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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to introduce the articles in the special theme issue.
Design/methodology/approach - This paper provides some background and context on health literacy.
Findings - Health literacy is a critical constellation of skills. Librarians’ abilities and expertise are well-suited to contributing to the improvement of health literacy for various populations in various settings. Librarians are actively engaging in a wide variety of health literacy initiatives in collaboration with other professionals and organizations.
Practical implications - Specific examples of how librarians are contributing to health literacy are described.
Social implications - Lack of health literacy is associated with poor health outcomes and increased health costs. Multiple organizations, think tanks and government agencies have called for addressing disparities in health literacy.
Originality/value - This paper provides an overview and introduction to the special issue on health literacy.
Arndt, Theresa S. "Health Literacy: A Natural Role for Librarians." Reference Services Review 44, no. 2 (2016): 81-84.