Terms of reference

University Health and Medical Librarians Group (UHMLG)


UHMLG works with a range of relevant stakeholder groups, including CHILL; Joint Health and Social Care Strategy Group; SCURL Health Group; Jisc Collections; NHS-HE Forum & Connectivity Project; Higher Education Academy; CILIP Health Libraries Group; HEE LKSL (including LKSL Groups, such as NARAG, and Knowledge for Healthcare working groups); LKSL-NICE Liaison Group.


  • To gather opinions and to represent the membership in dialogue at national level with stakeholder bodies.
  • To facilitate joint working with the NHS in delivering services to the NHS workforce and to HE students on placement.
  • To encourage interconnectivity with NHS and joint procurement of electronic resources.
  • To facilitate knowledge sharing, exchange of experience and evidence-based LIS in the following areas: teaching and research support; clinical practice; information literacy; e-resource licensing and procurement; new teaching technologies and NHS service developments.
  • To organise study days, residential events and facilitated electronic approaches to enable members to share ideas with colleagues and to learn about new initiatives relating to HE medical and health libraries including information skills teaching, interprofessional learning, collection management, learning object and document repositories, e-learning and e-resource acquisition and dissemination.
  • To contribute towards the "quality and standards" agenda for both HE and NHS libraries.
  • To promote information literacy, working collaboratively with NHS partners to produce an information literate workforce.
  • To work with educators in support of university based CPD/lifelong learning for health professionals as health professionals move in and out of Higher Education.
  • To provide a website with information useful to UHMLG members such as scholarly publishing, curriculum developments, information literacy and new teaching technologies.
  • To provide a closed email list (lis-UHMLG) to provide a confidential forum to discuss topics relevant to the membership.
  • To continue to support the operation of lis-medical as an open email list offering a forum for discussion of issues of interest to the membership.
  • To support research into best practice.


Those who have relevant senior subject responsibility or whose major responsibility is for a site library delivering health or medical services in a university or body affiliated with a higher education institution. Membership is free.

The Membership Secretary will approve applications for membership on behalf of the Executive Committee, referring any queries to the Chair. In the case of any dispute, a majority vote at a quorate Committee meeting will make the final decision. Once approved, membership will last for as long as the individual member remains in an eligible role. The Membership Secretary will contact members at least every two years to confirm that they are still in an eligible role.

In terms of voting for committee members and when asked to vote on membership decisions, all members will be eligible to vote.

Members may form Special Interest groups (SIGs) or Task and Finish Groups which will inform the agenda and operation of UHMLG, to address short-term or more permanent issues.


All meetings will be open to any librarians or information professionals with a relevant interest. UHMLG will reserve the right to charge fees to cover the costs of the events.

UHMLG Executive Committee Structure:

UHMLG Executive Committee members will have an elected term of office of 2 years, renewable by membership vote. Positions are open to any librarian working a constituent library and all would be subject to a vote by the membership.

1. Chair
2. Vice Chair
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer

Additional members may include a web manager, membership secretary and SIG representatives as necessary. Additional members may be co-opted.

March 2016

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