Digital Libraries Network is for health librarians and trainers in the UK, interested in promotion and training.

Monday, June 30, 2003

Confucius said "What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand". There are various updated versions of this, along the lines of "we remember 20% of what we read, 30% of what we hear, 40% of what we see, 50% of what we say, 60% of what we do, and 90% of what we see, hear, say, and do". Add to that, the different learning styles adopted by people and trainers have a lot to think about! There's lots of info on the net about learning styles - try testing yourself to discover your own learning style. The University of St Thomas links to several online tests. If you enjoy taking online tests, take a step further and try the BBC's What Kind of Thinker are You? test.

Sunday, June 29, 2003

An interesting site, Library Media & PR is published by Stephanie Stokes Design. One of my favourite bits currently appears on the home page - a rundown of "Mickey's 10 Commandments" showing what libraries can learn from Disney about attracting people. From a conference paper delivered by a Disney executive, the list of commandments covers the basics with a bit of fun. Number 1 is Know your audience - the others are as simple and although based on common sense, useful as a reminder of what we should be doing.
I'm just getting my head around e-learning and it appears now need to think about m-learning! In her latest book, "E-learning and teaching in library and information services", Barbara Allan suggests that "the future of e-learning is going to include m-learning (mobile learning) based on handsets such as mobile phones, and increased use of the voice via virtual communication tools". Facet, 2002, ISBN 1-85604-439-4.

Friday, June 27, 2003

Here in the NeLH team, we've been experimenting with a Tablet PC at training and promotional events. It's been great fun, not least because it has GPRS - at one exhibition, the network crashed so the PCs on our exhibition stands were more ornamental than useful for a while. But with our Tablet PC, we could go online and demonstrate all our resources on a handy portable and decent-sized screen. This week's E-Health-Media includes a write-up by a hospital doctor, using a Tablet PC on the wards. An interesting development to watch.
American Library Association's Library Instruction Round Table Top 20 lists key articles on information literacy and library instruction published during 2002. Many of the articles come from academic libraries but seem to offer valuable lessons for all types of libraries. Read the list online - you'll need to scroll through the newsletter to find the Top 20.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

The new buzzword is agile - as reported in the latest Library and Information Update (July 03) from CILIP. The article reports on a TFPL seminar - concluding that we should not be content with offering a support service - as librarians, we should embed ourselves in our organisations - "gatecrashing meetings", "getting involved in other departments' innovations". The article also emphasises the importance of networks for offering support and help - a reassuring message as we launch DLnet :-)

Monday, June 23, 2003

Interesting article in latest D-Lib magazine, reporting on an essay contest on “The Academic Libraries in 2012”. This article summarises the entries and concludes with an interesting look at how libraries functioned in 1992, 2002 and how they are imagined to be in 2012. The conclusions consider how the following might change: information available, access to information, study space, instruction, organisational aspects, computer access in addition to other aspects of delivering library services.
The Medical Library Association conference features roundtable discussions on issues facing librarians. See write-ups of the 2002 marketing and training discussions. These are a good source of ideas, e.g. making "house calls" to departments and wards; information prescriptions; identifying hooks for attracting users.

Friday, June 20, 2003

The special issue of Health Information and Libraries Journal, on Evidence-based Librarianship, contains 2 interesting articles on training:
- Brettle A, Information skills training: a systematic review of the literature, p3-9
- Cheng GYT, Educational workshop improved information-seeking skills, knowledge, attitudes and the search outcome of hospital clinicians: a randomised controlled trial, p22-33.
Volume 20, Supplement 1. Abstracts and pay per view available at Blackwell Synergy.

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Lots of other librarians are blogging too! Take a look at some of them, at this Library Weblogs list.
CILIP's Weekly Information World (sign up at CILIP's web site) points to a recent story reporting how the Internet is replacing libraries as a source of research. A recent report from CERLIM's EDNER project supports this - showing that for 45% of students, Google is their first port of call when searching for information. Download the report from CERLIM's web site.

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

A fun and slightly off topic web site - Libraries of the Future - which asked children to describe what libraries are like now, what they'll be like in 2150, what librarians will be like in 2150 and what they like about using libraries. Some good answers - e.g. "The librarians will all be robots and have really big brains that know everything!!!!!!!!!!!" - as you'd expect, lots of references to robot librarians and magic libraries. I'm not sure whether I should be comforted or worried :-)
Marketing Library Services has a report on the 2002 IFLA/3M International Marketing Award. The three winning entries were all from public libraries but the author gives a quick overview of entries from other types of library too. Winners of the 2003 competition will be announced in August at IFLA's Conference in Berlin.

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

NHS Clinical Teaching resource
Just come across this in latest issue of "Health information on the Internet". A resource primarily for clinical teachers, but includes modules relevant to all e.g. Understanding Teaching and Learning. Free and open to all; registering on the site means you get a certificate for completing modules.
Review into impact of training
Attempt to assess effect of training on health professionals' skills - a systematic review which found a number of studies but only reviewed 3. Concludes there's no clear evidence but advocates an experimental approach backed up by evaluation. Also suggests need for more research measuring impact using objective and reliable instruments.
Garg & Turtle, Effectiveness of training health professionals in literature search skills using electronic health databases - a critical appraisal, Health Info & Libs Jnl, 2003, 33-41.

Monday, June 16, 2003

Welcome to the DLnet weblog, for UK health librarians interested in promotion and training. This blog is designed to help us share ideas and best practice - use it to pass on tips and tricks, and snippets of useful information.