HLG Newsletter – Winter 2021

Welcome to the Winter 2021 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.

Article topics range from small libraries that are diversifying their services and providing one-of-a-kind collections, to libraries that have been supporting wellbeing and vaccination efforts. Another article describes the importance of partnerships between libraries and other institutions, and another draws inspiration from Disney to reimagine our services. Event reports from hybrid conferences share learning, and our internet sites of interest column focuses on decolonisation.

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


HLG/ALIA Leadership Bursary

Still time to apply for this bursary! Closing Date extended to Monday 6th December 2021.
Do you have aspirations to be in a leadership role? Here’s the chance to engage with colleagues in Australia, in a CPD programme to support your professional goals.
The Health Libraries Group is offering an exciting opportunity for one successful applicant to benefit from our Leadership exchange bursary in 2022. This bursary comprises a programme of online CPD events and additional mentoring meetings provided by ALIA Health Libraries Australia. The programme will be tailored to the successful candidate’s own particular librarianship interests and their objectives for leadership development.
Read the full details on the CILIP HLG website.
Closing Date: 5.30pm on Monday 6th December 2021

Updated: Medical Core Collection (7th edition)

The new Medical Core Collection list of books has been updated for 2021!


The small house movement: a model for downsizing a library footprint

Taking inspiration from the small house movement, the company library at Queensland Medical Laboratories were able to reduce the library’s footprint while diversifying the services provided.

A small library collection tells a story that changed the world

Special collections of medical books have strong research and educational potential as they provide opportunities for new insights into the medical profession through a historical, cultural, and social perspective. This article highlights how a small collection can play a significant role.

Developing partnerships

After presenting about Bolton Health Information Partnership at the HLG Virtual Study Day in September 2021, Dawn Grundy and Siobhan Linsey have begun to create a national map of partnerships. The benefits, challenges and next steps are reflected on in this article.

Pop-up library: library wellbeing support during the pandemic

The provision of a temporary pop-up library in a hospital building increased library membership and engagement, as well as supporting the Trust’s workplace wellbeing offer.

“Imagine that! If Disney ran your hospital library…”

Daniel Park takes inspiration from Disney to imagine how health librarians may be able to reimagine the way our users experience the library service.

Library becomes vaccine hub

The flexibility of the library team and space at UHBW allowed 16,000 health and social care staff to get vaccinated.

Event reports

The flipped classroom approach to health research training: a handstand too far?LILAC FestivIL 2021

6-8 July 2021. Daniel Park reflects on the ‘flipped classroom’ approach to training that turns the traditional classroom-based teaching model on its head.

International Clinical Librarians Conference Lite 2021 (#ICLCLite20)

11 November 2021. Karen Davies reflects on this online conference, with a host of links to presentations.

Internet Sites of Interest


Decolonisation is about hearing a plurality of voices and making space for other philosophies and knowledge systems, which means having a diverse library collection, and putting those diverse materials to deliberate use.


Thank you for reading the Winter 2021 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!

The deadline for content for the Spring 2022 edition is 24 February 2022.

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

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