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.

The DNA #ukmedlibs transcript and analytics.

Thank you to all those that took part in last night’s #ukmedlibs chat, and also to those that have picked up the conversation this morning and are still talking about it!  It is clear that our Development Needs Analysis report is important to us as our career development matters to us.

If you have yet to see the report yourself, you can find it on the KfH website.
By the way – it is worth signing up for alerts to the KfH website – that way you’ll know what the hot topics are!

The transcript of the chat is available here – click!

The analytics of the chat are available here –  click!

Our next chat will be our Christmas one on the 19th December – the content is yet to be decided so if you have any ideas, please do contact us via @ukmedlibs or by email at

November chat: the training and development needs of healthcare information professionals in England: Tuesday 21st November

November’s chat takes place at 8 pm on Tuesday 21st November. Earlier this year, Health Education England undertook their bi-annual Development Needs Analysis, looking at the training and development needs of healthcare information professionals in England.

The development team behind the survey are leading the latest #ukmedlibs chat and would like to find out your thoughts about many different aspects of the development needs analysis. 

  1. Have you seen the Development Needs Analysis Report?
  2. Do you think all development areas were covered in the survey?
  3. Have you used the results from the DNA in any way?
  4. Do you think the DNA has made an impact/could make an impact in your region?
  5. Where does the DNA sit within the wider profession/ can it inform other sectors?
  6. Do you have any ideas for increasing number of people completing the survey?  
  7. What do you consider to be the most positive outcomes of the Development Needs Analysis?
  8. Have the DNA results allowed you to plan/attend events which are specific to your locality/region?

Find the Development Needs Analysis on the Knowledge for Healthcare website.  

Guerilla open access: October chat, 8 pm Tuesday 17 October

Inspired by recent exchanges on lis-medical, lis-profession and Medlib-L on the subject of the hashtag #icanhazpdf, used by people asking for copies of papers from scholarly journals, the October chat will discuss the phenomenon variously known as guerilla open access, scholarly piracy or biblioleaks. This is timely: Open Access Week occurs later in the month.

Sharing sites such as SciHub claim to hold over 64.5 million journal articles, freed from paywalls, but publishers take a dim view of their activities and Elsevier and the Amercian Chemical Society (ACS) are suing SciHub.

Questions for discussion:

    1. Are library users in your organisation using these tools and sites?
    2. What implications do these tools have for us?
    3. And what implications do they have for our relationships with publishers?
    4. What’s the relationship between our campaigns for open access and tools such as these?
    5. What advice would you give to a library user who asks you if they should use one of these sites?


If you’d like some background reading, try these:

Hoy MB. Sci-Hub: What Librarians Should Know and Do about Article Piracy. Med Ref Serv Q. 2017;36(1):73-8.

Greshake B Looking into Pandora’s Box: The Content of Sci-Hub and its Usage. F1000 Research. 2017;6:541. Available at

Swab M, Romme K Scholarly Sharing via Twitter: #icanhazpdf Requests for Health Sciences Literature. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association / Journal de l’Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada. 2016;37:9-11. Available at

Bohannon J. Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone. Science. 2016;352(6285):508-12. Available at

Gardner CC, Gardner G. Bypassing Interlibrary Loan Via Twitter: An Exploration of #icanhazpdf Requests. ACRL 2015 ; March 25-28, 2015; Portland, Oregon 2015. Available at

Transcript and analytics for the September #AMillionDecisions chat

Thanks to everyone who participated in the #AMillionDecisions chat, and in particular to Alison Day and Sarah Hennessy for leading us, and to Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP for his participation. The transcript and analytics are now available, thanks to Symplur, if you weren’t able to take part, or want to refresh your memory.

We think it was the biggest #ukmedlibs chat so far, with 47 participants, and over a million tweet impressions.

In October we’ll be talking about the phenomena variously known as guerilla open access, black open access or shadow libraries: for example, #icanhazpdf, Library Genesis or, most (in)famously, Sci-Hub.

Questions and resources will be posted here before the chat.

September chat: #AMillionDecisions

Every day across the healthcare sector in England more than a million decisions are made that have a profound and lasting impact on people’s lives and which influence the quality of healthcare and the cost of services.


CILIP and Health Education England (HEE) are campaigning for decisions in the healthcare sector to be fully evidence-based, calling on government and health service providers to employ and make use of the skills of librarians and knowledge specialists in meeting their obligations under The Health and Social Care Act 2012.

You can see how people have been getting involved so far by searching the #AMillionDecisions hashtag on Twitter.

On Tuesday 19th September at 8pm, we go online to talk about the campaign, how you are getting involved and what can be done to support you to promote it.

We’ll structure the chat around the following questions:

  1. How are you engaging with the #AMillionDecisions campaign?
  2. What examples of impact are you using to promote the campaign?
  3. Are you connecting with and promoting The Health and Social Care Act 2012, if so, how?
  4. What is the value of connecting into your professional body around advocacy and this campaign?
  5. What support is needed to drive the value of this campaign strategically in your Trust?
  6. How might the #AMillionDecisions campaign be useful to you?
  7. Where do we take this from here?


Website for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chats