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Taking a Forward View

“Knowledge specialists can play a pivotal role in mobilising knowledge and evidence effectively” so states the article Forward view: advancing health library and knowledge services in England in the March 2018 edition of the Health Information and Libraries Journal.  As part of a series of articles exploring international perspectives and initiatives, new directions for health library and knowledge services in England are considered.

Sue Lacey Bryant and colleagues explore how we will meet user expectations and examine access to digital content and services.  The ongoing need for information skills training and provision of attractive learning spaces for collaboration and knowledge sharing is acknowledged.  Steps already being taken to empower patients and the public are described including collaboration with the voluntary sector and public libraries to facilitate access to high-quality patient information.   As traditional tasks around evaluating and targeting evidence to update colleagues becomes increasingly mechanised so time is released for knowledge specialists to take on more embedded roles encouraging knowledge and learning to be shared more effectively.  Funding and quality are discussed and the shift in focus from counting to demonstrating the impact of services on organisational objectives and patient outcomes is explained.  An exploration of the work taking place to develop the workforce who will deliver the transformed library and knowledge services of the future is included.

In conclusion it is predicted that there is “a bright future in which librarians’ expertise is used to mobilise evidence, manage and share knowledge, support patients, carers and families, optimise technology and social media and provide a keystone for improved patient care and safety”.

To find out more read the full article. (CILIP HLG Members can access the journal as part of their membership entitlement)

Lacey Bryant, S. et al. 2018. Forward view: advancing health library and knowledge services in England.  Health Information and Libraries Journal, Volume 35, Issue 1, p. 70–77

Information and library leaders explore future workforce development

Responding to feedback from the profession, CILIP identified a cross-sector interest in identifying the future development needs of the workforce and how best to meet those needs. Working in partnership with City, University of London, CILIP designed and hosted a free employer engagement event, sponsored by Demco Interiors to address this theme on 2nd November 2016. Luke Stevens-Burt, Head of Member Services said “CILIP is well placed to bring together leaders from across the profession. This event gave sector leaders time and space to explore the professional issues and workforce developments they will all face in the near future. The opportunity to work together is important in securing a stronger workforce in the future.”

The event kicked off with a CILIP presentation summarising important workforce studies followed by a panel discussion with senior representatives from across the professional sectors.

The attendees fedback that they valued “talking to colleagues across sectors” and “hearing the different views and ideas from speakers”. The event continued with lively workshop activities identifying the vital skills employers need developed for the future workforce. It also reinforced the range of skills in the profession, demonstrating how demanding and varied information careers are. Some recurring themes were; data management and analytics, business skills, resilience, change management, communication, political skills, teaching and marketing.

Employers want well-rounded professionals, grounded in solid theory but with real life experience. Discussion centred on the scope of the academic role in providing this. It was suggested academic courses provide a solid foundation and are well placed to continue to deliver or develop content around data management, evidence based research, business skills, communication and legislation. There was strong recognition of the role of continuing professional development (CPD) in helping professionals to acquire the necessary skills and experience. Employers valued the role of CPD opportunities such as shadowing, mentoring and secondments to help individuals gain confidence, communication and networking skills as well as giving practical experience of project and budget management. The event demonstrated employers value the scope CILIP’s Professional Registration to deliver many of the attributes employers need. With its emphasis on CPD and reflection it is seen as a way to develop well-rounded, reflective practitioners and future leaders. There was support for building a vocational route, ideally using existing frameworks to give a blended learning approach, combining study and work place experience.

CILIP CEO Nick Poole commented “The event was a huge success. It brought together a diverse audience of leaders and managers from libraries and the wider knowledge and information management sector. It was a great opportunity to discuss the changing job market, the future demand for information skills and how we work with learning providers to attract, retain and develop talent in the sector. CILIP will use these outcomes to inform our current work on the Public Library Skills Strategy and our wider work on a UK-wide Information Skills Strategy.” The organisers are keen for the information sharing and dialogue started at the event to continue and plans are developing for a repeat health sector-specific event and a mapping document of current LIS course content.

Priority access to employer engagement events is just one of the benefits of CILIP’s Organisation Membership. For more information contact CILIP Development Officer (Employers) Jo Cornish jo.cornish@cilip.org.uk or 020 7255 0549. For more information on Professional Registration contact memberservices@cilip.org.uk