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Competency-based information literacy instruction in public health education: A Guide

This guide presents resources to support collaborative librarian/ public health faculty planning and delivery of curriculum promoting both sets of competencies.

Competency Scholarship

Journal Articles


Ablah, E., Tinius, A. M., Horn, L., Williams, C., & Gebbie, K. M. (2008). Community health centers and emergency preparedness: An assessment of competencies and training needs. Journal of Community Health, doi: 10.1007/s10900-008-9093-9.

Banks, M. A., Cogdill, K. W., Selden, C. R., & Cahn, M. A. (2005). Complementary competencies: public health and health sciences librarianship. J Med Libr Assoc, 93(3), 338-347.

Blumenthal, J. L., Mays, B. E., Weinfeld, J. M., Banks, M. A., & Shaffer, J. (2005). Defining and assessing medical informatics competencies. Med Ref Serv Q, 24(2), 95-102. doi: 10.1300/J115v24n02_08.

Brower, S. (2004). Millennials in action: A student-guided effort in curriculum-integration of library skills. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 23(2), 81-88.

Calhoun, J. G., Spencer, H. C., & Buekens, P. (2011). Competencies for global heath graduate education. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America, 25(3), 575-92, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2011.02.015.

Cilenti, D., Brownson, R. C., Umble, K., Erwin, P. C., & Summers, R. (2012, Nov). Information-Seeking Behaviors and Other Factors Contributing to Successful Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices in Local Health Departments. J Public Health Manag Pract 2012/10/02. Retrieved 6, 18

Cobus, L. (2008). Integrating information literacy into the education of public health professionals: roles for librarians and the library. J Med Libr Assoc, 96(1), 28-33. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.96.1.28

Cunningham, D., & Viola, D. (2002). Collaboration to teach graduate students how to write more effective theses. J Med Libr Assoc, 90(3), 331-334.

Garson, D. S., & McGowan, E. (2010). Collaboration as a Model: Co-Teaching a Graduate Course. (cover story). [Article]. Information Outlook, 14(1), 16-21.

Gjerde, C. L., Pipas, C. F., & Russell, M. (2004). Teaching of medical informatics in UME-21 medical schools: Best practices and useful resources. Family Medicine, 36 Suppl, S68-73.

Gross, M. (2005). The impact of low-level skills on information-seeking behavior. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 45(2), 155-162.

Ivanitskaya, L., O'Boyle, I., & Casey, A. M. (2006). Health information literacy and competencies of information age students: Results from the interactive online research readiness self-assessment (RRSA). Journal of Medical Internet Research, 8(2), e6. doi: 10.2196/jmir.8.2.e6.

Julien, H., & Boon, S. (2004). Assessing instructional outcomes in Canadian academic libraries. [Article]. Library & Information Science Research (07408188), 26(2), 121-139. doi: 10.1016/j.lisr.2004.01.008.

Leasure, A. R., Delise, D., Clifton, S. C., & Pascucci, M. A. (2009). Health information literacy: hardwiring behavior through multilevels of instruction and application. Dimens Crit Care Nurs, 28(6), 276-282. doi: 10.1097/DCC.0b013e3181b4003c.

Martin, J. A., House, D. L., Jr., & Chandler, H. R. (1975). Teaching of formal courses by medical librarians. J Med Educ, 50(9), 883-886.

Miller, J. M. (2004). Issues surrounding the administration of a credit course for medical students: survey of US academic health sciences librarians. J Med Libr Assoc, 92(3), 354-363.

Moore,Mary for the Association of Academic Health Sciences Librarians. (2011). Teaching physicians to make informed decisions in the face of uncertainty: Librarians and informaticians on the health care team. Academic Medicine, 86(11), 1345. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182308d7e.

Neumark, Y., & Friedlander, Y. (2002). Training in survey and research methods within a Master of Public Health program. Public Health Rev, 30(1-4), 217-229.

Richards, J. (2007). Importance of public health informatics: a survey of public health schools and graduate programs in the United States. Stud Health Technol Inform, 129(Pt 2), 1410-1413.

Salisbury, F., & Sheridan, L. (2011). Mapping the journey: Developing an information literacy strategy as part of curriculum reform. Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 43(3), 185-193. doi: 10.1177/0961000611411961

Scherrer, C. S. (2004). Reference librarians' perceptions of the issues they face as academic health information professionals. J Med Libr Assoc, 92(2), 226-232.

Scherrer, C. S., Dorsch, J. L., & Weller, A. C. (2006). An evaluation of a collaborative model for preparing evidence-based medicine teachers. J Med Libr Assoc, 94(2), 159-165.

Scherrer, C. S., & Jacobson, S. (2002). New measures for new roles: defining and measuring the current practices of health sciences librarians. J Med Libr Assoc, 90(2), 164-172.

Schmitt, Madeline Blue, Amy Aschenbrener,Carol A., Viggiano, T. R., & MEd. (2011). Core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice: Reforming health care by transforming health professionals' education. Academic Medicine, 86(11), 1351. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182308e39.

Shenton, A. K., & Hay-Gibson, N. V. (2011). Information behaviour and information literacy: The ultimate in transdisciplinary phenomena? Journal of Librarianship & Information Science, 43(3), 166-175. doi: 10.1177/0961000611410767

Weiler, A. (2005). Information-seeking behavior in generation Y students: Motivation, critical thinking, and learning theory. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 31(1), 46-53.

Yasnoff, W. A., O'Carroll, P. W., Koo, D., Linkins, R. W., & Kilbourne, E. M. (2000). Public health informatics: Improving and transforming public health in the information age. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 6(6), 67-75.




Case, D. O. (2007). Looking for information : A survey of research on information seeking, needs, and behavior. (2nd ed. ed.). Amsterdam; Boston: Elsevier/Academic Press.

Doyle, E. (Ed.). (2010). A competency-based framework for health education specialists - 2010. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., The Society for Public Health Education, and the American Association for Health Education.

Hamilton, B. (2012). Embedded librarianship: tools and practices. Chicago, Ill.: ALA TechSource.

Shumaker, D. (2012). The embedded librarian : innovative strategies for taking knowledge where it's needed. Medford, New Jersey: Information Today, Inc.




Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association. (September 29, 2006). Introduction to information literacy. Retrieved 9 May 2009 from

O'Carroll, P. W. (2002). Informatics competencies for public health professionals. Seattle, Washington: Northwest Center for Public Health Practice. 

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