Category Archives: Future chats

We’re on holiday: next chat is on 19th September

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.


The ever-changing NHS landscape

The NHS is constantly changing and some recent drivers such as STPs and the Carter review will have a significant impact on our organisations.

We developed the MAP toolkit in 2008 after attending the LondonLinks Alignment Toolkit launch,  to share information about key NHS drivers and also to provide a platform to share examples of good practice in NHS libraries. We felt that it was important to demonstrate how our services are aligned to priorities for our organisations and the wider NHS.

This Twitter chat aims to explore how we keep up-to-date with NHS policy and strategic objectives, and how we use this information to benefit our practice and to plan and deliver library services. Finally we will discuss the MAP Toolkit, how people have used it and whether there are any gaps and any other areas that we should look at.


  1. How do you keep up to date with the wider healthcare agenda, e.g. new NHS policy, political drivers, new strategic objectives?
  2. What resources / bulletins / mechanisms do you find the most useful?
  3. How does keeping up to date benefit your professional practice? Why is it important?
  4. How do you use this information to deliver a better Library & Knowledge Service?
  5. How have you/would you use the MAP Toolkit?
  6. Is there anything we could add to the MAP to help you make your services more relevant to the bigger picture?

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.

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 or tweet us @ukmedlibs. We can provide support if you’ve never led a twitter chat before.