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Northern Lights, A newsletter for Health Libraries in the North. NHS Library Services (North)

Northern Lights Editorial Issue 3

Welcome to meteorological autumn, and to the third issue of Northern Lights; a veritable cornucopia of insights from all levels of staff right across the north. We’ve got practical tips, conference reflections, a champion, drama-with-music plus a sad farewell.
Natasha Craigs offers valuable advice on certification for library assistants, explaining the process and benefits in terms of skills learnt, networking opportunities gained and confidence boosted. Fingers crossed for results day, Natasha! Dan Livesey received HCLU sponsorship to attend a Knowledge Management Advanced Course​ and shares insights and links to useful resources, while Tim Jacobs has rustled up a guide to getting started with PubMed's Outside Tool as a replacement for LinkOut, even incorporating Browzine’s LibKey to improve the process.


A trio of conference reports showcase the variety of development opportunities available. Natasha Craigs and Martyn Greenwood both attended CILIP conference for the first time supported by bursaries from YoHHLNet (other generous regions are available). Both reflect on Hong-Anh Nguyen’s powerful diversity and inclusion keynote speech, and then offer us a variety of take home messages from the array of other workshops and talks they attended. Suzanne Wilson delivered a workshop at the European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) conference in Basel, and writes about running a knowledge café and sharing reflections of her work with the North East’s Stem Club.


Northern Lights’ very own John Gale takes on a new identity as a Publicity Champion, and fills us in on the ongoing work to create a suite of standard publicity materials with which to promote library and knowledge services, and Carl Challinor talks engagingly about his involvement in a theatre production for Lynfest 2019, a celebration of arts and music at Bradford District Care Foundation Trust where hospital staff take part alongside mental health service users.


Last, but by no means least, Linda Ferguson reflects on her career, wishing us ‘so long, farewell, auf widersehen, adieu’, and ends her piece with an apposite quote from Nelson Mandela. Enjoy!


Sarah Gardner
Clinical / Outreach Librarian
Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust