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Library Knowledge Services (North)


YOHHLNet aims to support the continuing professional development of all library staff working in YOHHLNet member organisations.

Here you can find out more about YOHHLNet CPD resources and opportunities, forthcoming events, information about bursaries, event presentations and shared reflections and learning from colleagues.

The current YOHHLNet CPD lead is Helen Swales.  Do please contact her direct on for any queries about CPD, or any ideas for events that you would like to see run.


Forthcoming Events

  • Randomised Cuppa Trial

After the success of the previous Randomised Cuppa Trials that we have run across the North, we’re launching another one.

This is open to all library staff across the North. You can sign up to either be randomly paired up with anyone, or, if you prefer, you can select a staff group that you want to be paired with.

If you are interested in taking part, please sign up via by Wednesday 17th April.

We will then pair you up, and just ask that you arrange to meet (probably via MS Teams) before the end of June.

There are no rules about what you talk about … you might want to discuss regional library management systems, the best way to do interlibrary loans, AI, library services in general … or you might want to debate the latest big thing on TV, or if dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate … or anything in between. That bit is entirely up to you.

If this randomised cuppa sounds of interest, please do sign up. As the old BT advert used to say “it’s good to talk”.

  • Revalidate in a morning - 29th April - MS Teams

Do you hold CILIP Professional Registration (ACLIP, MCLIP or FCLIP)? Do you need to revalidate but don't know where to start? Or just struggling to find dedicated time to prepare your revalidation submission?

Come along to this session and complete your revalidation in a morning alongside other CILIP members, with support from a CILIP Professional Registration Support Officer.

The session will take place on Monday 29th April, 9.30 – 12.30, via MS Teams, and will be led by Gil Young.

To book onto this event, which has been arranged by YOHHLNet, but is available for all library staff in the North, please sign up via this form.​

  • Save the date - YOHHLNet Summer event

Our summer YOHHLNet face to face meeting will be in York (at Priory Street again), on Thursday 13th June 2024.

The meeting will start at 10.30am (with registrations from 10am), and will end at 3.30pm. Reserve your place via our booking form.

  • Critical Appraisal 

We have a peer-to-peer support group across YOHHLNet for anyone who is new to running critical appraisal training and/ or journal clubs. We are also looking to establish a repository of resources, papers, videos etc, to share what went well and what didn't go quite so well. If you are interested in any of this, please contact Federica Bianchini direct via email 

  • CPD Book Collections


The YOHHLNet CPD book collection is designed to support the professional development of library and information colleagues. It is kindly hosted by Rotherham NHS FT Library and Knowledge Service, but is available to all library staff across the north of England to make use of.

This collection can be searched via the catalogue

All the books in the CPD collection are indexed with the location ‘Librarianship collection’

If you would like to borrow a book, please  and we will post the book out to you. The YOHHLNet CPD collection also includes a number of e-books funded by YOHHLNet for its members to use. Please to register for an account to access the CPD e-book collection.


The HCLU Staff Library Collection is a collection of books and journals that are of interest or relevance to LKS staff. These resources are available to all members of the 3 North of England networks. The collection covers a range of subjects including:

Librarianship and Library Science Knowledge Management Teaching and Training Library Services
Copyright Personnel Management Electronic Information Resources

This collection is available to all library staff who work for members of the Northern networks. The collection can be searched via the catalogue. To restrict your search to HCLU Staff Library resources only, please use the search term 'HCLU'. If you would like to borrow a book, please email and we will post the book out to you.


  • CPD Bursaries

YOHHLNet offers a number of bursary awards to support the continuing professional development of all health library and knowledge services staff working in YOHHLNet member organisations.

Bursaries can include sponsorship to attend regional or national training events, which are awarded on a case by case basis and will be subject to available funding at the time of request.

If you are interested in applying for a YOHHLNet bursary, or need further information, then please contact Helen Swales

Throughout the year, YOHHLNet will also put out a call for bursary applications to attend library conferences (e.g. CILIP, HLG, etc.)

To apply for a bursary, please complete the form and send it to Helen Swales  

These bursaries are open to staff working in health library and knowledge services in YOHHLNet member organisations, and in the event of over subscription, we would look to prioritise colleagues who have not previously received a bursary from YOHHLNet.

If there are any queries, please don’t hesitate to let Helen know, and we look forward to your applications.

All completed bursary sponsorship application forms should be returned to Helen Swales

Successful YOHHLNet bursary recipients are also asked to record and write up their learning and reflections from the CPD events they have attended to share with YOHHLNet colleagues.


  • YOHHLNet Job Shadowing Opportunities

Job shadowing is an on-the-job informal learning activity allowing you to work alongside and 'observe' someone doing a particular role. The experience of job shadowing allows you to learn more about particular aspects of what someone does and gain knowledge and an understanding of activities they undertake.

To find out more about YOHHLNet job shadowing opportunities, please search our directory of colleagues willing to provide or host opportunities for job shadowing across the network. Please contact the 'hosts' directly to discuss your learning needs - what you'd like to learn more about and arrange your shadowing opportunity.