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Clinical Librarian, Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service

Questions for tonight, Tuesday 15th January: nutrition and diet information

Join us at 8 pm tonight to discuss nutrition and diet information. Lucy Sinclair (@LuceSinclair1) will lead the discussion and has prepared questions to give us some focus.

1) What do you think as information professionals our role is in providing patient information about nutrition and healthy eating?

2) Do your team currently support clinicians with patient information on healthy eating?

3) Is your team planning in developing or increasing support to clinicians on patient information?

4) How do or would you signpost clinicians to access this information?

And please remember to use the #ukmedlibs hashtag when you tweet


Transcript and analytics from our #HIW2018 chat

The transcript and analytics of the June chat, on Health Information Week, are now available. Thanks to everyone who took part in an idea-packed chat, and in particular to the HIW2018 project group, part of the HEE/CILIP Leadership Development programme. The Health Information Week toolkit was mentioned a number of times. Find it on the Knowledge for Healthcare blog. Good luck to everyone organising activities in Health Information Week, which runs from 2nd to 8th July.

The #ukmedlibs Christmas quiz

Librarians love nothing more than a quiz, so #ukmedlibs present the first-ever Christmas Twitter quiz, with your quiz mistress @Hollingtonn.

At 8 pm on Tuesday 19th December we’ll unleash a series of questions, one by one, and invite you to submit your answers.

The person with the most correct answers will win a prize, generously donated by Wolters Kluwer. In the event of a tie, we have a tie-breaker prepared.

Guerilla open access: October chat, 8 pm Tuesday 17 October

Inspired by recent exchanges on lis-medical, lis-profession and Medlib-L on the subject of the hashtag #icanhazpdf, used by people asking for copies of papers from scholarly journals, the October chat will discuss the phenomenon variously known as guerilla open access, scholarly piracy or biblioleaks. This is timely: Open Access Week occurs later in the month.

Sharing sites such as SciHub claim to hold over 64.5 million journal articles, freed from paywalls, but publishers take a dim view of their activities and Elsevier and the Amercian Chemical Society (ACS) are suing SciHub.

Questions for discussion:

    1. Are library users in your organisation using these tools and sites?
    2. What implications do these tools have for us?
    3. And what implications do they have for our relationships with publishers?
    4. What’s the relationship between our campaigns for open access and tools such as these?
    5. What advice would you give to a library user who asks you if they should use one of these sites?


If you’d like some background reading, try these:

Hoy MB. Sci-Hub: What Librarians Should Know and Do about Article Piracy. Med Ref Serv Q. 2017;36(1):73-8.

Greshake B Looking into Pandora’s Box: The Content of Sci-Hub and its Usage. F1000 Research. 2017;6:541. Available at

Swab M, Romme K Scholarly Sharing via Twitter: #icanhazpdf Requests for Health Sciences Literature. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal de l’Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada. 2016;37:9-11. Available at

Bohannon J. Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone. Science. 2016;352(6285):508-12. Available at

Gardner CC, Gardner G. Bypassing Interlibrary Loan Via Twitter: An Exploration of #icanhazpdf Requests. ACRL 2015 ; March 25-28, 2015; Portland, Oregon 2015. Available at

Transcript and analytics for the September #AMillionDecisions chat

Thanks to everyone who participated in the #AMillionDecisions chat, and in particular to Alison Day and Sarah Hennessy for leading us, and to Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP for his participation. The transcript and analytics are now available, thanks to Symplur, if you weren’t able to take part, or want to refresh your memory.

We think it was the biggest #ukmedlibs chat so far, with 47 participants, and over a million tweet impressions.

In October we’ll be talking about the phenomena variously known as guerilla open access, black open access or shadow libraries: for example, #icanhazpdf, Library Genesis or, most (in)famously, Sci-Hub.

Questions and resources will be posted here before the chat.

September chat: #AMillionDecisions

Every day across the healthcare sector in England more than a million decisions are made that have a profound and lasting impact on people’s lives and which influence the quality of healthcare and the cost of services.


CILIP and Health Education England (HEE) are campaigning for decisions in the healthcare sector to be fully evidence-based, calling on government and health service providers to employ and make use of the skills of librarians and knowledge specialists in meeting their obligations under The Health and Social Care Act 2012.

You can see how people have been getting involved so far by searching the #AMillionDecisions hashtag on Twitter.

On Tuesday 19th September at 8pm, we go online to talk about the campaign, how you are getting involved and what can be done to support you to promote it.

We’ll structure the chat around the following questions:

  1. How are you engaging with the #AMillionDecisions campaign?
  2. What examples of impact are you using to promote the campaign?
  3. Are you connecting with and promoting The Health and Social Care Act 2012, if so, how?
  4. What is the value of connecting into your professional body around advocacy and this campaign?
  5. What support is needed to drive the value of this campaign strategically in your Trust?
  6. How might the #AMillionDecisions campaign be useful to you?
  7. Where do we take this from here?


Transcript of July’s chat: Patient and Public Involvement

The transcript and analytics of July’s chat on patient and public involvement are now available, thanks to Symplur. Thanks to everyone who participated, and to Holly Case for leading it.

Resources mentioned

We’ll take a break in August, but will be back in September, refreshed, to talk about #amilliondecisions

Professional competencies: transcript and analytics

Here’s the transcript and analytics for the June 2017 chat, Professional development – are you up to scratch?
Thanks, everyone who took part, and especially @hollingtonn for leading the discussion.
Resources mentioned in the chat:

And, though no one mentioned it in the chat itself, and it compared the old, 2007 MLA competencies with the PKSB, this article by @aalawton and Jane Burns is rewarding reading:
Lawton A, Burns J. A review of competencies needed for health librarians–a
comparison of Irish and international practice. Health Info Libr J. 2015
Jun;32(2):84-94. doi: 10.1111/hir.12093. Epub 2014 Dec 30

July’s chat will be at 8pm BST on Tuesday 18th July.