About UHMLG

UHMLG is the representative group for university health and medical librarians in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.  UHMLG conferences and forums bring together health care librarians and information professionals from the NHS, Higher Education and related sectors to discuss topics of mutual interest, and to share experiences of best practice and effective collaboration.  We also encourage interaction through our Twitter account.

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Summer Conference 2019 – Failing to Succeed #uhmlg19

If you enjoyed the Spring Forum (or any of our other events for that matter), you’ll be pleased to learn that booking for our Summer Conference is now OPEN!

As well as a great programme in fabulous Teesside, the price includes dinner, bed & breakfast, and the opportunity to network with colleagues and sponsors.

When: 12:00 Thursday 27th June – 13:00 Friday 28th June 2019

Where: Teesside University

Book now!

Failing to Succeed – How to Learn From Failure

Nobody likes to fail, but learning from our mistakes is one of the most powerful lessons. And learning from other people’s mistakes can be reassuring, rewarding and rich in benefits. The best leaders allow their team space to experiment, but this can also mean permission to fail – how can we help build resilience in ourselves and others to survive and thrive after failure?

More details on the programme soon, but the event includes a 1/2 day workshop led by Andy Priestner.

Lightning Talks

Do you have a story to tell about when you turned a potential disaster into a triumph?
Why not sign-up for a five minute lightning talk when you register as a delegate.

Food & Accommodation

There will be an arrival lunch in the Holiday Inn Express, just a five minute walk from the conference venue.
The conference dinner will be held at Bistrot Pierre on Thursday evening.
All delegates will be provided with bed & breakfast at the Holiday Inn Express on Thursday night / Friday morning. An end-of-conference lunch will also be at the Holiday Inn Express after Friday morning’s presentations.

Library Tour

A tour of Teesside University Library will be available early on Friday afternoon.

success is not a straight line

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Spring Forum 2019 – #UHMLG19 – all the slides

We were delighted to have such a great line up for our “Literacy in all its forms – digital, academic, information, health, and more” Spring Forum, in the wonderful venue of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Improving literacy has always been at the core of a librarians role, but the definition of literacy is evolving all the time, not least with the new definition of Information Literacy released by CILIP in 2018. This spring forum is about all things literacy – information, health, digital and more.

Our speakers did us proud.

Speakers and titles

  • Ruth Carlyle
    Health literacy: life support from library and knowledge specialists

ruth carlyle slide - health literacy

view the whole of Ruth’s presentation

Watch Ruth in action:

view the whole of Dawn and Graeme’s presentation

  • Lisa Jeskins
    The IL Definition: what CILIP and the Information Literacy Group did next…

view the whole of Lisa’s presentation

Watch Lisa in action:

view the whole of Helen’s presentation

Watch Helen in action:

  • Hannah Bond,  Peer Assisted Learning Administrator, University of West of England
    Peer to Peer Support: How Academic Wellbeing is supported at UWE Bristol.

view the whole of Hannah’s presentation

watch Hannah in action

view the whole of Cheryl’s presentation

Watch Cheryl in action:

 

Lightning Talks:

All the lightning talks were recorded, and the slides are available below:

    • Manfred Gschwandtner, Learning and Research Librarian, Canterbury Christ Church University
      Reviewing the role of librarians in supporting student’s digital capabilities

view the whole of Manfred’s presentation

    • Jane Shelley, Anglia Ruskin University
      Information literacy and the active curriculum

view the whole of Jane’s presentation

    • Siobhan Linsey, Outreach Librarian for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
      Health Literacy Awareness: An Early Intervention for Long-term Impact

view the whole of Siobhan’s presentation

    • Natasha Howard, Library Manager, NELFT
      Health literacy project: progress report

view the whole of Natasha’s presentation

    • Veronica Philips, Reader Support Assistant, Cambridge University Medical Library
      Teaching literacy: preliminary outcomes of a PGCERT in teaching and learning in higher education on information literacy training

view the whole of Veronica’s presentation

    • Eleanor Barker, Reader Support Assistant, Cambridge University Medical Library
      STEM showcase: information literacy speed dating

view the whole of Eleanor’s presentation

    • Ruth Jenkins, Academic Support Librarian, University of Edinburgh
      Developing information and research literacy through a Wikipedia assignment
    • José Lopez Blanco, Faculty Librarian, Bournemouth University
      Critical Thinking for health students. First experiences of teaching critical thinking skills from a librarian’s perspectives

view the whole of Jose’s presentation

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Spring Forum – Full Programme #uhmlg19

We’re delighted to announce the programme for the UHMLG Spring Forum.

When: Friday 8th March 2019, Royal Society of Medicine

Theme: Literacy in all its forms – digital, academic, information, health, and more

Improving literacy has always been at the core of a librarians role, but the definition of literacy is evolving all the time, not least with the new definition of Information Literacy released by CILIP in 2018. This spring forum is about all things literacy – information, health, digital and more.

Speakers and titles (full abstracts are listed below)

  • Ruth Carlyle
    Health literacy: life support from library and knowledge specialists
  • Dawn Grundy and Graeme Prescott
    LEAP Online: the development of a healthy relationship.
  • Lisa Jeskins
    The IL Definition: what CILIP and the Information Literacy Group did next…
  • Helen Webster
    Academic Literacy: A Contested Concept
  • Hannah Bond,  Peer Assisted Learning Administrator, University of West of England
    Peer to Peer Support: How Academic Wellbeing is supported at UWE Bristol.
  • Cheryl MorganThe Diversity Trust
    Transgender Literacy

Lightning Talks:

    • Manfred Gschwandtner, Learning and Research Librarian, Canterbury Christ Church University
      Reviewing the role of librarians in supporting student’s digital capabilities
    • Jane Shelley, Anglia Ruskin University
      Information literacy and the active curriculum
    • Siobhan Linsey, Outreach Librarian for Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
      Health Literacy Awareness: An Early Intervention for Long-term Impact
    • Natasha Howard, Library Manager, NELFT
      Health literacy project: progress report
    • Veronica Philips, Reader Support Assistant, Cambridge University Medical Library
      Teaching literacy: preliminary outcomes of a PGCERT in teaching and learning in higher education on information literacy training
    • Eleanor Barker, Reader Support Assistant, Cambridge University Medical Library
      STEM showcase: information literacy speed dating
    • Ruth Jenkins, Academic Support Librarian, University of Edinburgh
      Developing information and research literacy through a Wikipedia assignment
    • José Lopez Blanco, Faculty Librarian, Bournemouth University
      Critical Thinking for health students. First experiences of teaching critical thinking skills from a librarian’s perspectives

Abstracts

Ruth Carlyle PhD MCLIP
Head of Library & Knowledge Services and Technology Enhanced Learning, HEE Midlands and East Health Education England  

Title:  Health literacy: life support from library and knowledge specialists 

The role of libraries, particularly educational libraries, in information literacy has a long heritage.  There is a risk, however, that information literacy can be seen as an ‘extra’ that produces good assignments, rather than a life skill.  In England, 61% working age adults do not have the skills to understand the text and numbers used in health information .

By providing core skills support, library and knowledge services can make a positive difference to the skills underlying health literacy.  In this session, Ruth will introduce some of the core resources and techniques for health literacy awareness and to improve health literacy. She will also suggest some of the practical ways that these can be incorporated into the activities of library and knowledge services.

Dawn Grundy and Graeme Prescott 
Academic Librarian, Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, and eLearning developer respectively, University of Bolton

Title:  LEAP Online: the development of a healthy relationship. 

LEAP Online is an interactive skills portal designed to support students on their university journey, both academically and from a personal development perspective.

This session will focus on the effectiveness of LEAP Online to provide flexible, bite-sized information allowing students to take charge of their own learning around-the-clock including work based learning. We will reflect on the collaborative development of LEAP Online, the engagement of academics in embedding information literacy into mainstream curriculum delivery and the incorporation of badges assessments to showcase learning. Discussing how the quantitative data (during August – December 2018 over 5700 badges) demonstrates how LEAP Online is embedded and aligns itself with the University TIRI agenda.

We will explore collaborative working with Health and Nursing academics to develop bespoke modules and content such as Professionalism and Meds Management and share findings from the viewpoint of a Trainee Nursing Associate student of how LEAP Online has impacted her personally.

LEAP Online which won the Digital Literacy award at LILAC last year and it’s been particularly embedded as a resource by the Health and Nursing students and team here at the University.

Lisa Jeskins, Deputy Chair, CILIP Information Literacy Group

Title: The IL Definition: what CILIP and the Information Literacy Group did next…

The launch of the new information literacy definition in 2018, meant that ILG have had an active year. I will share our achievements so far, and discuss how we see the future of information literacy, including our plans to try to mainstream the need for information literacy to the wider public. I will look at the health literacy context of the definition and how health and medical librarians can use it to inform their own work. I’ll end by sharing some ideas about how you can get involved in our IL campaign, something that I feel is incredibly important and timely given Health Education England’s project to improve health literacy for all.

Helen Webster, head of the Writing Development Centre, University of Newcastle 

Title: Academic Literacy: A Contested Concept

Is it Academic Literacy, or Academic Literacies? What happened to study skills, anyway? Is it basically about writing good essays? Who teaches it, and why were we never taught it back in the day? With so many competing models of Information Literacy, why isn’t there even a single one for Academic Literacy? And what on earth is Learning Development? This session will explore why Academic Literacy is such a tricky concept, and the main challenges currently facing its practice in Higher Education

Hannah Bond,  Peer Assisted Learning Administrator, University of West of England

Title: Peer to Peer Support: How Academic Wellbeing is supported at UWE Bristol.

Peer Assisted Learning, or ‘PAL’ as it is known at UWE Bristol, supports academic transition, orientation and progression of students moving into the world of Higher Education. In this session, Hannah will explore how the changing remit of the Library has expanded to encompass the delivery of Peer Support with a particular focus on the philosophy of Peer Learning and how it aligns with the strategic aims of the Library’s Learning Services offer. She will also look at how the involvement of library staff in the training, assessing and quality assuring of PAL harnesses their teaching and learning expertise and in return affords them greater insight into the student journey. Finally, Hannah will highlight the techniques and methods used to ‘facilitate’ rather than ‘teach’, drawing on specific examples from PAL in Health and Social Care and discuss some of the evaluation methods used to measure the impact of Peer Support on the student experience.

Cheryl MorganThe Diversity Trust

Title: Transgender Literacy

Transgender people are still poorly understood in wider society. Cheryl Morgan of The Diversity Trust provides an introduction to the trans community and advice on how best to provide services to trans customers.

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Spring Forum – 8th March 2019

The topic, the speakers, the networking.

Attending the UHMLG Spring Forum is a great way to kick start your 2019 continuing professional development.

We have speakers talking about:

  • health literacy  – that’s Ruth Carlyle from Health Education England,
  • digital literacy – that’s Dawn Grundy and Graeme Prescott from University of Bolton,
  • gender literacy – that’s Kit Heyam
  • information literacy – that’s a representative from the Information Literacy Group

it’s all here!

And there’s the opportunity for you to contribute via our Lightning Talks.

Our venue at the Royal Society of Medicine is a great place to network with colleagues. So please join us on Friday 8th March 2019.

We’re also eager to hear from you – sign up to give a lightning talk when you register.

Book your place now!

 

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Spring Forum – bookings are open

We’re delighted that bookings are open for the Spring Forum 2019 

When: Friday 8th March 2019, Royal Society of Medicine

Theme: Literacy in all its forms – digital, academic, information, health, and more

Improving literacy has always been at the core of a librarians role, but the definition of literacy is evolving all the time, not least with the new definition of Information Literacy released by CILIP in 2018. This spring forum is about all things literacy – information, health, digital and more.

Watch this space – we’ll be announcing the great speakers we have lined up shortly.

We’re also eager to hear from you – sign up to give a lightning talk when you register.

Book your place now!

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Autumn Forum 2018

We were delighted to have such a great line up for our Stats and Stories for Impact Autumn Forum, in the wonderful venue of the London Mathematical Society.

We all gather statistics, but could we be working a little smarter and imaginatively in how we gather, analyse and present the figures?

Increasingly numbers aren’t enough, we need to demonstrate the impact our services have on the organisations and individuals we support. How can we best gather those stories, and turn them into powerful testimonies of our value?

Our speakers did us proud.

‘Telling stories that stick’: transferable techniques for capturing, articulating and using your value and impact evidence.
Kay Grieves, Service Engagement and Impact Manager, University Library Services, Sunderland.

view the whole of Kay’s presentation

Demonstrating the value and impact of literature searches conducted for Public Health England (PHE): collecting Impact Stories
Nicola Pearce-Smith, Senior Information Scientist, Public Health England (PHE) Knowledge and Library Services (KLS)

view the whole of Nicola’s presentation

Library Statistics – why do you do that thing you do?
Catherine McLaren, LKS Development Manager, Library & Knowledge Services and Technology Enhanced Learning, HEE Midlands and East.
Dawn Grundy, Subject Librarian Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Bolton
Sam Burgess BA(Hons) MCLIP PGDip, Library Service Manager, Hampshire Healthcare Library Service.

view the whole of Catherine, Dawn and Sam’s presentation

From annual report bore chore to action and engagement
Alan Fricker, Head of NHS Partnership & Liaison, Library Services, King’s College London

view the whole of Alan’s presentation

Social media at the University of Cambridge
Barney Brown, Head of Digital Communications, University of Cambridge

view the whole of Barney’s presentation

We also had 4 lightning talks which were tremendous:

Who’s borrowing the medical books?
Keith Nockles, Academic Librarian, University of Leicester

view the whole of Keith’s presentation

NSS Statistics: The student experience story
Cathryn Peppard, Academic Services Librarian (Health), University of Greenwich

view the whole of Cathryn’s presentation

How combining eLibrary user data with our membership database has revealed new insights into RCN library users
Elizabeth Pinel,
 Customer Services Manager, Royal College of Nursing

view the whole of Elizabeth’s presentation

Impact infographics using Canva.
Samuel Piker, Academic Liaison Librarian, Brunel University London

view the whole of Sam’s presentation

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Statistics & Stories for Impact: Autumn Conference 2018

We all gather statistics, but could we be working a little smarter and imaginatively in how we gather, analyse and present the figures?

Increasingly numbers aren’t enough, we need to demonstrate the impact our services have on the organisations and individuals we support. How can we best gather those stories, and turn them into powerful testimonies of our value?

Join us for this one day conference where our exciting range of speakers will help you demonstrate the value and impact of your library service.

Registration is open

Demonstrating the value and impact of literature searches conducted for Public Health England (PHE): collecting Impact Stories
Nicola Pearce-Smith, Senior Information Scientist, Public Health England (PHE) Knowledge and Library Services (KLS)

The PHE Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) record statistics on the number of literature searches conducted each month, but what are these searches used for? Do they contribute to policy making or research, do they lead to cost or time savings, do they result in a new service or programme? KLS began collecting case-studies, or Impact Stories, in an effort to reveal the impact of our literature searches. Our ultimate aim is to have access to a collection of stories, available on our library webpages, which enable us to demonstrate the value and impact the library service has on informing public health decision-making.

‘Telling stories that stick’: transferable techniques for capturing, articulating and using your value and impact evidence.
Kay Grieves, Service Engagement and Impact Manager, University Library Services, Sunderland.

It is imperative that we have the ability to gather and present evidence in order to successfully articulate our value and impact and support our strategic priorities.  To achieve this, in an agile manner, for diverse purposes and across varied service areas, is challenging.  Our response at Sunderland was to develop an accessible value and impact model.  Through this we nurture, capture, analyze and visualize key evidence and use and articulate the stories this evidence reveals in order to demonstrate impact, inform service planning and support advocacy and thought-leadership.

This session will share the key transferable techniques of our model with you using our successful ‘Engaging with Journals’ campaign as an example. It will hopefully complement your individual approaches to capturing, articulating and using value and impact evidence for your own strategic needs.

 Library Statistics – why do you do that thing you do?
Catherine McLaren, LKS Development Manager, Library & Knowledge Services and Technology Enhanced Learning, HEE Midlands and East.
Dawn Grundy, Subject Librarian Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Bolton
Sam Burgess BA(Hons) MCLIP PGDip, Library Service Manager, Hampshire Healthcare Library Service.

Are you collecting statistics but are unsure what to do with them? Do you only collect what is expected of you for the national statistics but would like to do more and give them meaning? Do you loath statistics in general? Or do you love stats and want to help others to get the most out of them?

Then this is the session for you! As part of the CILIP/HEE Leadership Development Programme our group has been working on statistics toolkit and identifying national statistics champions, to support you in collecting better statistics and using them to your advantage. Find out how the toolkit can help your service and hear examples of great practice from colleagues around the country. You will leave armed with ideas to get more out of stats and examples to take away with you. This session is for anyone who is contributing to a Library and Knowledge Services statistics, as well as those who collecting them, and will support service development.

From annual report bore chore to action and engagement
Alan Fricker, Head of NHS Partnership & Liaison, Library Services, King’s College London

Annual reports are a required element for most Library Services yet these documents are frequently uninspiring and largely unread. Why not maximise them as an opportunity for engagement?

This presentation will discuss how we drew on the model of departmental action plans used by some academic libraries to create a more engaging annual report for our work with hospital Trusts.

We will consider the core elements that have proved useful along with some of the difficulties encountered in pulling it together.
We will explore how the selection of content is underpinned by the principles for good metrics developed for the NHS in England.

Drawing on three years of experience we will consider the difference that the use of this format has made locally.  The more engaging style has prompted interest from other libraries and we will look at how it has been received elsewhere.

Social media at the University of Cambridge
Barney Brown, Head of Digital Communications, University of Cambridge

Find out how the University of Cambridge manages platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn with a particular emphasis on research communications. The talk will explore different approaches to content formats and styles depending on messages, audiences and channels. As well as reflecting on experiments that the University has been carrying out online for the past 10 years, the presentation will also include tips on measuring effectiveness of social media as a tool to create impact with your stories.

 

Lightning Talks

Do you have a story to tell about statistics, value and impact? Why not sign-up for a five minute lightning talk when you register as a delegate.

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