The first ever #ukmedlibs Twitter chat will take place at soon. The theme will be Health Education England’s Library and Knowledge Services Development Framework.
Following the lead of the well-established North American #medlibs Twitter chats, we’re starting a British one, using the hashtag #ukmedlibs. #medlibs discussions are fascinating, but take place in the early hours of the morning by our time, when clean-living librarians this side of the Atlantic are fast asleep in bed. We’ve called these chats #ukmedlibs, and the medium of discussion will be English, but we hope it will prove attractive to anyone in this part of the world.
Twitter chats offer a new way to debate professional issues. They take place at an agreed time around a set subject and use a hashtag (#) to organise the conversation and differentiate it from everything else going on on Twitter.
To take part you need to:
- have a Twitter account. Register at http://www.twitter.com
- be online at the appointed time
- join in, using the #ukmedlibs hashtag, so everyone can see that your tweets are part of the conversation
We’ve chosen for the theme of the first one the HEE LKS Knowledge for healthcare:
a development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England, which may be found at https://hee.nhs.uk/work-programmes/library-and-knowledge-services/ To focus the discussion, we’ll post some questions in advance here.
Of course there’s also a Twitter account, @ukmedlibs
Thanks to Symplur, chats will be archived for those who can’t participate, or who want to revisit them later: http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/ukmedlibs/
The evil geniuses behind #ukmedlibs are Holly Case, Outreach Librarian at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust,
Sam Burgess, Head Librarian, Academy Library and Information Service, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Tom Roper, Clinical Librarian at Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service. If anyone else would like to help with the organisation, or would be interested in guest hosting future chats, do get in touch: leave a comment below, or e-mail us.