263493 Competency-based information literacy instruction in public health: Librarian and faculty collaborations

Monday, October 29, 2012

Elaine Hicks, MSLIS, MPH, MCHES , Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
Barbara Folb, MM, MLS, MPH , Health Sciences Library System, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Background: The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) Core Competency Development Project recognizes the need for an information-literate 21st Century public health workforce which is equipped for lifelong learning, able to recognize information needs, and efficiently locate, evaluate, and use information. In 2000, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) published its Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, which are widely accepted by American colleges and universities for undergraduate and graduate programs. The degree to which diversely-prepared and international public health students entering MPH programs, many from universities in the developing world, have these skills is not known. Yet some mastery of these skills is required to be proficient in the Communication and Informatics Interdisciplinary/Cross Cutting, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Social and Behavioral Science competencies. Academic health science librarians are uniquely qualified to support successful attainment of these competencies through collaborations with public health faculty to strategically integrate information literacy instruction into the MPH curriculum. Method: Librarians compared the relationship between the ACRL information literacy standards and ASPH MPH cross-cutting and discipline-specific competencies. Purpose: This session will present findings and propose collaborative librarian/ public health faculty models for the design and delivery of curriculum promoting both sets of competencies.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
1.Identify the relationship between information literacy skills in the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the Association of Schools of Public Health Master's Degree in Public Health Core Competency Development Project; 2. State the contributions of academic health science librarians to curriculum development; 3.Describe strategies to embed information literacy competencies within MPH curricula

Keywords: Competency, Literacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over ten years experience as a public health librarian and informationist teaching information skills to students at an accredited school of public health. This has built my knowledge of the range of information skills students have when entering graduate school. I have employed multiple types of instructional models for students in and out of the classroom.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.