Objectives/Purpose: Attracting fair attendees to stop and interact with library staff about health information resources has always been a timeless problem, especially when you are competing against other, more “flashier” exhibits within the immediate area. The challenge is to come up with a way to captivate people and engage them long enough to enlighten them about reliable health information resources. Methods/Brief Program Description: Since the mid-2000s, the Health Sciences Libraries has staffed a booth at their state fair highlighting NLM and library resources and services. In 2014, the booth staff debuted a new attraction – a health fact or fiction quiz that utilizes an iPad flashcard app. The quiz consists of health related questions, where the quiz taker would guess true or false, and then tap the iPad screen to see the answer or swipe to the next question. All of the answer pages contain the answer, a short explanation about why it was true or false and a url(s) to a health information resource. The initial quiz consisted of seven true / false questions and the following year this was expanded to fourteen questions. The questions were selected to cover a wide variety of health topics designed to provoke discussion about health information. Results/Outcome: We had very engaged people who had fun trying to guess the medical device and the health true or false quiz had participants actually reading the information as to why a question's answer was true or false with a few friendly discussions about why a certain question was true versus false based on changing health information. We expected most people to try to answer just a few questions, but many cycled through all of the questions and a few even tried both quizzes. Comments received after taking the quizzes included “that was really interesting” or “I learned a lot.” Conclusion: Fair attendees greatly enjoy participating in games and are very willing to spend the time at an exhibit where their brains are also engaged. The quizzes are a great way to connect with exhibit visitors by providing a setting that encourages shared story-telling and provides the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of health information, both from the aspect of what people think they know to opening up avenues of new knowledge and understanding.
Poster presentation at the 2017 Medical Library Association Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, May 26-31.
Chew, Katherine; Beschnette, Anne.
Health Fact Or Fiction: Utlizing an iPad Flashcard App to Engage and Educate Fair Attendees..
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