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

2 thoughts on “A directory to end all directories!

  1. Hi Angela,
    to be honest I can’t claim credit for the directory as it has been an online version since 2006, albeit significantly updated this year. The first print directory was published back in 1957. Each entry has a local editor who is responsible for updating their library/health information service’s entry, which is supported by a regional editor structure and my role as National Service Manager. The original paper version was obviously very paper centric, but today everything is edited/added online. Libraries are encouraged to ensure their entries are up-to-date via regular reminders, and the directory is also interlinked within some management and document supply systems to reduce duplication of effort. Artefacto (https://artefacto.org.uk) have redesigned the site and currently host the directory. There is also a privacy notice on the site, which is constantly reviewed by the Board of governance for compliance. If there is anything else I can assist you with or advise, please do not hesitate to contact me (davidlaw@nhs.net) – National Service Manager (HLISD)

  2. Hi David

    Thanks for the post. Interestingly have just had a meeting of the ALIA Special Libraries Committee in Australia who are thinking of establishing a directory of specials. No mean feat. Any information about the process would be wonderful. How was the directory populated? Where does it live? What platform is it housed on? How do you deal with privacy issues? Too many questions. Congratulations on bringing this to fruition.


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