#eoehln2015 – the first East of England Health Libraries Network Summer Conference

The inaugural East of England Health Libraries Network summer conference took place yesterday (21st July) at Newmarket Racecourse.

I’ve storified the tweets that came from it, if you’re interested to read the day as it happened (from the biased perspective of the tweeters), but it’s also got some photos which give a flavour of the day, like


Mostly it was about the networking, and about the speakers – what they asked us to do, and how they made us think.

Sue Lacey Bryant gave a typically rousing call to arms in relation to Knowledge for Healthcare. Since all medical/health libraries are ultimately about the patient (whether it’s via the clinical students that we’re helping to learn, or via the clinician that we’re helping to practice better evidence based medicine) it’s all our responsibility to help to implement KfH.

This will involve change, collaborative working, changing models of working and sharing best practice (the theme of the day). We need to think hard about what new skills and specialisms we will need to develop, and what services we need to provide.

None of these things are easy, or quick to achieve, but will make us the service that the NHS needs and deserves in the future.

Not necessarily a highlight, but I spoke about Open Access, Open Data and Research Data Management (slides will be up shortly) At last, slides are loaded:

Then the afternoon had a copyright quiz (perhaps more thought provoking than it sounds!) and cognitive mapping by our very own Jo and Dorothy from Peterborough. This gave a fascinating insight in the techniques learned at the UX conference way back in March.

Finally we rounded off with an equally fascinating insight into the world of the clinical librarian – Sarah Sutton from Leicester and Liz Hunwick from Basildon were tremendous speakers – entertaining, informative and inspiring in equal measure. There’s loads of background and insight at the University Hospital Leicester clinical librarian site.

Slides from the day will be available at http://www.eel.nhs.uk shortly.





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