Wednesday, 20 May 2015

International Clinical Trials Day - 20 May 2015

As part of International Clinical Trials Day 2015 on Wednesday 20 May, the Children’s Research team (part of the Clinical Research Network: East Midlands) are promoting children’s research at Leicester's Hospitals.

 The #whywedoresearch campaign will be promoted via their brand new twitter page @UHLkidsResearch.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Now Fully Booked

Medical Terminology Training

Beverley Walsh, of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, has kindly agreed to come and run her course on “Medical Terminology” for us here at University Hospitals of Leicester. The date is set for Tuesday 30th June, from 10.30-2.00, at the Odames Library, Victoria Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary, LE1 5WW .

The UHL Clinical Librarian Service are covering the cost of the session, and Primal Pictures (producers of will provide a light lunch on the day.

The session will cover the basic building blocks of medical terminology, and Beverley has successfully run this course in several parts of the UK. I envisage that this session will be most useful to those staff who are new to the NHS and those less confident in the use of medical terminology.

We have 7 places to offer to our East Midlands colleagues on this session, free of charge, on a first come, first served basis. To book a place, please email

Monday, 18 May 2015

MLA '16 - Press Release
Toronto, 13-18 May 2016 #mlanet16

Call for Submissions

Download the full Call for Submissions (includes both English and French).
The 2016 MLA/CHLA/ABSC/ICLC Joint Planning Committee invites submissions for papers, posters, lightning talks, and special content sessions that support the theme, “Mosaic: Be Part of the Big Picture.”
Plan to submit your structured abstract for your research project or program description in September 2015, using the guidelines at New to this year’s process, authors will rank how they would prefer to present their content: paper, poster, or lightning talk. Abstracts not accepted to a first choice will be considered for second and third choices.
New this year are special content sessions. Groups—such as sections, chapters, special interest groups (SIGs), or other groups—are invited to design engaging 1.5-hour-long sessions (for example, invited speakers or panel presentations). Proposals for special content sessions are due in September 2015, and these submissions should not duplicate content submitted as paper sessions, poster sessions, or lightning talks. MLA’s Research Section will award prizes for the best research-based papers and posters. Full information on the submission process, programming types, instructions for proposals for special content sessions, and criteria used to assess abstracts and proposals will be available on MLANET in May 2015.

For more information, see

Plan to attend the largest gathering of medical librarians and health information professionals in the world at the joint meeting of the Medical Library Association (MLA), the Canadian Health Libraries Association/Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada (CHLA/ABSC), and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC)!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Review of our study day

Thanks so much to Phillip Barlow from Imperial College London for his great write up of our 'Make your service visible and essential to users' study day, held on the 23rd April.

If you were unable to attend, it's worth having a read. His blog post can be found here.

We will be making the presentations from the day publicly available on our website soon, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

A day in the life of a clinical librarian

Hello and welcome to our third post in our brand new blog series, A day in the life of a clinical librarian. This is a monthly series sharing what a day at work for those working in clinical librarianship actually looks like and finding out about the person behind the job.

This month we've had the pleasure of interviewing one of our very own clinical librarians.

Who are you and where do you work?

I’m Louise Hull, a Clinical Librarian at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.  My main base is Glenfield Hospital but I travel across to the other sites as needed.

How long have you been there?

I have been in this role for seven years and have worked from the Trust for nearly 13 years in total.

What attracted you to Clinical Librarianship?

I have always enjoyed searching for information and I really liked the fact that your work may have a positive impact on patient care. My role has evolved now and I support a range of staff in both clinical and managerial roles, which is really interesting.

What does an average day at work involve?

I work Wednesday – Friday, so Wednesday mornings often involve a lot of catching up on emails and prioritising my workload for the next few days. I’ll be going through my email alerts from various organisations and assigning relevant items to the evidence updates I lead on. Literature searching and various meetings are also a regular occurrence!

If you weren’t a Librarian, what would you be?

I always wanted to be a Sport’s Psychologist (my first degree was in Psychology). Or if I won the lottery I’d open an ice cream parlour or a deli.

Tell us a joke or a non-work fact about yourself

I have a two year old daughter, a three year old Labrador and a four year old son. So sometimes it is nice to come to work for a bit of peace and quiet!