Annual Festive #UKMedlibs chat

The annual tradition is nearly upon us, no, not Christmas, Winterval, Hannukah, Solstice, or whatever you choose to call it, but the festive edition of #UKMedlibs.

Join us for the second year running (ok, so it’s a young tradition!) at 8pm on Tuesday 20th December as we explore the more amusing and unusual articles out there.

If you need inspiration, you need look no further than the Christmas editions of the BMJ or even at last year’s #UKMedlibs blog post or the transcript of the chat we had last year.

There are no questions for the chat, just come along with the strangest article you  have ever found, whether it made your laugh or raise your eyebrows!

Grab a mulled wine and a mince pie and join us for a chat – you never know, you might just find the perfect article to use for your critical appraisal teaching!

Notes from November’s summarising and synthesising chat

Thanks everyone who participated in last night’s chat on summarising and synthesising evidence, and particularly to Alison Mclaren (@patcherillo on Twitter) for leading.

The transcript and analytics are now up, thanks to Symplur.

Some other resources mentioned in the course of the chat were:

Summarising and Synthesising Evidence #ukmedlibs chat – Tuesday 15th November 2016 8pm.

Join us on Tuesday 15th November for our next #ukmedlibs chat, this month on Summarising and Synthesising Evidence

Are you or your service regularly providing summarised evidence reviews for your users? Are you considering adding them to your service offer for certain user groups? We know that commissioners and public health staff highly value these evidence summaries to support their work, saving them time and providing them with high quality evidence.

  1. Are you providing evidence summaries?
  2. Which service users are requesting evidence summaries? Are you advertising this service or providing it as requested?
  3. Should there be a cost implementation for this service?
  4. What are the benefits to your service of offering evidence summaries?
  5. What are the difficulties or barriers in the provision of evidence summaries?
  6. Do you feel that you would benefit from further training on evidence summaries? What would you want that to cover?

Alison Mclaren from Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust joins us to share her experience of providing complex reviews for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Health Science Network. Want to add to our questions? Tweet us @ukmedlibs

Transcript and analytics for the library quality assurance chat.

As ever – thank you to our participants (all 36 of you) of last night’s #ukmedlibs chat, the chat was most stimulating – I  know that a few of you were first time participants and had trouble keeping up with the speed of conversation – well done for  hanging in there!

You can now peruse the conversation at your leisure by going through the symplur transcript or investigating the analytics to see  who tweeted the most, or who had the greatest reach.  Of course, the #ukmedlibs hashtag itself is still available on twitter if you would rather take a look back at the chat that way.

Our next chat, on Tuesday 15th November, will cover ‘summarising and synthesising evidence” with Alison McLaren from Surrey and Sussex facilitating the chat for us.  The questions for the session will appear on the blog before then.

Assessing the quality of our library services.

The next #UKmedlibs chat is on Tuesday 18th October at our usual time of 8pm where we will be focusing on the LQAF and library quality standards.  This is a particularly UK-centric discussion topic, so I apologise to those that don’t know what LQAF stands for – it stands for Library Quality Assurance Framework, and is an annual process whereby NHS (and some academic) library staff self-assess their libraries against an agreed set of criteria. However, if you run your own quality assessments in your libraries we would love to hear from you too as we’d like to know what we could do better so do join in and tell us how you support quality assurance processes in your library.

In any case I am sure we could hear the multitude of sighs of relief from around the country towards the end of the summer as the last t was crossed, and the last I dotted on this year’s annual LQAF return. I even admit to completing two (!) this year – one at my old job before I left and one at my new job just after I started, now that’s persistence (or foolishness) for you!

The quality of our healthcare libraries remains an important topic and so another K4H Task and Finish group has popped up as we attempt to redefine quality standards  and develop a new evaluation framework for NHS funded libraries (particularly as so many other things are changing as a result of Knowledge for Health).

So, the questions for this topic are:

1)    What do you think quality assurance is – how do you define quality?

2)    How does your LQAF or quality assurance process get completed? – by the library manager, another individual, or the whole team – why?

3)    Do you find the LQAF a useful tool for measuring library quality?

4)    What impact does your quality assurance process have on your library services?

5)    Has measuring quality helped improve on your library services? – e.g. cost effectiveness, working with other LKS

6)    Has the LQAF motivated you to widen your service offer?

7)    Does having a quality assurance process encourage you to reach new clients?

8)    Has the LQAF provided impetus to embed your library services deeper in organisation?

9)    An evaluation/quality framework would be even better if……

Do come along – we want to reflect on the current process but are also very keen to explore how other healthcare libraries determine that they run a quality service so please don’t assume that you can’t contribute if you don’t use the LQAF because I am sure that we have much to learn from you.

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.

Transcript and analytics for our #hlg2016 chat

Thanks to everyone (36 of you) who took part in our postcard from Scarborough chat last night. The transcript and analytics are now available from Symplur.

Next month’s chat takes place at 8pm on Tuesday 18 October, and will be led by Sam Burgess on the theme value and impact, particularly LQAF, the Library Quality Assurance Framework used by NHS libraries in England.

. Questions will be posted here before the chat.

Website for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chats