Transcript and analytics of January’s chat: new year resolutions

Thanks to everyone who participated in last night’s chat on new year resolutions. The transcript and analytics are now available.

The February chat will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 21st February and will be on productivity tools and time management: the topic came up in last night’s chat, and was popular. We have an idea for April’s chat. If anyone has suggestions for March, do contact us, either on Twitter or by e-mail to

What’s your new year’s resolution? #ukmedlibs chat – Tuesday 17th January 8pm

New Year, new you? Or new priorities for your service or career?

Let’s kick off 2017 with a chat about what we are aiming to do this year professionally. Are you trying to quit a bad work habit? Or perhaps you are trying to get yourself in to a good work habit? Maybe you need to get a piece of work you’ve been putting off done  or have a project to get off the ground? Let us know what you are planning for this year and share good ideas and advice with your colleagues.

  1. What is your work New Year’s resolution?
  2. What have you been putting off that you’re determined to get done this year?
  3. What good work habits are you putting in place this year?
  4. What old work habits are you working towards getting rid of?
  5. Do you have a project you’re starting this year?
  6. What will you do this towards your CPD (Continuing Professional Development) this year?
  7. What does 2017 look like for your service? Sum it up in three words.


Join us at 8pm on Tuesday 17th January using the hashtag #ukmedlibs

Transcript of our festive chat

The transcript of last night’s festive chat is now available on Symplur, as are the statistics.

It was great to chat with you all, we certainly caught the attention of a few people!

We look forward to chatting with you again in 2017 – do let us have your suggestions for chat topics, we are always looking for more ideas – just contact us via Twitter on @ukmedlibs, or any one of three volunteers – Tom Roper, Holly Case, or Sam Burgess.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.

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.

Website for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chats