Utilization of Health Information as a Predictor of wellness among Librarians in University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED) in Ondo City, Ondo State Nigeria.

Lucky Oghenetega Urhiewhu, Sale, BaukaAji & Joy, Emmanuel Omah

This paper is onutilization of health information as a predictor of wellness among librarians in University of Medical Sciences in Ondo City, Ondo State Nigeria. This paper addresses Goal 3 of Sustainable Development Goals which states that Good Health and Well-being. Which relates to one of the sub-themes of this conference: LIS Education and Health Information Provision for Sustainable Development. The keys area discussed in this paper are: Call to action of LIS educators, Meaning of health information and professionals,Brief history of UNIMED, University Library; New role of health sciences/medical/hospital librarians. Descriptive survey research design employed in this research. The population of the study were drawn from the University Library in Ondo City, Ondo State. University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED) Library sampled for the study. The questionnaire was designed to elicit information on uses, needs, seeking behaviour and sources of health information among academic librarians”. Data for the study was collected using questionnaire, administered to the respondents in their respective sections with the assistance of professional colleagues who was also staff of the UNIMED. The results revealed that the health information required by Health Sciences/Medical Librarians in academic library studied are; blood pressure control information 82%, food and drugs 91%, cancer information 78% Malaria treatment 75% and information on drug reactions 68%.This was so because the mortality rates of the mentioned diseases is very high not only in Nigeria but globally, and if proper health awareness campaign is not initiated on time, productivity of Librarians may be threatened in the future. Another important finding of the research is that internet, Radio , TV, Health journals are the major sources of obtaining health information by the academic librarians in this study.

Keywords: Health information, Sustainable Development Goals, UNIMED, Library, LIS educators and Health sciences Librarians.

crossref-logoDOI: 10.26761/IJRLS.3.2.2017.1257          DOI URL: https://doi.org/10.26761/ijrls.3.2.2017.1257