We will be kicking off 2019 with a chat about supporting clinicians to find information on nutrition and healthy eating, enabling them to pass on high quality information to new patients. Celebrating the new year is quickly followed with an onslaught of health warnings, quick fix diets and articles on the negative effects of sugar in the media. Searching for evidence-based nutrition and health information can be a minefield.
Do you think that health information professionals have a role in helping clinicians and the public find this information? Is this something that you already do?
Join the ukmedlibs team on the 15th January at 8pm for a discussion on all thing healthy information!
The French word Noel is derived, via Old French, from the Latin, dies natalis.
Coca Cola started using Santa Claus in advertisements in the 1920s.
Liverpool Central Library won The Bookseller’s Library of the year award in 2018
Nina Browne, the inventor of Browne issue, spelt her name with a terminal e. (You nearly all got this right, unlike a certain eminent member of the profession whose name I will keep to myself)
Identify these items of library equipment. Due to a glitch in Google Forms, most of you coldn’t submit answers for the 3rd and 4th picture, so we didn’t score the answers for these. But they were, in order, a date stamp, a hole punch, paper clips and rubber bands
Match the cat to the #ukmedlibs team member: cat 1 was Sam’s Phoebe, cat 2 was Holly’s Lupin, cat 3 was Tom’s Percy and cat 4 was Lucy’s father’s cat Fluffy.
And the most difficult round, match the photograph to the classification they invented. The answers are:
Cyril Barnard, inventor of the Barnard classification (and after whom the Barnard prize is named)
Melvil Dewey – you nearly all got this one
Henry E. Bliss, who devised the Bliss Bibliographic classification
S.R. Ranganathan, he of the Colon classification (named after the punctuation mark, not the large intestine
Paul Otlet, a famous Belgian who, with Henri La Fontaine, devised the Universal Decimal Classifcaiton
Herbert Putnam who introduced the Library of Congress Classification at, surprisingly, the Library of Congress.
The two in this photograph who developed classifications are Eileen Cunningham, on the left, and Mary Louise Marshall, on the right, whom we have to thank for the NLM classification. In between them sits Janet Doe, after whom the MLA’s Janet Doe lecture is named. Read Brodman E. Mary Louise Marshall, 1893-1986. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1986;74(3):288–290 for more about these formidable women, and their sometimes difficult relationships with one another. “She could irritate everyone
without trying: she talked endlessly, and she thought your time should be her time.” I’m sure we’ve all had colleagues like that.
And finally, the transcript and analytics aren’t yet available. We’ll tweet when they are. We start 2019 with our first chat of the year on Tuesday 15th January, at 8pm. We’ll announce more details early in the new year. In the meantime, a happy Christmas to you all.
You have until 9 pm to complete them; and while you do, join us on Twitter at #ukmedlibs to chat about things professional. Then the quiz will close, a sophisticated algorithm (Tom) will harvest and mark your answers, decide on the winner, and announce the name. The winner will receive a £20 Amazon voucher generously donated by EBSCO.
No Googling (How will we know? We’ll know, we assure you)
One entry each
There are no more rules
A happy Christmas to you all from the #ukmedlibs team: Holly, Lucy, Sam and Tom
We are proud to announce that the second annual #ukmedlibs Christmas quiz will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 18th December, and we are most grateful to EBSCO who have generously sponsored a £20 Amazon voucher for the winner.
To avoid skullduggery and googling, the questions will be made available on the night. See you there!
Discovery systems seem to be all the rage. Widely adopted in higher education libraries, and heavily promoted by vendors, some NHS libraries have installed a discovery system, though we have no information on their use in non-NHS, non HE health libraries, such as Royal Colleges, membership organisations and charities.
Knowledge for Healthcare commissioned Ken Chad to report on discovery systems for the NHS. His report, summarised in this Knowledge for Healthcare blog post, recommends a single national gateway to enable NHS staff to access trusted, high quality resources, services and support, and highlights the need to provide end users with a better experience, and to reduce the complexity of the existing infrastructure, which complicates access for end-users and carries high maintenance costs.
A little late, for which we apologise, but here’s the transcript and analytics for the very lively knowledge management chat on Tuesday. We hope it’s prepared you well for #Knowvember. Next month’s chat takes place at 8 pm on Tuesday 20th November, and will be on discovery tools.
With thanks to Lucy Reid, here’s an introduction to, and questions for, next Tuesday’s chat on current awareness service. Join us on 18th September at 8 pm.
Keeping up-to-date is vitally important for healthcare practitioners. But, as we all know, the pace of change and the volume of publishing makes this difficult. Current awareness services are a valuable tool for helping staff to keep up-to-date with their area of practice and most NHS LKS services report offering current awareness services ranging from circulating tables of contents and using Knowledge Share for personalised alerts through to bespoke abstracting create tailored current awareness bulletins. In 2015-16, a Knowledge for Healthcare working group found that 84 NHS England library services were producing one or more current awareness bulletins. During this #ukmedlibs chat we’d like to revisit these findings and delve a little deeper into the creation and circulation of current awareness bulletins. We’ll be thinking about at the Knowledge for Healthcare current awareness bulletin guidelines and bulletin repository (https://kfh.libraryservices.nhs.uk/current-awareness/) so do have a quick look ahead of time if you can.
Do you produce your own current awareness bulletins, circulate bulletins produced by other services or both?
What characterises a high quality bulletin? Are there any that you’d recommend as exemplary?
How are you evaluating your current awareness bulletins? Do you look at usage, reach or impact? What are your findings?
How much time do you spend in an average week on your current awareness bulletins (compiling, modifying and circulating)?
The principle behind the guidelines and repository is to facilitate collaboration and reduce duplication in bulletin production. Whether you’re a creator or distributor of bulletins, what would help colleagues to “do once and share”?