacy, Medical College Librarians, HIL Promotion Strategies, Barriers to HIL

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