Recording now available: Librarians Lead in Times of Crisis: Specialised Evidence-Based Information Services Support Infodemic Management

1 November, 2021



Dear All,

A couple of weeks ago, in support of World Evidence-Based Health Day, the IFLA Health and Biosciences (HBS) Section and the Evidence for Global and Disaster Health (E4GDH) Special Interest Group held a webinar “Librarians Lead in Times of Crisis: Specialised Evidence-Based Information Services Support Infodemic Management”. The recording is now available and can be accessed here:

Please note there is silence for a few minutes, so please forward to 4 minutes to start the presentation.

Presenters Feili Tu-Keefner, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Information and Communications, University of South Carolina, and Caroline De Brún, PhD, DipLIS, Knowledge and Evidence Specialist – South West, UK Health Security Agency, demonstrated how society today expects libraries to be not just information service providers, but to also serve as catalysts for community engagement.

Feili talked about her research, describing how librarians in South Carolina changed their services to support local communities during the catastrophic flooding of 2015. She pointed out that librarians have been fighting two battles, the COVID-19 pandemic and the infodemic, and highlighted the importance of our mental wellbeing during this challenging time.

Caroline described how the UK Health Security Agency worked with other organisations to improve access to the evidence about COVID-19, focusing on the importance of working with librarians from other sectors to enhance service provision and value to the community. Caroline also described the resources that her organisation developed to make it easier for people to find the evidence about COVID-19 and other emergency situations.

The work of the IFLA Evidence for Global and Disaster Health Special Interest Group was described. Their role is to promote and strengthen the roles that librarians play in times of disaster and in response to global health challenges, supporting Sustainable Development Goal number 3, which is to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all, at all ages. On the website, you can read our news, details about our events, and access the leaflets we have produced.

I hope you find this webinar interesting. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch.

With best wishes, from,


Dr Caroline De Brún, DipLIS (She/Her/Mrs)

Knowledge and Evidence Specialist – South West

Knowledge and Library Services

UK Health Security Agency


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HIFA profile: Caroline De Brun is a Knowledge and Evidence Specialist at the UK Health Security Agency. Professional interests: health information literacy, information skills, knowledge management, outreach librarianship, patient information. She is a member of the HIFA working group on Libraries and Information Services.

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