Libraries and information services have a critical role to increase the availability and use of healthcare information. Researchers, policymakers, health professionals, and citizens all need access to actionable information, relevant to their context, and in a language they can understand, to protect their own health and the health of others.
The HIFA Project on Library and Information Services (LIS) aims to leverage the individual and collective HIFA membership to support communication, understanding and advocacy for library and information services as they relate to global public health and evidence-informed decision making by health professionals, citizens, and policymakers. The project's focus is global health, especially (but not exclusively) population health, preparedness for disasters (natural or man-made), emergencies, and disease outbreaks.
- The role of libraries and information services (including public and health/medical libraries; physical and digital)
- Technical and financial support for libraries and information services
- Professional skills and development of librarians and information professionals
- Knowledge management
- Health literacy, critical appraisal and related skills (for both 'providers' and 'users' of information).