Upcoming event: Learning at Work Week 2018

Learning at Work Week is an annual event which shines a spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development at work. The theme for 2018 is ‘‘Connected for Learning’ and The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust are offering staff the chance to participate in a range of taster sessions on a variety of topics, from getting started with social media to mindfulness workshops.

learning at work.PNG

This year the MY staff library will be showing staff how to search literature effectively, using NHS Health Education England’s ‘How to search literature effectively’ eLearning modules. There are currently six bite-sized modules available, which provide a useful introductory overview to literature searching (we’ve blogged about them in more detail here). Staff can sign up to complete just the one module, or all six if they wish.

lit searching

The MY staff library ‘How to search  literature effectively’ sessions will take place on Monday 14th May 2018 in the library (housed in Trust HQ & Education Centre, PGH). Places are available to book on the following 30 minute sessions: 9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am and 12.00pm. To book a place, or for more information, please contact us.

learning at work week.png

The MY staff library will also be hosting a drop-in information clinic at The Bungalow on Friday 18th May from 9:00am – 10:30am, so why not pop by & find out more about how the library service can support you.MY staff, students & volunteers how can we help you_.png

For more information about Learning at Work Week 2018 at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, please visit the MY staff intranet.


Upcoming Event: More & Better Research & Randomised Chocolate Trial

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust ‘More and Better Research’ event, organised by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Research & Innovation Team, is to take place on Monday 30th April 2018.

As part of the event we will be hosting a randomised controlled trial to compare how effective eating white or milk chocolate is on improving the wellbeing of The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff.

If you like the idea of testing the effects of chocolate consumption colleagues are invited to participate in the trial, which aims to highlight the importance of research and help participants to gain a better understanding of how clinical trials work.

If you are interested in participating please ‘drop by’ during the ‘More and Better Research’ open marketplace session, taking place in Trust HQ on 30th April 2018 between 1pm and 3pm.

Interested participants do not need to book to take part in our randomised chocolate trial, although booking for the full day event is essential (please contact the Research and Innovation team for more information).

Outreaching ourselves @midyorkslibrary


Before I forget who we have reached out to… I thought I would write it down, the library has been and continues to be busy out and about talking and listening to staff across the Mid Yorkshire Hospital sites in order to make sure that all our staff are aware of the library service and what it can do for them…

First up was Dewsbury, in the canteen Natasha and I set up shop with information and freebies, not a particularly successful day, but we learned from it. What we learned was that trying to engage people by luring them away from their lunch takes you on a highway to nowhere

Image result for baby birds in nest
lunch comes before libraries 

Next up we set our stall out at the Oakwell Centre, this being where the learning, training and educating takes place over at Dewsbury Hospital.

We did a bit of tooing and froing initially, corridor or entrance?  The entrance won the day. Our target audience for this particular day were physiotherapists and occupational therapists working in intermediate care. In they came rushed off their feet, wanting to talk to us but unable to stop because they were already late…


So we hung around until the end of the meeting and this was a great idea because we got talking to some interested members of staff who genuinely wanted to find out about the library our resources and services. Furthermore they were then equally enthusiastic about sharing the information with their teams out in the community.

The invitation to the quality and performance meeting [translates as a midwifery leaders meeting] was another success, by just popping in at the beginning of the meeting, being first up on the agenda I was able to deliver information about the library in an informal and relaxed way. It gave me an opportunity to introduce myself, to inform about the library, to engage with some of our midwives and to showcase some of what we had already been doing with their colleagues, one of the hooks was telling the midwives in the meeting about some of the literature searching we had done for other midwives in the Trust. This information seemed to me to make the role of the library come to life..so to speak. Meeting them also made me realise how little some of them knew about the library service.

The MY divisional management meeting was a squished and squashed affair, at least 25 people involved in providing ‘care closer to home’ shoehorned into a room, it was a bit too warm but very welcoming, where I could talk about the library offer to a captive audience of really interested people, some of whom did not know about us. They do now and as a result there has been an upsurge in library membership, requests for research papers, literature searches and medical/clinical/healthcare database training – amongst these groups of staff whether doing a Masters, a piece of research, service design or professional development.  By getting out there and literally sitting round the table to have a conversation we have raised the profile of the library service

As a result of this we have had more staff engagement across all of these groups. The latest engagement was at the new midwives induction day where I replicated my earlripple effectier presentation style by sitting down and having a conversation with the two groups.

The ripple effect of these types of meetings which dip into the daily working lives of staff groups across the trust is that others get to know about us too, its like a veil being lifted, its not necessarily someone that was in the room walking in but someone else who heard about us through someone who was…in the room.

Thanks very much for reading… and please get in touch                                                        on Twitter @midyorkslibrary or email us at  library.pgh@midyorks.nhs.uk


Celebrating Libraries Week

The 9th – 14th October was Libraries Week (you may have seen our daily tweets throughout the week promoting it!).  We had a joint event in the Atrium at Pinderfields with Wakefield Public LibrariesWe were joined by Dawn Bertram (right) and we showcased the resources that both libraries have to offer.

Helen and dawn

Helen Rotherforth (Trust Librarian) with Dawn Bertram from Wakefield Libraries

The hub of the Atrium is a bustling environment, and our stands were great for catching the attention of the throng of  people that pass through it.  We generated interest from staff, patients and visitors alike.

This medic was keen to find out about our resources and even posed for a family photo to post on our social media Bluebird


Varied queries came in thick and fast, and we were able to answer one visitor’s question by introducing her to  NHS Choices  the one-stop site that answers the public’s medical information queries – anything from how to find a GP, to their “Health A-Z” which outlines conditions, treatments and much more.

There was plenty to learn about the services available at our local libraries in Wakefield and the surrounding area – did you know that you can read the latest magazines online for free with your library membership?  Topics are comprehensive – from Good Food to Amatuer Photography, Music and History!  Check out the Digital Library here

One of the highlights of our stand was the new Quick Reads selection on loan from Wakefield Libraries (short books that are specifically designed to be quick & easy to read).  You may have seen our previous post and be considering loaning one – I understand that they will make an excellent read for the chilly nights that will soon be upon us!



Libraries Week 2017


Libraries Week is an annual event providing libraries across all sectors with an opportunity to showcase their innovations and shout about the many fantastic services they have to offer!

In celebration of libraries week we’ll be out ‘n’ about on 10th October from 11am-1pm in the Atrium at Pinderfields Hospital letting Trust staff & placement students know about the variety of services we have to offer.

We’ll also be joined by colleagues from Wakefield Public Libraries who will be spreading the word about their library membership, which is available to everyone. You can also find out what’s on at Wakefield Public Libraries throughout Libraries Week by visiting their blog.

We’ll be Tweeting @midyorkslibrary throughout the week. I for one will be following  #LibrariesWeek & can’t wait to see what everyone else is upto 😃

Until next time.

Natasha (on behalf of The Library Team)


Health Information Week

Health Information Week is a national initiative to promote good quality health resources for all.  This year it was held on July 3rd – 9th .   Campaigns took place which involved joint initiatives, which were often held outside of the usual library or department.

Mid Yorks NHS Staff Library was keen to join this programme to spread the word on what readable, reliable and valid information is out there for everyone to access (and how to utilise these sources in preference to more dubious ones).  We used this opportunity to showcase the Patient Information page on our website, which you can access here.  As our first stand was to be held in Wakefield’s main library, in the Wakefield One building, we were keen to promote materials that would be of value to the general public, and this seemed to be the perfect location!

We joined forces with Wakefield Public Libraries to promote resources that are available to the customers and public that we serve, and one of the many benefits of working with a different library was that we learned new things from each other, and came away with a host of ideas and useful information.  For example, did you know that Wakefield libraries have created reminiscence boxes which are used within the community to raise dementia awareness, and are used therapeutically to generate memories and conversations about times gone by?  The boxes are available for loan from the libraries and were a great source of interest at both events.  These are a really good resource for people who suffer from dementia, and the carers that support them.


Terry in prime position at the entrance to Wakefield 1 Library

Working with a different client group in a public library was a new experience, and I was intrigued to know what types of health information we would be asked for.  Queries were varied – from how to register with a local GP to what is the ideal weight of a piece of fruit to make up your “5 a day”?


Terry and Wendy then joined us in the Atrium at Pinderfields where our stands generated interest from visitors, patients and staff.  We answered queries about medical conditions, and interest was shown by parents and children who collected cards from  Wakefield libraries stand to participate in the  “Summer Reading Challenge”, which this year has a detective theme (contact your local library for details).


(Left to right) Karen and Natasha – Mid Yorks Library, Terry and Wendy – Wakefield Public Libraries

We look forward to future collaborative working, so for more information watch this space….


CILIP conference 2017 reflections on Our Common Values…

It was my first time…at a CILIP conference, after over 17 years in libraries, so finally I made it! Initially I was concerned with practicalities, trains and hotels and connecting up with the YOHHLNet bursary winners. Once sorted I had to  set about deciding what I wanted to see and hear. My main aim was to avoid listening to anything to do with the day job, so knowledge management and impact/evaluation, task and finish groups and tool-kits so predominant in the health library sector at the moment were given short shrift [with apologies and a big wink to all those engaged in such things].

dr seuss

I wanted to see/hear something new, something that might move me and/or make me think differently. Two sessions in particular did this for me. This first blog post looks at David McMenemy’s @D_McMenemy talk on ‘sustaining our common values: the pressure at play, and to come…’ I found this really interesting and thought-provoking.


David began by asking us to think about what being ‘universal’ meant for libraries, a library for you whoever you are and wherever you come from…and how this was being challenged by the fragmentation of public library services where community and charity run libraries are increasingly replacing that ‘universal offer’. This was particularly interesting to me because my local library is one of those voluntary run community libraries, its great and thriving and the local population I believe absolutely love what it offers both in terms of resources and in terms of Place. As David said it does fit nicely with the Government drivers to enhance community well-being via the use of more volunteers and charitable activities.

But of course not every village or small town has the wherewithal in terms of resources [specifically people with the enthusiasm AND the knowledge/know-how to set-up their own library service] so that immediately places these populations at a disadvantage. With the loss of the universal offer, who you are and where you come from starts to handicap you in terms of access to libraries.libs for everyone

One of the points made was with regard to Who sets the library up, is it a specialist interest group within the community? Or is it weighted towards a particular social class? What might this mean for universal access and is this likely to influence the kinds of resources/activities available? Would it feel or even become exclusive? A library for some but not for everyone, whoever you were and wherever you came from?


The other aspect of our common values focused on the issue of patron privacy, essentially protecting the right of our patrons’ to privacy in terms of  their online activity. As with other organisations LIS have the technologies to hand to analyse the users online searching activities, and to filter out particular content. I found this really interesting because I often simply take this for granted, or don’t even think about what is happening to our service users and indeed myself as a seeker of information in an online world.

Are we both:

  • snooping into someones private business and 
  • interfering with an individual’s right to seek information 

I also found it useful to note that because technology allows us to see what our service users are doing online doesn’t mean that we should just go ahead and access that information, and is it up to us to censor content?

So the central message seemed to  me that we should be asking questions, reflecting upon and thinking critically about the values we have within the LIS community. Through research the evaluation and analysis of these values could form the evidence base for a set of commmon values for the future. To see the presentation given by David click here

Helen Rotherforth  librarian   @midyorkslibrary