The first ever #ukmedlibs Christmas quiz is now live, with Holly Case at the controls. You can enter in three ways:
- 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.
- 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.
- E-mail your answers to email@example.com
- No Googling. How will we know you haven’t? We won’t, but we hope your professional integrity will stop you
- Holly’s decision on everything is final
- 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
Was one of your resolutions for 2016 to brush up on your critical appraisal skills? The first #ukmedlibs Twitter chat of the year can help.
We’ll be running a critical appraisal session, led by John Blenkinsopp (@blenky64). John teaches the highly successful BMA critical appraisal courses, so we’re very pleased he’s offered to lead this. The chat will take place at 8pm on Tuesday 19 January. We will post more information, inlcuding the article to be appraised, in due course.
If you’re interested in Twitter as a vehicle for critical appraisal, you may also be interested in the #WeCATS chats. They’ve run two so far, and Tom, one of the #ukmedlibs team, helped facilitate one. ‘It was a little strange’, he said afterwards, ‘when you’re used to doing critical appraisal face to face, but I think it worked.’
The transcript of last night’s chat on public library-health library partnership is up at
Thanks to everyone who contributed, and to Holly Case for leading the discussion. if there’s a topic you’d like discussed at a future format, get in touch, by e-mail or on Twitter. And if you’d like to lead a session, get in touch. It’s an experience, as those who have already led one will tell you.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Twitter journal club on Tuesday. If you missed it, or you want to relive some of the more exciting moments, Symplur host a transcript, as they do for every chat, with added analytics.
Our next chat will be at 8 pm on Tuesday 18 August, when Holly Case will lead a discussion on public library and NHS library partnerships. Holly is very well qualified for this, as she moved into health libraries recently, after working for Surrey County Council’s library service. It’s topical too, as Health Education England’s Knowledge for Healthcare: A Development Framework stresses the importance of partnerships to support public and patient information, while CILIP’s Public and Mobile Libraries Group is to hold its annual conference in October on a health and wellbeing theme.
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.
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 http://www.twitter.com
- 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 https://hee.nhs.uk/work-programmes/library-and-knowledge-services/ 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: http://www.symplur.com/healthcare-hashtags/ukmedlibs/
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.