Open Access Week

Happy Open Access week everybody. We’re delighted to be able to share with you the not insubstantial work that has taken place since we marked this event last year.

Open Access Roundtable – partners from across the health sector come together

HEE, in partnership with NIHR, hosted a very successful Open Access Roundtable on 1st October with senior stakeholders across the whole health and social care system, such as NICE, PHE, and the Local Government Association (LGA), as well as research organisations including the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Health Research Authority (HRA).

Initially intended to be a face to face event in London, we were delighted to still welcome 29 representatives for a rich discussion with much expertise in the virtual room. It’s clear that by working together we have a stronger negotiating position with publishers for the benefit of the NHS.

Independent consultants, Information Power Ltd, helped us to plan and deliver this roundtable, gathering key quantitative and qualitative information on current publication and journal procurement practices in the NHS to share with participants to inform the discussion. This included information gleaned from two focus groups with health librarians to understand your roles and views in relation open access in addition to interviews with researchers.

Open Access is a hugely complex area, but the roundtable clearly generated energy and a commitment to tackle this together; beginning with a shared strategy, and in considering an open sharing platform.

We will share the full report in due course.

The Open Access Community of Practice

Our Open Access CoP continues to grow strong with 50 members from across the health library community in the NHS, in addition to PHE and the Kings Fund.

You don’t need to a Repository Pro to join, anyone with an interest in this area is welcome to join and participate at whatever level of engagement suits them.

Our Repositories Working group also launched this year, with thanks to Cate Newell, Library & Knowledge Services Manager at Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, for chairing this. The group is currently looking to re-run the Repositories survey so that we can update our toolkit.

NHS Shared Repository Pilot with the British Library

We are currently discussing an exciting project with the British Library, to pilot a shared NHS repository. To be funded by HEE, we hope to invite 5 organisations to participate in this initiative. Watch this space for more information!

For more information, please contact Helene Gorring, Library & Knowledge Development Manager, London, Kent, Surrey & Sussex.

CILIP Technology Review

CILIP has announced a new project to prepare the library, information and knowledge workforce for the opportunities afforded by new technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics and Process Automation. These are the technologies which are collectively shaping the ‘4th Industrial Revolution’.

The aim is to undertake a landmark piece of research and deliver recommendations that will facilitate the transformation of the library and information profession into a ‘future-ready’ workforce over the next 5 years through CILIP’s Workforce Strategy.

CILIP would like answers to the following question: How are machine learning, AI, robotics and process automation likely to change the roles and functions of the library, information and knowledge workforce across sectors over the next decade? Our aim is to create a report that may help answer questions like these with recommendations and issues to consider to help guide CILIP and the information and knowledge workforce.

CILIP are seeking case studies to inform their research. It would be great for the Health LIS sector to be involved and represented in this endeavour.

Are you, or any services you know of, currently using or working towards implementing any ‘new; and emerging technologies – such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Robotics and Process Automation – then please share your case study using the form linked below:

https://fs3.formsite.com/cilip/jj46obwtwy/index.html?1598524618359

The final report will be overseen by an Editorial Group, chaired by CILIP CEO Nick Poole, and will be published in the Spring of 2021. The overall project is being Chaired by Sue Lacey Bryant, National Lead for NHS Knowledge and Library Services at Health Education England (HEE).

Health literacy, underpinned by digital literacy, for the 21st Century

Informed, empowered and healthy digital citizens:

Health literacy, underpinned by digital literacy, for the 21st Century

 What is our aim?

Health Education England (HEE) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) are working together to support citizens to develop the skills that they will need to access, assess and use health information in an increasingly digital environment.

Health literacy: the issue to be addressed

Health literacy is the ability to access, critically review and use health information to make informed decisions.

With increasingly digital-first health services, citizens need health literacy skills underpinned by digital literacy.

The levels of health literacy in England are very low. Research by Rowlands et al (2015) shows that 43% adults aged 16-65 do not understand words-based health information sufficiently well to act on it; when numbers are added, 61% adults aged 16-65 do not understand.

How will we be working together?

We are inviting key partner organisations to join us to establish a ‘sustainable, common information environment through which skilled librarians and information providers support and empower digitally and health literate citizens’.

HEE is committed to a five-year initiative through which ‘health librarians will partner with a variety of information providers, supporting digital and health literacy’. We look forward to working with partners, each able to bring their expertise to the partnership and, for example, to share experience, learning and other resources.

As a first step, we brought organisations together for a virtual round table on 20th August. The round table demonstrated an appetite to develop a joint programme of work, with collaboration where appropriate also on parallel activities.

What will be the focus of the partnership?

Information workers across sectors are ideally placed to develop the health literacy skills and underpinning digital literacy skills of citizens. Many NHS library and knowledge staff are already working locally with information workers in their local communities, such as public library staff and community pharmacists, to provide training on health literacy techniques. We will expand the sharing of tools, such as the Health Literacy e-learning and geodata on variation in local health literacy levels. Local partnerships will embed skills for citizens.

If you have ideas for initiatives or are interested in partnership, please contact knowledgeforhealthcare.england@hee.nhs.uk

Ruth Carlyle @RuthCarlyle