2024 Spring Forum

21 – 21 March 2024, completely free, fully online – “Health Librarianship: The Next Generation“.

UHMLG’s 2024 Spring Forum brings together a range of fantastic speakers to look at the future of health librarianship. The conferences spans two half days (21-22 March, 2024), it’s free, online, and registration is open – our core audience is UK / Republic of Ireland health and medical librarians from the Higher Education and NHS / health sectors, but we welcome delegates from any area of librarianship, and from anywhere in the world.

Outline Programme

This is the provisional programme – we expect the timings and titles to be broadly as shown, but there may be slight updates as we get closer to the event.

Day 1: Thursday 21 March

  • 13:00: Zoom opens for chat / testing
  • 13:25: Welcome to the 2024 UHMLG Spring Forum
  • 13:30: Martin Compton: I Only Know That I Know Nothing: Why We All Need to be Engaging With AI
  • 14:35: Adele Kenny: Enhancing Research Culture at Warwick Medical School
  • 15:30: UHMLG Future Planning
  • 16:00: Jane Wilkinson: NHS Workforce Plan and HEIs
  • 17:00: Close

Day 2: Friday 22 March

  • 09:00: Zoom open for chat / testing
  • 09:25: Welcome to Day 2
  • 09:30: Jasmina Makljenovic: A Journey to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  • 10:35: Randomised Coffee Trial
  • 11:40: Speaker TBC
  • 12:35: Close

The Talks…

I Only Know That I Know Nothing: Why We All Need to be Engaging With AI

Dr Martin Compton, Programme, Module & Assessment Design Lead, King’s Academy, KCL

As much as social media, popular culture and your average person on the South Kensington omnibus might crave it, few issues and phenomena can readily be accepted as completely good or bad. Nuance and complexity define many of the issues we (all of academia from academic staff to professional services to students) grapple with. AI broadly and Generative AI in particular is a fascinating example of how even the most highly educated can lean heavily into binary thinking and become trenchant resistors or ardent evangelists for innovations which we still know very little about in terms of implications broadly as well as for teaching, learning and assessment. In many ways it’s understandable. How are we supposed to make sense of the competing narratives and draw conclusions about utility, relevance and ethics for our own work and the ways in which we support students? In this session, Martin will argue that despite the many (some HUGE) unknowns and ongoing issues, we have an obligation to engage with these technologies to a degree. How and to what extent we need to determine for ourselves but in making this case Martin will offer some examples from his own work and those he supports at KCL.

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