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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

Critical appraisal – Craig Abbs is setting up a peer-to-peer support group across YOHHLNet for anyone who is new to running Critical Appraisal training and/or Journal Clubs.  He is also looking to establish an 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 Craig direct via

YOHHLNet Keeping in Touch / Chat Space sessions

These are open sessions, open to any YOHHLNet member to join in.  No need to book – just turn up on the day.  There is no fixed agenda – just bring any queries or issues, or just come and say hello!

The dates for the next sessions are:-

Thursday 28th April, 12.30pm - 2pm

Tuesday 28th June, 12.30pm - 2pm

Please contact for a meeting invite.



  • 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 library 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.)


  • CILIP Conference 

YOHHLNet are pleased to announce that we have three bursary places on offer for YOHHLNet members at the CILIP Conference, on 7th and 8th July in Liverpool.   The bursary includes travel and accommodation, as well as the conference place.

There are more details about conference at

To apply for a bursary, please complete the form on the YOHHLNet CPD page and send it to Helen Swales by close of play on Friday 6th May

These bursaries are open to 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.