The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic called for individuals to seek out and apply health information at a rapid pace. The sheer amount of available information proved to be overwhelming, and the complexity, contradictory, and sometimes misinformation made an already difficult situation even more devastating. Historically, public libraries have been known for being community-centered institutions providingequitableaccess to informationandresources. Seen as trusted members of the community and the go-to for information, public librarians play an important role in improvingindividualsaccess to healthinformationand the overall well-being of their communities. Throughthis project we seek to assesstheinformation needs of public librarians throughout Tennessee, specifically targeting health information practices related to COVID-19. The survey will better inform our educational efforts and aid in meeting NN/LMs goal of improving access toinformation, enablingcommunitymembers to make more informed health decisions. Through educational outreach efforts, this project seeks to address community challenges to optimizing health and well-being through a health information training targeting public librarians throughout Tennessee. More specifically, the main objectives of thisproject are to better understand the roles and current practices of public librarians in providing consumer health information services within their libraries and to increase knowledge and utilization of high-quality health information resources of public library staff through the development of training and educational activities. Using the Train-the-Trainer' approach, we aim to support public libraries in their ability to carry out health information and health literacy support in their communities to further support health equity throughout Tennessee.
University of Tennessee Health Science Center