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Tue Jan 28 2014

FYI: Call for Book Chapters: Crucial Conversations

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <>

Date: 27-Jan-2014
From: Catherine Smith <>
Subject: Call for Book Chapters: Crucial Conversations
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Crucial Conversations: Meeting health information needs outside of healthcare.
To be published by Chandos Publishing (a division of Elsevier), 2015.

Editors: Catherine Arnott Smith, PhD, and Alla Keselman, PhD.

Proposals due February 15, 2014; drafts due June 1, 2014; full chapters due September 1, 2014.

The book will address the challenges and ethical dilemmas concerning the delivery of health information to the general public in a wide variety of non-clinical settings. Instead of patient education or patient communication in hospitals and clinics, our interest is the challenges and successes of presenting health information outside of patient care by non-clinicians. Potential roles of interest include librarians, educators, social services workers, journalists and science writers who enable information exchange among the public through traditional and social media channels, and all who moderate or enable health
communication online. Potential settings of interest include, but are certainly not limited to, public and academic libraries; schools; colleges; community health centers and other social service agencies; and World Wide Web environments supporting patient communities (e.g., PatientsLikeMe, 23andMe).

Consumer health information provision is conducted by professionals working in a range of fields, including librarianship, education, journalism, and health communication. Linguist researchers working in
machine learning and in discourse analysis are among the contributors to health communications research. The editors of this volume are interested in seeing submissions from linguists who have investigated
health information provision - verbal, or computer-assisted.

The challenges and controversies of this material are both practical and ethical in nature. On a practical level, professionals need to ensure that the information they provide is understood the way they intended.
The consumers who receive the information differ in their background knowledge, health literacy, health beliefs, and understanding and attitudes towards risk. Meanwhile, the information is being exchanged in
a particular professional context, a context that affects and is affected by the information giver's ethical standards and work processes. Some of the controversies in this domain are uniquely characteristic of their fields; others are general, arising from the sensitive nature of health information and the ambiguity of the exact role of the professional who provides it.

The book begins with an overview of the historical key issues in this domain, and addresses the connection between biomedical and information professional ethics in the fields tasked with health information provision. Next, we address user-centered issues: the interplay between lay information seekers' prior knowledge and those attributes of their background that affects their understanding of health information. The next section centers on the professionals and practitioners who provide health information to lay people in specific contexts outside of healthcare professional practice. Finally, examples of challenges
inherent in particular information resources are presented.

Suggested Topics for Submission:
The following outline gives an idea of the populations, professionals and information resources we are particularly interested in; however, this list is not meant to be exhaustive or restrictive, and potential contributors who have other ideas are encouraged to contact us with their suggestions.

Section 1: Overview
The principles of medical ethics
Health literacy and illiteracy

Section 2: Target Populations, Professionals, Resources, Settings
Populations include: the aged, teenagers, parents, migrant workers, homeless people, low-income/transient/uninsured persons, immigrants, and sexual minorities.
Professionals include: journalists, librarians, educators, social services workers, information technologists.
Information resource challenges include balance; credibility of online information; alternative explanations and popular challenges to scientific expertise; information architecture; and online support groups (considered as information venues).
Settings include: Libraries, social service agencies, World Wide Web environments supporting patient communities (e.g., PatientsLikeMe, 23andMe)

We are looking for original work that has not been published elsewhere, of a length between 10,000 and 14,000 words.

Important Dates
Contributor selection process begins: February 15, 2014. All contributors will be notified by March 15, 2014. Drafts are due to coeditors on June 1, 2014, and final manuscripts on September 1, 2014. Coeditors will review and contact contributors with suggested revision as necessary between September 2 and October 31, 2014.

This book will be published by Chandos Publishing []. Chandos and its parent, Woodhead Publishing, are divisions of Elsevier. These publication houses are international firms specializing in library and information science, Internet and social media, and science, technical and information trends worldwide.

Please send chapter proposals (~350 words) and a current curriculum vita to lead editor Catherine Arnott Smith(, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Contact Prof. Smith or coeditor Dr. Alla Keselman ( with questions.

About the Co-editors:
Dr. Catherine Arnott Smith is an Associate Professor in the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a PhD in Library & Information Sciences/Medical Informatics and an MSIS in Information Sciences/Medical Informatics (University of Pittsburgh, 2002 and 2000 respectively), as well as master’s degrees in library and information science and American History/archives administration (University of Michigan, both 1992). Her research interests are consumer health vocabularies and consumer health informatics, as well as clinical information exchange in nonclinical spaces, such as public libraries and university disability resources centers.

Dr. Alla Keselman holds a PhD in human cognition and learning and an MA in biomedical informatics from Columbia University. Dr. Keselman, currently a Senior Social Science Analyst in the Division of Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine, conducts research into lay understanding of complex health concepts, health literacy, and consumer health informatics, as well as the role of libraries and librarians in providing health information to the public. Dr. Keselman's expertise also includes the development of life sciences and health education resources for K-12 students and teachers.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; General Linguistics

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