There’s no #ukmedlibs chat tonight as we take a summer break. We’ll be back at 8pm on Tuesday 19th September, when we’ll be talking about #AMillionDecisions with guests Sarah Hennessy and Alison Day. We’ll post more here before the chat.
- Delivering a Patient Information Service (a CILIP Health Libraries Group and Patient Information Forum event) October 2017
- Health Information Week (runs from 2-8th July 2018)
- Knowledge for Healthcare patient and public information work-stream
We’ll take a break in August, but will be back in September, refreshed, to talk about #amilliondecisions
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:
- Professional Knowledge and Skills Base for Health (PKSB)[CILIP members only; there is supposed to be a version for NHS staff at http://www.libraryservices.nhs.uk/pksb but we couldn’t find it]
- The Medical Library Association Competencies for Lifelong Learning and Professional Success
- International Clinical Librarian Conference
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.
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 email@example.com