HLG Newsletter – Spring 2022

Welcome to the Spring 2022 edition of the HLG Newsletter! There’s a great range of content for this issue of the newsletter below – please click on the title to read the full article.

2022 is a landmark year for us as we celebrate 75 years of the Health Libraries Group. On the 14 October 1947, 33 health librarians met together for the first time to discuss common interests and issues around their roles. This group would quickly begin to grow and form the basis of the special interest group we recognise today as HLG. We hope to run lots of activities over the year to celebrate our anniversary year and are currently planning a hybrid conference event that will take place in London and online on Friday 14 October 2022. We would love as many of you as possible to join us for this occasion so please save the date and we will update you with more news of the event soon.

This issue of the newsletter features a fantastic top 10 tips for writing, an insightful article on setting up place-based Library and Knowledge Services in Surrey, and memories from a patients’ library. We also feature a bursary opportunity to attend the CILIP Conference, a poster competition to celebrate HLG 75 and a poster design session to share top tips and take you through the practical process of creating a conference poster.

We hope you enjoy the new format of the newsletter and welcome feedback, along with submissions for the Summer 2022 publication. Huge thanks to all our contributing authors.

Bursaries and competitions

Bursary opportunity: CILIP Conference + Expo (7-8 July 2022, Liverpool)

Health Libraries Group are offering an exciting opportunity for one successful applicant to benefit from one full delegate place with one night’s accommodation. Full details are available at the link above.
Closing date: midnight on Monday 25 April 2022

HLG 75th anniversary poster competition

2022 is a special year – HLG are celebrating their 75th anniversary.  To celebrate we have teamed-up with our colleagues at Health Education England to invite you to produce a poster. Our theme is:
Celebrating a profession: The millions of decisions that health library and knowledge specialists make possible
Further information about submission guidelines and prizes is available here.
Deadline for submissions: Friday 1 July 2022


Conference Poster Design session

Thinking of submitting to our 75th anniversary poster competition? Then this session is for you! This practical session with Helen Else, Library & Knowledge Services Manager at Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will give you the information you need to create a conference poster.
This webinar will:
• share top tips for effective use of text, colour, images and space so that you have professional looking posters
• take you through the practical process of creating a conference poster template that you and others can use
• share lessons learned from supporting people.
Date and time: Thursday 28 April 2022, 12pm – 1pm (GMT)


Being your own journalist: Ten tips on how to promote your healthcare library service through writing

Using his wealth of writing experience, Matt Holland highlights some best practice tips for writing for different audiences, including focusing on the benefits for the reader, pitching your ideas and collaborating with colleagues.

The Place-based Library & Knowledge Services Project: Surrey Heartlands

In The Bid Process, the first of a series of articles, Potenza Atiogbe introduces the “place-based” library services proposal, stakeholder engagement, and the key outcomes of the funding and project.

Memories of a patients’ library

Antony Porter, a retired librarian, reminisces about his experience of patients’ libraries and the unique role they play in a hospital setting.

Internet Sites of Interest

Avian influenza

Recent outbreaks of avian influenza have been in the news – the websites listed provide advice and guidance for healthcare professionals and the public.

Current and forthcoming committee roles

We are inviting all HLG Members to help continue the fantastic work we do on behalf of our membership and the wider profession and are advertising for the following committee roles. Please get in touch to find out more about the roles and express your interest.

Committee RolesAvailable fromCurrent postholder OR contact for further information
HLG Co-ChairJanuary 2023Imrana Ghumra
Prizes, Awards and BursariesImmediatelyDoug Knock
Joint Conference LeadImmediatelyRichard Bridgen
Nursing Bulletin LeadJanuary 2023Phillip Barlow
Joint CPD leadImmediatelyLesley Allen

We are also looking for a range of volunteers in the following roles:

Other volunteer rolesAvailable fromCurrent postholder OR contact for further information
Events leadImmediatelyHelene Gorring
Membership LeadImmediatelyAlison Paul
Assistant Newsletter EditorImmediatelyRachel Gledhill
 CPD PanelImmediatelyLesley Allen


Thank you for reading the Spring 2022 issue of the HLG Newsletter.

We welcome your contributions to the newsletter, such as original articles, meeting reports or book reviews. Let us know what you’d like to see!

For further information, please contact Rachel Gledhill, Newsletter Editor: newsletter.hlg@cilip.org.uk.

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