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Pills, Skills and toothaches: Planning a Library Walking Tour

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Lynsey Hawker, information specialist, Kings Fund. Presentation at ALISS wellbeing conference 21st August 2019

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Pills, Skills and toothaches: Planning a Library Walking Tour

  1. 1. © The King's Fund 2019 Pills skills and toothaches: planning a library walking tour Lynsey Hawker Information Specialist The Kings Fund
  2. 2. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Our route today…
  3. 3. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Who we are The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. • Help to shape policy through research and analysis • Develop individuals, teams and organisations • Promote understanding of the heath and social care system • Bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate
  4. 4. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Our history We were founded in 1897 by the Prince of Wales – who would later become King Edward VII – to help London’s voluntary hospitals We celebrated our 120th anniversary in 2017…
  5. 5. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Library engagement and promotion activities The library as a space for learning and for wellbeing for our staff and our users. The digital archive and our unique history
  6. 6. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Planning the walk
  7. 7. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Top tips • Theme? • Circular vs non-circular • How long is your tour? • Practice (It takes longer when you have people with you!) • How many people?
  8. 8. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Top tips • Where to stand when you stop to look/talk about something • What time of day? • You don’t have to remember everything! • Don’t throw away your notes! • If tweeting use a hashtag for your walk
  9. 9. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Pills, skills and toothaches… marketing the walk
  10. 10. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Measuring Impact • Record number of attendees • Follow up email (feedback survey) • Twitter
  11. 11. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Telling stories • Raises awareness of our services and our historical collection/library space • Engage with new audiences externally (other organisations, researchers, overseas) • Raises our profile internally (KF Mingle, Away days, Healthcare Improvement Alliance Europe )
  12. 12. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 The Future • Collaboration with other teams • Develop the offer • New routes • Self-guided tours • Themed walks
  13. 13. © The King's Fund 2019© The King's Fund 2018 Contact details Lynsey Hawker l.hawker@kingsfund.org.uk Enquiries library@kingsfund.org.uk For upcoming walking tour dates and to book visit kingsfund.org.uk/libraryevents

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