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Clinical Librarian, Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service

Transcript and analytics for the information literacy chat

Thanks to everyone who participated in the April chat, on information literacy. The transcript and analytics are now available, with thanks to Symplur.

Next month, at 8 pm on Tuesday 16 May, Tracey Pratchett and Victoria Treadway will lead a chat on the Making Alignment a Priority (MAP) toolkit. More soon, in the meantime you can follow the MAP Toolkit on Twitter.

Tonight’s chat: information literacy and health libraries

It’s the week after the LILAC conference, so tonight we go online to talk about information literacy in health libraries. To stimulate thought, have a look at the LILAC 2017 archive – in particular two papers by Pip Divall, Critical reading made easy and Writing for publication: using training and blogs to promote publishing in a hospital trust (there was also one by Emily Hurt,Facilitating research amongst radiographers through information literacy workshops, but it’s not yet available on the LILAC site) and, of course, SCONUL’s Seven Pillars of Information Skills.

Questions for tonight:

Q1. Information literacy has been described as a key compenent of evidence-based practice. Do we agree?

Q2. Can we make any assumptions about the information literacy levels of health professionals? Do newly qualified doctors, nurses and other professions come to us with adequate information literacy levels?

Q3. New opportunities for teaching information literacy: have you developed new courses to meet new needs, for example in using social media, or teaching reflective writing?

Q4. Were you at LILAC, or following from afar on Twitter? What were your impressions?

Q5. Patients and the public: do health librarians have a role in teaching information literacy to patients and the public?

Q6. Have you been involved in wider literacy activities, for example Books on Prescription or the Six Book Challenge?

So join us online at 8pm tonight, Tuesday 18 April. Please remember to use the #ukmedlibs hashtag when tweeting.

Pen, paper, music, biscuits and coffee: transcript, analytics and resources from last night’s productivity chat

The transcript and analytics of last night’s chat about productivity techniques are now available.

As there were a number of techniques, apps and resources mentioned, we’ve extracted them from the transcript and list them below, in the order they were mentioned:

Also mentioned: pen, paper, music, biscuits and coffee

Transcript and analytics of January’s chat: new year resolutions

Thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s chat on new year resolutions. The transcript and analytics are now available.

The February chat will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 21st February and will be on productivity tools and time management: the topic came up in last night’s chat, and was popular. We have an idea for April’s chat. If anyone has suggestions for March, do contact us, either on Twitter or by e-mail to ukmedlibs@gmail.com

Notes from November’s summarising and synthesising chat

Thanks everyone who participated in last night’s chat on summarising and synthesising evidence, and particularly to Alison Mclaren (@patcherillo on Twitter) for leading.

The transcript and analytics are now up, thanks to Symplur.

Some other resources mentioned in the course of the chat were:

Summarising and Synthesising Evidence #ukmedlibs chat – Tuesday 15th November 2016 8pm.

Join us on Tuesday 15th November for our next #ukmedlibs chat, this month on Summarising and Synthesising Evidence

Are you or your service regularly providing summarised evidence reviews for your users? Are you considering adding them to your service offer for certain user groups? We know that commissioners and public health staff highly value these evidence summaries to support their work, saving them time and providing them with high quality evidence.

  1. Are you providing evidence summaries?
  2. Which service users are requesting evidence summaries? Are you advertising this service or providing it as requested?
  3. Should there be a cost implementation for this service?
  4. What are the benefits to your service of offering evidence summaries?
  5. What are the difficulties or barriers in the provision of evidence summaries?
  6. Do you feel that you would benefit from further training on evidence summaries? What would you want that to cover?

Alison Mclaren from Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust joins us to share her experience of providing complex reviews for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network. Want to add to our questions? Tweet us @ukmedlibs

Coming soon, to a #ukmedlibs twitter chat near you

With three chats to go, it might be helpful to outline the #ukmedlibs chat calendar for the remainder of the year.
18 October: quality assurance in health libraries: to LQAF and beyond, led by Sam Burgess and Dominic Gilroy
15 November: synthesising and summarising.
20 December: our now traditional- well, we’ve done it once- light-hearted look at curiousities from the biomedical literature. Think Christmas BMJ, only more so.

All chats start at 8 pm.

In 2017, we’ve had some interest in a chat on cataloguing and acquisitions and we’ll be meeting in December to map out a programme for the whole year. If you have an idea and would like to help lead a chat, get in touch: e-mail us at ukmedlibs@gmail.com or tweet us @ukmedlibs. We can provide support if you’ve never led a twitter chat before.