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.
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?
So join us online at 8pm tonight, Tuesday 18 April. Please remember to use the #ukmedlibs hashtag when tweeting.
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:
- Pomodoro technique: working in 20-25 minute bursts
- Forest app for Chrome: browser extension to stop internet distractions
- OmniFocus: task management for Mac, iPad and iPhone
- Microsoft Outlook
- Evernote: tool for capturing and organising ideas. NB some of us incorrectly call this EndNote in the chat, which is reference management software
- 30/30 app: task manager for iOS
- Google Calendar
- A Guide to Overcoming Procrastination & Finding Focus: from Zen Habits
- Getting Things Done (GTD): ‘a total work-life management system that transforms overwhelm into an integrated system of stress-free productivity‘
- Todoist: to do list and task management app
Also mentioned: pen, paper, music, biscuits and coffee
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks everyone who participated in last night’s chat on summarising and synthesising evidence, and particularly to Alison Mclaren (@patcherillo on Twitter) for leading.
Some other resources mentioned in the course of the chat were:
- “Yes, but so what…?” Writing contextualised research summaries to support commissioners’ Presentation by Alan Lovell at CILIP 2016
- Synthesising and summarising courses led by Tim Buckley Owen in London and Brighton, December 2016 (more to follow across NHS England in 2017 – we’ll post details when they’re known).
- The Hours timetracking app
- Instant Evidence Based Medicine: how to quickly synthesise research A ScHARR course (the split infinitive in the course title is theirs).
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.
- Are you providing evidence summaries?
- Which service users are requesting evidence summaries? Are you advertising this service or providing it as requested?
- Should there be a cost implementation for this service?
- What are the benefits to your service of offering evidence summaries?
- What are the difficulties or barriers in the provision of evidence summaries?
- 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
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 email@example.com or tweet us @ukmedlibs. We can provide support if you’ve never led a twitter chat before.