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Gift 12: Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night – Collaboration #Knowledgeforelfcare

What is it?

The Collaboration page is the home of a toolkit to help services engaged in mergers, alliances, amalgamations, and other close working practices. Health library and knowledge services have a strong track-record of sharing expertise and working across boundaries. Resource sharing and collaboration is in our DNA. How do we take this a step further? The toolkit is not a definitive guide how (or how not!) to combine services but rather highlights some common issues which you might encounter. It includes; an ABC guide, a template for library merger and collaboration case studies, two lots of case studies, a reading list and evidence search results.

What should you use it for?

The toolkit is designed to help guide library and knowledge service staff through the process of any type of joining or merger. The resource aims to develop and support service redesign – perhaps the best way is to learn from the practical experience of peers whose experiences (good and not so good) provide pragmatic advice. If you’re about to go through service change, are in the middle of a merger or on the other side and want to share your experiences this toolkit is a great place to start.

Links and useful resources

KfH Workstream

Workforce Planning and Development Group

Knowledge for Elfcare Slide deck

Download and view the presentation, click once to reveal the gift and again to find out more

Gift 11: Your one-stop-shop – the For Employers page #Knowledgeforelfcare

What is it?

The ‘For Employers’ page contains a range of resources available to assist employers in managing and developing their library and knowledge services staff. You can download ‘Guidance for Senior Managers’, the ‘Evidence and Knowledge Self-Assessment Tool’ (you heard more about this in Gift 1), ‘Resources for Role Design’ (featured as Gift 10), briefings for Academic Health Science Network Leads and the National Association of Primary Care. It’s also your first point of contact for key documents such as the Knowledge for Healthcare Framework, PKSB for Health and the #AMillionDecisions campaign.

What should you use it for?

If you’re an employer, you should use this page as your first point-of-call for workforce and staffing questions. If you want to read the policy for NHS funded library services in England or get some top tips on managing a library team – this is the place to go. The most useful links are grouped on this page. You might also want to familiarise yourself with narratives illustrating the impact of healthcare library and knowledge services (they’re great for social media and useful vignettes to have at hand when asked to show value and impact).

Links and useful resources

KfH Workstream

Workforce Planning and Development Group

Knowledge for Elfcare Slide deck

Download and view the presentation, click once to reveal the gift and again to find out more

Gift 10: Rockin’ and rollin’ – Resources for role design #Knowledgeforeflcare

What is it?

A suite of resources from the Learning Zone (see Gift 2) to give a flavour of the knowledge and skills required for the wide-range of existing and emerging roles in health library and knowledge services. The list includes everything from Clinical Librarian to Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) manager. There are postcard examples of people working in the jobs explaining in their own words what the key aspects of their jobs are and the impact.

What should you use it for?

These resources can be used to:

  • Support career development (assist individuals with their personal career development by understanding more about the knowledge and skills required for different roles)
  • Support managers (help managers develop a workforce with the correct skillmix including information to help assess staffing needs, write job descriptions and tips on recruitment)
  • Find out more about portfolio careers

Links and useful resources

KfH Workstream

Workforce Planning and Development Group

Knowledge for Elfcare Slide deck

Download and view the presentation, click once to reveal the gift and again to find out more