Health Science Librarians share tips

What are your tips for increasing visibility and impact?

“A comment from Annie Mauger (CILIP HLG, 2014) hit the nail on the head – something along the lines of ‘it’s not what we do, it’s what we’re for’.  If we can get a fix on where our services are of most benefit within our organization and build our role around that, then we’ll make a positive impact and promoting these services will raise our profile for all the right reasons”.

Anne Madden, Assistant Librarian, Library & Information Services, St. Vincent’s University Hospital,Dublin, Ireland.


Bernadette Colley is a solo Library Administrator at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.  She shares her thoughts on being a librarian.

What are you top tips for increasing visibility and impact?

“The answer is two-fold really: Join the dots for people. As you say in your book, ‘Cherry on the cake service’. If people come looking for a book, push them to Athens and your current awareness service. If someone is looking for an ILL and you find the author has made all their articles available on Research Gate, point your user to that site and give them a potted explanation of open access, Lenus, social media and how things are changing. Push twitter and relevant hashtags in your library blog or current contents so that people are not so distrustful. Above all, make friends with your users: people talk!”


Author: alawton

Systems Librarian for the Health Service Executive in Ireland

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