HLISD - a directory of Health Library and Information Services - aims to be the most comprehensive database of its kind. The information is updated by a network of editors
who are responsible for checking the currency of their entries.
CILIP Health Libraries Group (HLG), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the National Library for Health (NLH) agreed to collaborate on building a single, online directory of library services, capable of being updated by individual libraries or library networks on an ongoing basis.
The Health Libraries Group of CILIP had published a number of editions of a directory of library services, the last one entitled 'A Directory of Health Library and Information Services in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland' was compiled and published in 2001. The Royal College of Nursing
(RCN) also produced an online directory of nursing library services.
The initial funding was provided by NLH, with HLG and RCN being partners on the Project Board and then the Service Board. The cost of ongoing updating is absorbed by the health library and information community.
HLG and RCN, having provided the initial data, were partners on the Project Board and on the Service Board and provide the UK and Republic of Ireland focus, The RCN have now withdrawn as a partner - we would like to thank them for their input in those early years. LKSL, previously SHaLL, have taken responsibility for hosting and provide the England focus.
Board members are:
Richard Osborn(LKSL Representative and Chairman)
Andy Parrett (Health Education East of England)
Julie Ryder (HLISD Editorial support)
Jenny Toller (Health Education South West)
Angela Perrett (HLG Representative)
The directory covers the whole of the UK and the Republic of Ireland and includes all health library and information sectors whether they are NHS, Further or Higher Education, Government, Professional Bodies, Patient Information or
The number of entries is over 800 and we are keen to continue adding new services. It is also valuable as a directory of contacts and we now have just over 1000.
If you wish to contact us with regards to reporting any technical issues with the site, ideas for improvement or any services which you would like added/updated, please use our Contact Form.