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Library Knowledge Services (North)

Cheshire and Merseyside

Cheshire and Merseyside Librarians is one of three patch groups (along with Cumbria and Lancashire and Greater Manchester) in LIHNN.

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Terms of Reference

Purpose: To provide leadership in planning and development of library services to NHS staff and students across Cheshire and Merseyside in order to deliver quality library services in health and social care.  

Role of the group:

  • Provide a forum for communication and the sharing of information relevant to library service delivery in Cheshire and Merseyside
  • Maintain an overview of national and other policies and frameworks 
  • Identify and share good practice
  • Identify opportunities for best practice and sharing of resources
  • Identify funding opportunities for resources
  • Co-ordinate developments across Cheshire and Merseyside
  • Raise the profile of NHS library services in Cheshire and Merseyside  

Membership: Membership will be made up of senior NHS Library staff and their representatives fron all services in Cheshire and Merseyside and from the Health Care Libraries Unit. It will include representatives from academic libraries and other institutions providing services to NHS staff and students  

Meetings: Meetings will take place 4-6 times a year. They are are quorate when 50% of members are present.  

Officers of the Group: Officers of the Group will be elected or re-elected as required. Responsibilities for the positions of Chair and Secretary to the Group will be agreed annually at the final meeting of the year.  

Administrative arrangements: The Chair of the Group will be responsible for

  • Preparing and distributing the agenda prior to the meetings
  • Keeping a record of matters arising and issues to be carried forward
  • Acting on behalf of the group (or nominating a deputy) in circumstances where group representation is required

The Secretary of the Group will be responsible for: 

  • Attending to take minutes of the meeting
  • Ensuring the minutes are published on the LIHNN website
  • Ensuring the date of the next meeting is published on the LIHNN website  

Staff Attending are responsible for:

  • Notifying the Chair of agenda items no less than 7 working days prior to the meetings
  • Attending meetings or sending a representative if they cannot attend
  • Acting as ‘champions’ to disseminate information and good practice as appropriate.   

Minutes and Papers



May 2024 Minutes (Library inductions)

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April 2024 (Creativity in Libraries)

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March 2024 Minutes (Knowledge mobilisation)

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February 2024 Minutes (Policies & Procedures)

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January 2024 - No notes (Putting Library evidence into practice)




December 2023 Minutes (AI & Technology)

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November 2023 Minutes (Keeping up to date, supporting staff returning to work)

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October 2023 Minutes (When disaster strikes – emergency planning)

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September 2023 Minutes (Sustainable libraries)

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August 2023 Minutes (Career development)

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July 2023 Minutes (Health and wellbeing)

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June 2023 Minutes (Marketing tips and techniques)

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May 2023 Minutes (strategies & action plans)

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April 2023 Minutes (Health Literacy national picture) word file  
March 2023 Minutes (Digital Inclusion - Upskilling staff and learners) word file  
February 2023 Minutes (Health Literacy) word file  
January 2023 Minutes (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) word file  
December 2022 Minutes
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November 2022 Minutes
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July 2022 Minutes
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April 2019 Minutes pdf file  
January 2019 Minutes word file  
October 2018 Minutes word file  
April 2018 Minutes word file  
January 2018 Minutes word file  
July 2017 Minutes word file  
January 2017 Minutes word file  
April 2016 Minutes word file  
July 2016 Minutes word file  
April 2016 Minute pdf file  
January 2016 Minutes word file  
October 2015 Minutes pdf file  
July 2015 Minutes word file  
April 2015 Minutes pdf file  
April 2015 Paper - JET Annual Report 2013-2014  pdf file  
January 2015 Minutes pdf file  
January 2015 Paper - Literature Searching Service Evaluation Questionnaire pdf file  
January 2015 Paper - Training Impact Questionnaire pdf file  
January 2015 Paper - Training evaluation - JET pdf file  
January 2015 Paper - JET Library Training Evaluation Survey pdf file  
January 2015 Paper - Evidence into Practice - RLBUHT Library Service pdf file  
October 2014 Minutes pdf file  
May 2013 Minutes pdf file  
January 2013 Minutes pdf file  
October 2012 Minutes pdf file  
July 2012 Minutes pdf file  
July 2012 Paper - From Design to Delivery: Cheshire and Merseyside Perspectives - Joe McArdle pdf file  
April 2012 Minutes pdf file  
January 2012 Minutes pdf file  

Access Agreement to Cheshire and Merseyside Library Services

The Cheshire and Mersey health libraries have created an access agreement that specifies what services NHS staff can expect to receive when they visit a library other than their home library.

Access Agreement July 2013 (Word version) word file  
Access Agreement July 2013 (PDF version) pdf file  
Access Agreement 2007  pdf file  

This was revised in 
July 2013 (MS Word) or July 2013 (PDF version) and the details for Southport and Ormskirk are now revised.

Page Last Updated 8 July 2022