The future of Healthcare libraries…

…appears to be in good hands as we talked about what we’d like to see and how to get there. For instance, @Davelaw22 said that he’d like to see “a dynamic service that drives innovation, research, and high quality care. It should always be around our patients”, while @clepping1 said that we need “flexible staff as well as flexible space”, which tallied neatly with @goswamilouise when she said “LKS staff embedded in teams with staff & students able to access resources they need on any device. Flexible space, wider roles.”; and finally, @Katenewell09 had a slogan (that was admittedly pinched!) that said “space to think, knowledge to act”.

If you could not take part in the chat session, you can see a transcript on Symplur.

We are always looking for themes and topics for our chats, so do let us know if you have something that you’d like to see discussed by fellow librarians, please leave a comment below or drop us a line on


The next #UKMedLibs Twitter chat…..

is on Tuesday 16th June at 8pm and the topic will be….

‘the future of healthcare libraries’

which I think follows on quite nicely from last months rather ambitious start to the #UKMedLibs chat when we opted to discuss the Knowledge for Healthcare framework (For those of you that still haven’t clapped eyes on the framework it is here:

There are a few resources out there that will quite likely get you thinking about the future of healthcare libraries, but I’ve come across these two:

Creating the future – an editorial from the Journal of the Medical Library Association –

The evolving role and value of libraries and librarians in healthcare – from JAMA –

but…what you really want to know is what questions are we going to be asking, so without further ado here is the initial list:

  • How do you think library space will change in future?
  • Do you see the librarian’s role continuing to evolve and how?
  • Funding streams are in constant flux: how should they develop?
  • Will we truly be electronic only with no print resources?
  • What is your ideal future NHS library?
  • Is the Knowlege for Healthcare framework truly the way forward? (Possibly controversial!!)

So you have any questions that you would to suggest? (The list will be finalised on the 16th if it changes hugely.)

While you’re here, we’d like to know what topics you’d like to discuss in future chats – please leave a comment below, or tweet to @ukmedlibs, or send us an email at

if you’re still here and quite fancy volunteering to run a twitter chat or two, just let us know!

Tonight’s #ukmedlibs Twitter chat

We’re ready to go! Logon to Twitter at 8 pm tonight, Tuesday 19 May, to discuss the Health Education England Library and Knowledge Service Development Framework. Copies of the full Framework and a short briefing may be downloaded at

We’ll ask everyone to tweet a brief introduction and then we’ll structure the discussion around these questions; they’re not exclusive, so if there’s another aspect of the Framework you want to discuss, feel free to raise it.

  1. Purpose (section 2) and vision (section 3). Are these right?
  2. What do  ‘proactive customer focused knowledge services’ mean to you?
  3. Quick and easy access to knowledge: we have the technology, as they say, how do we apply it?
  4. Effective leadership, planning and development of the LKS workforce: what’s the first thing you’d redesign in your role?
  5. Optimising investment: what needs to happen to make LKS funding sustainable?
  6. Measuring success: there’s some tough targets here, to be achieved in three years. Which are the easy ones, which the hardest, and how do we achieve them?
  7. What next steps will you take in your organisation to make the transformation happen?

The discussion will finish at 9 pm.

The tweets will be archived on Symplur and a transcript will be made available shortly afterwards.

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat before, this guidance, from our friends who run the #uklibchat chat, may be useful

We have a date! Tuesday 19 May, at 8pm

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve found a new date for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chat on the HEE LKS Development Framework: Tuesday 19 May, at 8pm. More details will be posted here and from our Twitter account, @ukmedlibs, in due course.

Thereafter, the chats will take place on the third Tuesday of the month. If you have ideas for topics you’d like covered, or would like to lead a chat, do get in touch.

First ever #ukmedlibs Twitter chat: date to be announced

The first ever #ukmedlibs Twitter chat will take place at soon. The theme will be Health Education England’s Library and Knowledge Services Development Framework.

Following the lead of the well-established North American #medlibs Twitter chats, we’re starting a British one, using the hashtag #ukmedlibs. #medlibs discussions are fascinating, but take place in the early hours of the morning by our time, when clean-living librarians this side of the Atlantic are fast asleep in bed. We’ve called these chats #ukmedlibs, and the medium of discussion will be English, but we hope it will prove attractive to anyone in this part of the world.

Twitter chats offer a new way to debate professional issues. They take place at an agreed time around a set subject and use a hashtag (#) to organise the conversation and differentiate it from everything else going on on Twitter.
To take part you need to:

  • have a Twitter account. Register at
  • be online at the appointed time
  • join in, using the #ukmedlibs hashtag, so everyone can see that your tweets are part of the conversation

We’ve chosen for the theme of the first one the HEE LKS Knowledge for healthcare:
a development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England
, which may be found at  To focus the discussion, we’ll post some questions in advance  here.
Of course there’s also a Twitter account, @ukmedlibs
Thanks to Symplur, chats will be archived for those who can’t participate, or who want to revisit them later:

The evil geniuses behind #ukmedlibs are Holly Case, Outreach Librarian at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust,
Sam Burgess, Head Librarian, Academy Library and Information Service, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Tom Roper, Clinical Librarian at Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service. If anyone else would like to help with the organisation, or would be interested in guest hosting future chats, do get in touch: leave a comment below, or e-mail us.

Website for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chats