A directory to end all directories!

Well probably not quite, but the new-look Health Library and Information Service Directory (HLISD, “Health Lizard” to many) includes more features and is more comprehensive than ever. With over 650 entries, it is the definitive list of health information services in the UK and Republic of Ireland, a vital tool for staff working in those services, and a key means for users and potential users of these services to make contact.

HLISD is jointly funded by Health Education England and the CILIP Health Libraries Group. I’m the new Service Manager (taking over from Julie Ryder who looked after the directory for many years including its transition from print to online format). We have a Board who oversees the development of HLISD, and a network of regional co-ordinators. Individual services are responsible for maintaining the accuracy and currency of their entries, and each has an editor.

Is the entry for your service accurate and up to date? If you are unsure who your editor is, email me at hlisd.hlg@cilip.org.uk. If you are an editor but can’t remember how to log in, use the ‘forgot your password’ link at https://www.hlisd.org/admin/.

Do you have suggestions for improvement?

The HLISD Board welcomes suggestions for further improvement (and ideas for integration with other systems to reduce duplication of effort). Your feedback will help us ensure that HLISD continues to meet your needs. Please make contact via hlisd.hlg@cilip.org.uk.

David Law, HLISD Manager

Be inspired, take part, share: Demystifying Knowledge Management

Following four successful regional face-to-face events the #Knowvember Project Team are busy again encouraging us to find out more about, and get involved in, knowledge management activities by hosting the next #ukmedlibs Twitter Chat.

“The central role of the information professional to mobilise, share and build knowledge networks across organisations”  – A key take home message from the Exeter #Knowvember event from Steven Walker, AWP

Conversations on the 16th October 2018, 8pm using #ukmedlibs Twitter chat will cover some key questions such as what do you think knowledge management is? What activities do you associate with knowledge management? What is the the value of knowledge management to your organisation?  Find out more about the chat and see all the questions that will be posed by visiting  the #ukmedlibs page.

If you haven’t yet pledged to do something related to KM for #Knowvember this is a great opportunity to be inspired and then make your pledge and post to the Padlet Pledge Wall  ahead of the month of November.

Can’t make the live chat?  We really hope you can all join in live on the day but for those unable to do so don’t despair as the full transcript will be made available for you to read afterwards – just having a think about the questions maybe enough to get you started on your #Knowvember18 pledges.

 

Explore our Innovations during Libraries Week 2018

As we celebrate Libraries Week 8th – 13th October 2018, we take another look at the innovative work of our health Library and Knowledge Services through the lens of this year’s top ten Sally Hernando Innovation Award entries.  The winners were announced earlier in the year at Health Libraries Group Conference in Keele:

1st Place “Lean method, live update- real-time librarian support for evidence-based practice in radiotherapy clinical protocols” submitted by Carol-Ann Regan – Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Details the work of a clinical librarian introducing a new method for updating radiotherapy (RT) clinical protocols to the latest evidence in a time efficient way.

2nd Place “Evidence Bites: Patient Safety Evidence Summaries submitted by Victoria Treadway – Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Library & Knowledge Service produces evidence summaries following the weekly Trust-wide Safety Summit which are disseminated across the organisation.

 3rd Place “Understanding the Person: Insights into the Patient Experience submitted by Kaye Bagshaw – Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Explores the work of the Newcomb Library in collecting books to facilitate understanding of patients, carers, service users and caregivers by healthcare staff.

Other entries from the top ten, in no particular order, are:

Why not use this Libraries Week as an opportunity to explore these pieces of work and reflect on whether they might contain elements which may be relevant to your local work?