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Knowvember: honing your skills

Now we’re at the end of Knowvember I thought it would be a good moment to remind you of all the great resources we have via the Learning Zone and Knowledge Management sections of this blog to help you hone your KM skills or revisit some of the basics. There are resources to help you with searching, synthesis and critical appraisal.

If you want to support your organisation and your colleagues in mobilising evidence and knowledge then remember the NHS Knowledge Mobilisation Framework Postcards and the Knowledge Mobilisation Framework programme are designed for a general audience plus we have the Evidence and Knowledge Self-assessment Tool.

If you haven’t already done so sign up for the CILIP Knowledge & Information Management Special Interest Group (K&IM) and for our new KM community of practice which is a lively discussion group.

David Stewart
Workforce Planning and Development Workstream lead.

What do I do now if I want a library apprentice?

The answer is: you may need to wait for developments in 2017 to start planning.

The original apprenticeship framework for Libraries, Archives, Records and Information Management Services (England) ceases in October 2017. In theory you can still use that framework, however the government funding model for apprenticeships changes in April 2017 to a levy system and the new levy funds will not be available to fund the existing framework. The library apprenticeship framework is appropriate for a variety of information and service related roles, including library assistants and archivists. It is aimed at level three and so includes some entry level management and co-ordination skills. The reality is that very few colleges or centres offer it. You will need to liaise with your learning and development department and local providers.

Apprenticeship frameworks are being replaced by apprenticeship standards, which are designed by employers. Detailed information about the new apprenticeship standards is available from https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships or a summary can be found here http://www.cityandguilds.com/apprenticeships

Starting in March 2017 CILIP, the association for library and information professionals, will facilitate the development of new apprenticeship standards by employers of library and knowledge management staff in many sectors. The Knowledge for Healthcare workforce planning and development workstream is involved, and will identify the library skills required for the NHS, and what needs to be included in the standards from our perspective.

All the above links (and more) are available on the Learning Zone under Apprenticeships and will be kept updated as developments progress.

Jenny Turner
ESHT Library Services Manager and Conquest Education Centre Manager
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
jenny.turner2@nhs.net

Inductions: death by Powerpoint or jumpstart into a new working life?

Staff induction: we’ve all been there…endless slide presentations, hours of information you’ll never remember (much less use), weak coffee in a Styrofoam cup and half a biscuit, if you’re lucky!  Does it really have to be this way?

Of course not!

Whether you are looking for inspiration to bring life into your own inductions for library users or struggling to work out what to include in your own library staff inductions then do have a look at two brand new sections on the Learning Zone.

Under Generic Skills – Marketing and Promotion we have a new section called Tips for Library Inductions which has been produced by the West Midlands Trainers Group and works as a “pick and mix” of ideas for more engaging library inductions for users.  Case studies, tips and checklists to ensure your users will never drop off to sleep again!

And over in Career Pathway and Vocational Skills we have created a new topic area called Inductions for LKS Staff which covers some of the basics to consider when putting together an induction programme for your shiny new library staff member.

And if you have an induction resource you would like to share, then please let us know by submitting it to the Learning Zone using our online feedback form or via Twitter @KfHLearningZone

Sian Aynsley: Learning Zone Chair
sianaynsley@nhs.net