Category Archives: Resource Discovery

Knock, Knock …. Or possibly Open Sesame ?

November 16, 2015, Knowledge for Healthcare Authentication Task and Finish Group, Stewart House, London.

On a beautiful November day a group of people from NICE, HEE, the NHS and JISC met in Stewart House across the road from the little park in Russell Square (the park has a really lovely café run by an Italian family and you can sit out and watch the squirrels in the middle of London!).

We came together to talk about how to make it as easy as possible for NHS staff to get into all the articles and databases and books and the as yet undreamt of apps and resources of the future.  These tools of Evidence Based Practice have been paid for ultimately by the state.  However, it comes as no surprise to those involved in provision, that ensuring ease of access to the goods can be difficult !

  • How can we mandate IT managers in every NHS Trust to use the same, up to date browsers, firewall white lists and allowable electronic resources?
  • How do we ensure we can all use a super-fast, wide open bandwidth to do the same?
  • How do we standardise, streamline and make transparent all routes to all paid for resources?

The answer is – we can’t!   However, in the absence of the equivalent of a lottery win, what we can do is create a group that reflects on and draws upon best practice across the NHS in England, integrating suppliers and technology strands to create the best rope bridges to allow our readers to cross over to the promised treasure chest of gold standard evidence that is theirs for the asking.   And so we begin … “ Knock, Knock … may we come in?”

We are  –  Sarah Massey (NHS/Chair), Linda Mace-Michalik (NHS), Hannah Prince (NHS),  Helga Perry (NHS), Richard Osborn (HEE), Moira Godbert Laird (NICE), Michael Heath (NICE) and Josh Howlett (JISC).

We have set ourselves the following tasks  –  draw up Terms of reference; identify stakeholders and communications; scope current methods of access; understand the current NHS network spine;  pilot improved access routes; create a risk log; assist in AIMS reprocurement and developments of the openathens registration form

Keys to the Kingdom …

Have you ever struggled back to your car, through muddy puddles, having done the weekend shop, possibly with complaining offspring in tow, on a dark, miserably rainy evening at the end of a long week?

You need to shop, you have other things you would rather do, other places to be, none-the- less you have made the effort and feel pleased with your endeavours ….

… only … you can’t find the car keys!  The children are bickering, the frozen food is melting and maybe all that effort was for nothing?

OR, if you are an NHS library manager  –

You have purchased expensive e-resources, NICE have provided core content, your staff have found excellent free access sites – all so that you can offer the best and the brightest material to your readers in the NHS.  You have tried to create Wayfless links, RSS feeds and more and tied them all up with a bow on the latest web aggregator.  The web site re-sizes and is enabled to be read on book-readers, tablets, smart phones and the fridge door for all you know, all in an effort to provide your readership with a seamless route to the precious full-text so that they can study and bone up on patients and generally keep abreast of their areas of expertise.

They too, having been trained by you, have dutifully searched and clicked through multiple pages to get to the content

… only they can’t get to the final page, the place where the actual article is!!

Which is where the LKSL White List comes to your aid – in the best tradition of Green Flag, the AA and the RAC all rolled into one!

We can help you open the car door!

The LKSL White List is uploaded quarterly to the LKSL site.  It is accessible to non- library staff so you can send the link to your IT department responsible for the Trust firewalls as sites that should not be blocked. 

We are happy to consider adding URL/site addresses that are not on the list but you believe ought to be.  Please communicate with Linda Mace-Michalik (Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS FT) at   

Resource Discovery Tools for Health Libraries

Richard Osborn, London Strategic Lead for Library Services and e-Learning, outlined the resource discovery strand of work for delivering the Knowledge for Healthcare Framework (KfH) at the recent event ‘Resource Discovery Tools for Health Libraries’ on 11st September 2015.

This national event was organised by the Midlands Health Libraries E-Procurement Group in conjunction with HEE Library and Knowledge Services Leads and NICE.  Approximately 80 healthcare librarians from NHS and other sectors attended.  Several libraries shared their experience in implementing resource discovery services and suppliers showcased their latest products. There was also a lively panel discussion.

This event forms part of KfH work in exploring the existing landscape of resource discovery tools.  Further information is available at

Bertha Yuen Man LOW
Education Development Programme Manager
Health Education West Midlands