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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

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?

Updated guidance from your NHS Copyright First Responders!

With the arrival of the new CLA Licence Plus for the NHS in England in April, and new recruits to the Copyright First Responders’ Group, we’ve taken the opportunity to review and refresh the guidance we provide for healthcare library staff at http://www.libraryservices.nhs.uk/forlibrarystaff/information/nhs_copyright.html.

The actual changes to the Licence are small – hospice staff are now covered, we may now place bulletins containing journal article/database abstracts on our websites, and we have a new supplier of Copyright Fee Paid articles (Reprints Desk) alongside the existing ones (BL and the RSM Library). But we’ve been through all the guidance with fresh eyes, to see where we might make things clearer or present information differently.

The updated resources include:

We have also made a slight modification to the good practice guidelines for current awareness services, in the section on IPR and copyright.

If you haven’t looked at these resources for a while, do consider finding time to do so. And if you have a copyright query, you know where we are! nhscopyrightqueries@libraryservices.nhs.uk

Helen Bingham
Head of Knowledge Services and Technology Enhanced Learning (South)