Transcript and analytics for the information literacy chat

Thanks to everyone who participated in the April chat, on information literacy. The transcript and analytics are now available, with thanks to Symplur.

Next month, at 8 pm on Tuesday 16 May, Tracey Pratchett and Victoria Treadway will lead a chat on the Making Alignment a Priority (MAP) toolkit. More soon, in the meantime you can follow the MAP Toolkit on Twitter.

Tonight’s chat: information literacy and health libraries

It’s the week after the LILAC conference, so tonight we go online to talk about information literacy in health libraries. To stimulate thought, have a look at the LILAC 2017 archive – in particular two papers by Pip Divall, Critical reading made easy and Writing for publication: using training and blogs to promote publishing in a hospital trust (there was also one by Emily Hurt,Facilitating research amongst radiographers through information literacy workshops, but it’s not yet available on the LILAC site) and, of course, SCONUL’s Seven Pillars of Information Skills.

Questions for tonight:

Q1. Information literacy has been described as a key compenent of evidence-based practice. Do we agree?

Q2. Can we make any assumptions about the information literacy levels of health professionals? Do newly qualified doctors, nurses and other professions come to us with adequate information literacy levels?

Q3. New opportunities for teaching information literacy: have you developed new courses to meet new needs, for example in using social media, or teaching reflective writing?

Q4. Were you at LILAC, or following from afar on Twitter? What were your impressions?

Q5. Patients and the public: do health librarians have a role in teaching information literacy to patients and the public?

Q6. Have you been involved in wider literacy activities, for example Books on Prescription or the Six Book Challenge?

So join us online at 8pm tonight, Tuesday 18 April. Please remember to use the #ukmedlibs hashtag when tweeting.

Transcript/Analytics from 21st March

The #ukmedlibs chat on ‘difficult people’ was an interesting one, I have a feeling that we were only just getting warmed up when the time came to say goodbye.

Clearly there is some need to identify what a ‘difficult person’ or ‘difficult people’ might be.  But we were also reminded that, generally speaking, people do not deliberately set out to be difficult and may perhaps be having a bad day themselves.

If you’d like to find out more about was covered, the transcript is available here, along with the statistical analysis.

Do you have a topic that you’d like to discuss with your fellow librarians/information providers/knowledge specialists – what’s in a title!? Come and tell us what you’d like to talk about.

Dealing with difficult people.

#UKMedlibs chat on Tuesday 21st March at 8pm.

Building on the more general themes of previous #ukmedlibs chats of work resolutions and productivity, we now take a look at the theme of difficult people.

There is no doubt that we find difficult people in all walks of life, whether at home, at school, while shopping, or at work.  When it comes to meeting them at work, they could be library users, colleagues (in the library and outside), managers, or vendors.  So we’d like you to consider the following questions:

NB: speak in general terms please, no names mentioned please as twitter is a public forum

  1. Have you come across difficult people at work? How does it affect the workplace?
  2. Can you give an example of a situation with a difficult person and how you handled it?
  3. How can you support your colleagues if the difficult person is a team member?
  4. Do you have any tips for dealing with that difficult person in a training session?
  5. How do you deal with difficult library users?
  6. What advice would you offer someone dealing with a difficult person for the first time?
  7. Is this something that training should be offered in?

Just one word of caution…if you don’t come across difficult people….perhaps you ARE the difficult person (tongue firmly in cheek!)

Pen, paper, music, biscuits and coffee: transcript, analytics and resources from last night’s productivity chat

The transcript and analytics of last night’s chat about productivity techniques are now available.

As there were a number of techniques, apps and resources mentioned, we’ve extracted them from the transcript and list them below, in the order they were mentioned:

Also mentioned: pen, paper, music, biscuits and coffee

What are you using? – Productivity apps and tools for time management

#ukmedlibs chat February 21st February 2017 8pm

Last month we talked about our New Year’s resolutions and the resounding response seemed to be linked to increased productivity. Which led to the question, how? With added roles, tasks and projects how do you keep on top of it all? Let your colleagues in to your secrets…

  1. What is your one top tip to being productive?
  2. Are you using any tools to keep on top of it all or to support productivity?
  3. Any apps you want to recommend?
  4. Procrastination, the scourge of productivity. How do you stave it off?
  5. Do you feel you manage your time efficiently?
  6. What are your top time management tips?

Join us at 8pm on Twitter on Tuesday 21st February using the hashtag #ukmedlibs

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

Website for the #ukmedlibs Twitter chats