Questions for today’s #ukmedlibs chat on CPD in the time of COVID-19

Here’s some questions to focus the discussion: but feel free to go beyond these.

Q1: Is it easier to keep up with your professional development now, or harder?
Q2: What are the best CPD resources/events you’ve used or taken part in?
Q3: Have you used informal ways to keep professionally in touch and up to date?
Q4: What next?

July #ukmedlibs chat: CPD in the time of COVID-19, 12.30 pm, Tuesday 21st July

Did you start lockdown resolved to read Dostoevsky in the original Russian, learn to touch-type, do Pilates every day and finally do your CILIP Certification, Chartership or Fellowship? How did that go?

For our July lunchtime chat we’ll be talking about CPD in the time of COVID-19: what have been the opportunities and challenges in keeping professionally up to date? What does it mean for professional organisations offering CPD programmes?

Join as at 12.30 pm on Tuesday 21st July, with the hashtag #ukmedlibs

Transcript and analytics for June’s #ukmedlibs chat on current awareness services

Thank are due to everyone who joined us for a rich discussion on current awareness services last night, and to Lucy Sinclair for leading us. The transcript and analytics are now available. Resources mentioned in the discussion included:

Knowledge for Healthcare pages on current awareness

CASH (also offer a COVID-19 bulletin)

KnowledgeShare  (again, offer COVID-19 updates, no login required). Also mentioned, CILIP Update’s 2018 article on KnowledgeShare

Public Health England (see especially their daily COVID-19 alert)

Royal College of Surgeons COVID-19 alerts

See also Barbara Norrey’s 2018 evidence briefing for Public Health England, What innovative methods are available for delivering current awareness? 

And at the end we discussed current awareness services for librarians: see in particular Thomas Krichel’s bims-librar

Join us again in July, for a lunchtime discussion at 12.30 pm on Tuesday 21st July.

Our next chat- current awareness, tuesday 16th june 8pm.

Our June chat will be revisiting the topic of current awareness services led by Lucy Sinclair from the Royal College of Surgeons. We’ll be discussing how library services are supporting and adapting or customising their current awareness service focusing on what information sources or resources they are using to keep up to date. Plus we’ll also be thinking about if the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on how current awareness service are produced. Join us on 16th June at 8pm with the hashtag #ukmedlibs. Questions are:

  1. Do you or your library service produce a current awareness service/ bulletin? If not, would you consider producing one in the future?
  2. Has COVID-19 had an impact on/affected your current awareness service?
  3. If so, how have you adapted your service to support and find current information around COVID-19?
  4. What resources do you use or find most useful to keep up to date?
  5. Are there any information sources you would recommend for producing a current awareness service?
  6. What would your perfect current awareness service look like?

Transcript and analytics for today’s Health Information Week #HIW2020 #ukmedlibs chat

Thanks to everyone who took part in today’s chat on Health Information Week 2020, which takes place from 6th to 12th July. The transcript and analytics are now available and it was good to see so many of you join in, from a range of library services, both public and NHS. It was particularly pleasing to welcome a number of new participants to our chats. Thanks to Holly Case-Wyatt for leading the discussion, and the Health Information Week team for their contributions.

Next month’s chat is in the evening, at 8 pm on Tuesday 16th June. The #ukmedlibs team (Holly, Lucy, Sam and Tom) look forward to talking to you again then.

Our next chat – Health Information Week 2020, Tuesday 19th May 12.30pm

Join us at lunchtime on Tuesday 19th May for our next #ukmedlibs chat. This month we will be chatting about Health Information Week 2020.

This year Health Information Week will be from the 6th to the 12th of July, so we have invited the Health Information Week group to join us to kick off the conversation about planning, as well as their new website and promotional materials. Although this year’s Health Information Week will be slightly different from originally planned, I think we can all agree that there hasn’t been a more important time for accurate, high quality health information to be readily available to patients and the public.

Here are the questions we will be following during the chat;

1. Have you been involved in Health Information Week before? If so, what did you do?
2. Before covid-19, what were you planning to do this year?
3. How have you changed your plans in the light of covid-19?
4. What could the national Health Information Week group do better next year?
5. What do you think of the new posters and branding?
6. What do you think of the new website?
Join in by using the hashtag #ukmedlibs, and follow Health Information Week @Healthinfoweek

COVID-19: the library response: transcript, analytics and links for the May #ukmedlibs chat

Thanks to the 89 people who participated in last night’s #ukmedlibs chat, the largest number since we started these in May 2015. And we give special thanks to Caroline de Brún, for formulating the questions and leading the discussion so well.

The transcript and analytics are now available.

We also list below links to resources referred to in the discussion:

General COVID-19 resource pages
Knowledge for Healthcare COVID-19 resources

NHS Education for Scotland: The Knowledge Network: COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—For Beginners to Experts [Maintained by @giustini
at the University of British Columbia -TR]

Current Awareness

KnowledgeShare: COVID-19 resources

Public Health England: Finding the evidence: Coronavirus


e-Learning for Healthcare: COVID-19 course catalogue 

e-Learning for Healthcare: Health Literacy: you can make a difference

e-Learning for Healthcare: Knowledge Mobilisation Framework 

TURAS Learn [NHS Education for Scotland’s e-learning platform -TR] : Coronavirus (COVID-19)

NIHR/UKRI COVID-19 Rapid Response Rolling Call 

Searches and resources to search
Knowledge for Healthcare COVID-19 Search Bank

COVID-19 Preprint Servers Custom Search

Working from home and wellbeing:
Knowledge for Healthcare Working from Home and Wellbeing:

And, on the response to COVID-19 by libraries of all types:
OCLC Virtual Town Hall: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis

Tools for keeping in touch with remote teams:
MS Teams

Our next chat, our fifth anniversary, will be a lunchtime one, at 12.30 on Tuesday 19th May. Join us for a discussion of Health Information Week 2020. #HIW2020 takes place from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th July, so this is part of the preparations.

Questions for our April #ukmedlibs chat on #covid19 and the library response, 8pm, Tuesday 21st April

Join us online at 8 pm on Tuesday 21st April to discuss COVID-19 and the library response, in a twitter chat led by Caroline De Brún.
Caroline has prepared some questions to help focus the discussion:

  1. First and most importantly, how are we all doing? Is there any support that would be useful?
  2. How are you keeping services going? What works, what works less well? Has your workload increased/decreased? Are you able to support external projects or other libraries who may have a greater demand for searchers?
  3. How are your searching and teaching services changing? Are you making use of some of the shared searches out there? Which sites are you using? Are you still able to train, and if yes, what software are you using?
  4. Are you offering any new services? Are you learning any new professional skills?
  5. Information overload: there’s new guidance, studies, opinion produced hourly. How are we coping, and helping health professionals in the front-line to cope?
  6. What’s happening to scholarly communication? What are thoughts about the increasing availability of preprints/non-proof-read papers?
  7. How are we looking after ourselves and each other? Being kind, staying fit and sane? Do you have the time to learn new skills, whether professional or personal, or are you too busy with work?
  8. How are you maintaining contact with your teams? Is there a tool that you find particularly useful?
  9. What are you most looking forward to once the lockdown is over? Is there anything in particular you are missing most?
  10. Is there a particular aspect of working during lockdown that you would like to maintain once the lockdown is over, e.g. more opportunities to work from home?

If you haven’t joined a Twitter chat before, all the tweets made as part of the discusssion use the hashtag #ukmedlibs. So open this link in a web browser or search for #ukmedlibs on Twitter via the Twitter web page, or any Twitter client. We go through the questions, aiming to finish within an hour. If you want to contribute or comment during the chat, be sure to use the hashtag #ukmedlibs. If you don’t, others won’t see your comments or be able to respond to them, and your tweets won’t be included in the transcript we publish after the chat.

April #ukmedlibs chat: COVID-19 and the library response, 8 pm Tuesday 21st April

We discussed coronavirus and other public health emergencies in February, but it wasn’t until the end of that month that the first case attributed to transmission within the UK was reported. And events have moved very quickly, so we thought we’d return to this for our April chat, which takes place at 8 in the evening on Tuesday 21st April. 

We’re delighted to say that Caroline de Brún of Public Health England will again join us to lead the discussion

Questions will follow, but among the areas we’ll discuss are these:

  1. How are you keeping services going? What works, what works less well?
  2. How are your searching and teaching services changing? 
  3. Information overload: there’s new guidance, studies, opinion produced hourly. How are we coping, and helping clinicians in the front-line to cope? 
  4. What’s happening to scholarly communication? 
  5. How are we looking after ourselves and each other? Being kind, staying fit and sane?

You may also wish to participate in #uklibchat’s chat on 6th April on virtual libraries – taking our services online  or read Aaron Tay’s characteristically stimulating post, Libraries and Research in a COVID-19 world

And North American librarians will be discussing COVID-19 on Thursday 2nd April on the #medlibs hashtag at 11am PST/2pm EST: that’s 19.00 BST   

Website for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chats