For immediate release | March 1, 2024

Library services and healthcare knowledge in the UK

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Introduction to Healthcare Knowledge and Library Services” explores the range of roles in this important area of practice, from "traditional" librarian roles to those that break new ground, from clinical, embedded, and outreach librarians to knowledge management workers. Edited by Geoff Walton, Frances Johnson, David Stewart, Gil Young, and Holly Case-Wyatt, this collection provides a comprehensive, practitioner-focused introduction to all aspects of knowledge and library work in the UK health sector. Starting with an overview of NHS England and how knowledge and library work sits within it, the book addresses such critical areas as services supporting evidence-based practice, the developing area of health information literacy, collaborative working, demonstrating impact, and value and research discovery.

Walton is Reader in Information and Digital Literacies in the iSchool at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently working on the AHRC funded project “Untold Stories: 75th Anniversary of the NHS.” Johnson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information & Communications at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She is currently associate editor for Data Technologies and Applications, and features editor in the Health Information and Libraries Journal. Until his retirement in 2021, Stewart was Head of NHS Knowledge and Library Services North at Health Education England. He was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honors in 2021. Young is currently employed as a Knowledge and Library Services Development Manager for NHS England. She is co-author of “Practical Tips for Developing Your Staff.” Case-Wyatt is NHS Liaison and Evidence Services Manager at Imperial College London. In 2013 Holly led the Domestic Abuse, How Surrey Libraries Can Help project, winning CILIPs Libraries Change Lives Award.

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