When calamities like the Ebola outbreak occur, misinformation in the form of rumor, lies, propaganda and other untruths comes at us from every direction. Residents of Zion, Winthrop Harbor and Beach Park, however, can get reliable, factual and verified information on Ebola and other infectious diseases in person, online or over the phone from reference librarians at the ZB Library Adult Services reference desk.
These reference professionals can access and share research from peer-reviewed and scholarly sources of factual information, including biomedical journal articles from the National Library of Medicine and several National Institute of Health websites.
In addition to articles and print resources, reference librarians can provide cardholders with illustrations, infographics, timelines and maps when outbreaks occur.
There are even a few sites that are only accessible to libraries that provide up-to-the-minute breaking news and other vital information. These sites allow the local library to share information with first-responders.
With infectious disease outbreaks like this one, the ZB Library can provide information on several aspects, including:
- basic science and sequencing of outbreak events
- public health practices
- clinical care and infection control
- availability of health care
- implications for well-being
- long-term effects
- social stigmas
In addition to providing reference information, the ZB Library’s online resources collection includes MedlinePlus, available online to cardholders. MedlinePlus is a National Institute of Health site offering trusted, comprehensive information on everything related to health, wellness and medicine.