Most public libraries are very keen to improve their own health information provision and share resources and experience with other sectors.
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- Librarian exchange / job shadowing / visits
- Being aware of content and scope of each other’s library stock and enquiries received will inform the direction of collaboration potential.
- Public libraries could suggest resources for health libraries to stock.
- Support public library health information events.
- Joint training with public library staff
- Discuss sharing of training resources e.g. handling enquiries from the public and signposting to appropriate information.
- Offer tutorials on health information searching.
- Arrange a procedure for referral of complex queries
- Make local public libraries aware of content of your stock and services available.
- Devise a plan for when they get a complex health enquiry. (ask other libraries to share theirs)
- Make your library open to individual referrals from other sector libraries – others will tell you that this does not result in floods of referrals!
- Stock books on the Reading Well Scheme (Used to be called Books on Prescription)
- Stock the same Read Well books as your local public library.
- Promote these to staff for themselves or patients.
- Incorporate Read Well books as part of the Trust’s wider health and wellbeing agenda.
- Members of hospital staff who are referred to Occupational Health are given a prescription for a specific resource which they can borrow from the hospital’s library.
- Make the collection is also available for general borrowing.