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Catch up on the #ukmedlibs statistics chat.

Thank you very much to those stalwarts that turned up for the recent #ukmedlibs chat on statistics.  Very special thanks must go to Louise Levitt (@louisewann) and Lauren Smith (@walkyouhome) as they contributed to the conversation whilst surrounded by the project team!! If anyone else was lurking we’d love to know why you didn’t join in?  Did we not promote the session sufficiently, was it poor timing, was it a scary subject?

In any case, the transcript and analytics of the chat are now available on symplur.

Our next chat on 15th May (it sounds early but that’s the third Tuesday of the month!) will focus on technology enhanced learning – questions and topic yet to be decided.

As ever, we’d like to know what you want to talk about – do drop us a line either via email or on twitter – tell us what you like to chat about with colleagues.


Statistics: what are we collecting and what for?! Join us for #ukmedlibs on 17th April.

Statistics! Yes, that dreaded word; and yet….they matter, they have the power to prove and disprove certain elements of our work.  To provide the evidence we need around resources, funding, and activities.  They provide a snapshot of your services at a particular point in time.

But, do you feel that you know what to collect or what to do with the data once collected?  Do you find statistics valuable or a waste of time?  Do you have an example of how statistics have made the case for you and changed things?

This #ukmedlibs chat is your opportunity to contribute to the work of the statistics project group that was formed as part of this year’s HEE/CILIP leadership course.

 The questions for this chat are:

  1. Do you know what statistics are collected on a national basis?
  2. What do you think about the national statistics returns and the data collected?
  3. What local statistics that aren’t included in the national statistics return do you collect?
  4. How do you use your locally collected statistics?
  5. Think back to a time when you have used statistics in an impactful way. What did you do and how did it work out?
  6. What changes would you like to see made to the national statistics process to support you and your library service in the future?
  7. What resources or skills would further enable you to collect local statistics?
  8. Have we missed anything important?
  9.  Of everything we’ve discussed, what is the most important aspect to you?

Come and chat with us at 8pm on Tuesday 17th March.  (one caveat – this chat is likely to have more relevance to NHS library managers, but do offer your opinion as all are welcome!)

Journal club: March #ukmedlibs chat: Using Quality Improvement Tools to Redefine a Clinical Librarianship Program

We haven’t run a Twitter journal club for a while, so for the March chat, at 8 pm on Tuesday 20th March we’ll have a discussion about this paper:

Chu F, Ball A
Using Quality Improvement Tools to Redefine a Clinical Librarianship Program: A Case Study
J Hosp Libr 2018 1-7

It’s not open access, but if you ask your document supply colleagues nicely, they should be able to find you a copy.

UPDATE: with thanks to Nikki Dettmar of the #medlibs chats, there’s a copy in the University of Washington’s repository:

Let’s talk about ethics: #UKMedLibs chat on CILIP’s ethical principles 8pm 20 February

Ethical principles underlie everything that we do: the choices we make in our own lives and the actions that we take at work.  Getting the principles right therefore has wide implications – not just for dry-sounding theory, but for day to day activities.

This #UKMedLibs chat is an opportunity to contribute to CILIP’s Big Conversation reviewing the ethical principles for the professional body.  You can find out more about the review here and you may find it helpful to refresh your awareness of the ethical principles before the chat

Come to the chat prepared to be honest and reflective!

Our questions:

  1. Were you aware of the ethical principles (be honest!)?
  2. How have you applied the ethical principles in your work?
  3. What do you think are the big ethical issues in healthcare library and knowledge services?
  4. Do any of the principles need updating (e.g. if new technologies have made a difference)?
  5. Which would be your top 3 ethical principles to keep?
  6. Which ethical issues are missing?
  7. Who do you think should sign up to the ethical principles?
  8. What would make is easy to apply the ethical principles in your work?
  9. What feedback would you like to give to CILIP on the ethical principles?

The chat will be led by Ruth Carlyle. Ruth is Policy Officer for the Health Libraries Group, and joined Health Education England in April 2017 as Head of Library & Knowledge Services and Technology Enhanced Learning, HEE Midlands and East.  She completed her information science training in the pharmaceutical industry and then moved into the voluntary sector, most recently overseeing Macmillan Cancer Support’s partnership cancer information and support services.

The #ukmedlibs chat on repositories – the transcript and analytics.

Another fascinating #ukmedlibs chat was had by 28 tweeters with 214 tweets (I am sure we said more than that!) with a reach of 82.5 thousand impressions.  At the very least I was impressed with the content covered and the level of expertise out there.  I am sure that there will be a few follow up emails today as people find out details!

The analytics are available on symplur here, and the transcript is here!

The next chat will be on Tuesday 20th February and at the moment we think that we will be covering professional ethics.  If you have any ideas for future chats please do contact us either via twitter or by email (  Alternatively you can contact any one of us – Sam Burgess, Tom Roper, or Holly Case Wyatt.

Join #ukmedlibs on 16th January to discuss institutional repositories.

Following a recent HEE Leadership Course Project looking at Institutional Repositories, a toolkit was created and continues to be developed on the KfH Blog.

Have you created an institutional repository for your organisation or worked with partners to do so?  Are you interested in working in this area of Knowledge Management to support your organisation?

If so why not join us for this twitter chat in which we will explore the following questions:….

Our questions:

    1. What is your definition of a repository?
    2. What are the potential benefits to the organisation of having a repository?
    3. How would you use a repository in your organisation i.e. what materials would you include?
    4. Which options are you using or have you looked at? Dedicated solution, free solution or adapt something you already have?
    5. What are the barriers to implementing a repository ?/What would help you to implement?
    6. How would you promote it to staff in the organisation?

Join us at 8pm on Tuesday 16th January for the first #ukmedlibs chat of 2018.

Last night’s quiz

The transcript and analytics of last night’s quiz are now available. Congratulations to our worthy winner, @StephGrey84. A £20 voucher kindly donated by Wolters Kluwer is on its way to you.

If you were baffled by any of our questions, here’s the answers, in italics:

  1. Name the three people responsible for #ukmedlibs: Holly Case, Sam Burgess and Tom Roper (we accepted names or Twitter handles)

  2. What’s the first line of A Christmas Carol? Marley was dead: to begin with

  3. Which #ukmedlibs chat is considered to be the biggest one so far? #amilliondecisions, September 2017

  4. What is the name of the traditional Italian Christmas cake? Panettone…or panforte

  5. What was the date of our very first #ukmedlibs chat? 19th May 2015

  6. By which date should Christmas decorations be removed? 5th or 6th January [controversial, so we accepted either answer]

  7. Who has just been appointed Vice-President of CILIP for 2018? David Stewart [An answer of the King in the North was also considered correct]

  8. Which country donates a Christmas Tree to the UK every year as token of gratitude for support during WW2? Norway

  9. Who are the leads for the STEP e-learning modules? Sarah Lewis and Tracey Pratchett

  10. According to the traditional song, how many ladies dancing were there? Nine

  11. Which website hosts the #ukmedlibs transcript and analytics? Symplur

And finally, who or what is this? [picture of an elf] Elf on the shelf!

And the answers to the Name that librarian picture round were

June Tabor [folk singer and former library assistant in the London Borough of Haringey’s libraries: no one identified her correctly]
Mao Zedong (or Mao Tse-Tung if you’re old-fashioned like me)
Angus Wilson [novelist, who worked at the British Museum Reading Room]
Georges Bataille [French librarian and writer]
Philip Larkin [though someone thought it was Eric Morecambe]
Leslie Morton [It seems the author of Garrison-Morton, and one of the architects of NHS librarianship as we now know it, is poorly remembered. Read this obituary if you wish to remedy this. I hope people who apply for the bursary set up in his memory ensure they know who he was]
Jorge Luis Borges
S.R. Ranganathan

A merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone who’s taken part in our chats in 2017. In the new year we have chats on institutional repositories (16th January) and professional ethics (20th February). If you have ideas for chats, do get in touch. We can help facilitate a chat.





#ukmedlibs Christmas quiz 2017

The first ever #ukmedlibs Christmas quiz is now live, with Holly Case at the controls. You can enter in three ways:

  1. Preferred method, as it makes marking easy: see the questions and submit your answers via the Google form. You’ll need to enter an e-mail address, which we promise we will not share with anyone.
  2. Watch the @ukmedlibs Twitter account. We’ll tweet the questions one by one, and you can reply with a direct message to us – don’t tweet answers to all and sundry, please. It doesn’t matter if we don’t follow you – we’ve set our account to receive DMs from anyone.
  3. E-mail your answers to


  1. No Googling. How will we know you haven’t? We won’t, but we hope your professional integrity will stop you
  2. Holly’s decision on everything is final
  3. If there’s a tie, we have a tie break question. The first person to submit a correct answer will win,

We’ll do our best to announce the winner at 9, or as soon as we can afterwards.

We’re very grateful to Wolters Kluwer, who have donated a £20 Amazon voucher to be awarded to the winner. If you win, we’ll ask for a postal address to which to send it.

Happy quizzing. from Holly, Sam and Tom

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.

Website for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chats