Update Feb 2016 (and Dec / Jan 2016)

So the old model of trying to work through the old issues was failing. New plan – the current issue plus most recent back issue with the new issue as the trigger to get it done. This should mean things are more current but I will probably write a bit less to get through them.

Dec 2015 / Jan 2016 first!

MyLibraryMyRight is an about time moment. Progress has been slow on the petition but I suspect this will be lower impact than some of the other measures. No action means the end of the public library service as the squeeze on local government operates to grimly collapse things.

The failure of the obligatory revalidation change to be voted through gets a small mention. The recent analysis released of patterns of voting seems to indicate it was mostly rejected by those later in their careers and in public libraries (not clear if these features intersect). Depressing.

A chunky Knowledge for Healthcare update. The scale of work underway is quite daunting and it is remarkable that work can be carried out England wide to this extent. Some great people on the leadership development programme and it will be great to see the projects that emerge from this.

Having had a chat about zines today at work I enjoyed the article on a workshop on these as part of the fun palaces initiative (which sound great – I wonder if we could have a fun palace at work next year though timing is not great for the academic year). A library zine might be a way to cut through some of the formality that tends to take over away from our social media communications.

Feb 2016

The cover story on a library in North Darfur was great. Such a positive piece of work and a recognition that libraries are about a lot more than books. 

The growth of content on the CILIP VLE is encouraging as a means for people to access CPD opportunities. I will have to have a rummage when I next go in to revalidate.

Service Transformation this issue from Knowledge for Healthcare. A challenge for me is how to respond to this work in the very different setting of an academic library that also serves the NHS. Very real change will be required for us to deliver on the KM and current awareness agendas. Document supply we sit largely outside the NHS schemes – could we export some of how we work at scale?

The Social Policy and Practice database sounds a useful resource. It isn’t in the national core content for NHS staff though I could see if being useful for a good number of people. 

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