Wednesday, April 11, 2007

CMU OFFICIALS LAUDED FOR HEALTH LITERACY STUDY

Anne Marie Casey is in the news again for her work with information literacy. So is Lana Ivanitskaya. The two are featured in CMU OFFICIALS LAUDED FOR HEALTH LITERACY STUDY.

The article notes that the two are profiled as "Information Literacy Stars" on the Web site for the National Forum on Information Literacy. The forum's Web site is http://www.infolit.org, and the link to their profiles is at http://www.infolit.org/star_8.html.

The article quotes Ivanitskaya, "These people will be at greater risk of making bad health decisions based on noncredible information if they conduct a basic Google search than if they search a scholarly library database. We're talking about potentially harmful information on such subjects as cancer rates, smoking cessation methods and fever management in children. People need advanced skills and knowledge to find high-quality health information on the Internet."

The article that is generating this praise for the two is: 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. URL: http://www.jmir.org/2006/2/e6/

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