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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Clinical Librarian Survey

Just a quick message to let you know about some work underway at Leicester, sponsored by NeLH. Led by Linda Ward, a team is running a Clinical Librarian Survey. The finishing touches are being worked on and will go out to health librarians very shortly. Take a look at the questionnaire. Linda will be mailing discussion lists soon to inform you when the questionnaire goes live.

A direct challenge to Nick - Strangest place to mention NeLH

Well I really can say now that I am truly obsessed with NeLH as demonstrated on Friday night. There I was after the invigorating 2 day workshop ready to tell just about anyone who would listen about the joys of NeLH. It came about somewhat strangely....

I was sitting in the sauna after being at the gym minding my own business as you do, with one other gentleman in there with me. Me being a friendly wee soul I started to make small talk, we came onto jobs and low and behold he was an ambulance driver ...and quicker than he could take his towel and run I had cornered him and had sold him on the virtues of NeLH, given him the web address (more like drummed it into him being short of a pen and paper) and offered to give him and his crew one-to-one training when I was back in the office!

Now Nick, you have to admit that definitely stands up to your motorway madness!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Workshop for Primary Care Librarians

We had a great time at our workshop with Primary Care Librarians last week - for those of you who couldn't make it, we're gradually adding slides and notes onto www.nelh.nhs.uk/dlnet/primarycare. We're planning another workshop sometime in October 04 or January 05, plus a conference call somewhere in the interim.

Monday, January 26, 2004

Launch of NeLH Specialist Library for Child Health

National electronic Library for Health Launches Child Health and Paediatrics Specialist Library

The NeLH Child Health and Paediatrics Specialist Library was launched today (26 January 2004) in Sheffield. Dr Mark Everard, Consultant Paediatrician at Sheffield Children's Hospital and the clinical lead for the library, said:

“I’m pleased to launch this innovative resource for all health professionals working in child health. The library provides access to a wide range of resources across child health, giving access to the best available evidence.”

The Child Health and Paediatrics Specialist Library has been developed working with many different groups in Child Health. This collaboration has allowed the Specialist Library to index over 1,000 resources at the time of launch.

To coincide with the launch of the Specialist Library a week of promotional activities are taking place throughout the country. An online tour of the Child Health and Paediatrics Specialist Library is also available, with an audio commentary: http://www.nelh.nhs.uk/tour/childhealth/childhealth1.asp?script=childhealth&slide=0

Fiona Smith, Paediatric Adviser at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) added:
“The library is an excellent resource for all nurses working with children and young people. The electronic mailing list is particularly valuable to alert busy professionals working with children.”

The Library welcomes all feedback to childhealth@shef.ac.uk and encourages you to sign up to their mailing list.

Monday, January 19, 2004

Update + January 2004

Update + is now available on the NeLH web site.

Sunday, January 18, 2004

International Special Librarians Day

....will be on April 22nd this year. Visit http://www.sla.org/content/memberservice/communication/pr/isldweb/index.cfm for more info - although it was still displaying 2003 info when I last looked! The Top 10 Reasons for Using a Library or Information Centre are a good read.

Monday, January 12, 2004

Tip for explaining MeSH concept

Using a 'sweets' analogy seems to work quite well. E.g. you are looking for articles about sweets. You want to find articles about all sweets, not just particular ones. If you search by keyword, you’ll have to think of all the names of sweets from fizzy cola cubes and pear drops to aniseed balls and gobstoppers – an impossible task. So instead of doing a keyword search which will only look for the specific words (i.e. sweet names) you type in, you do a subject search in the hope of identifying a term that is used to group all these different types of sweets together.
That’s the general gist anyway, and it seems to click with people.

Zoë Debenham, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

Sunday, January 11, 2004

Interesting report from OCLC

Quoted from the site:
"The 2003 OCLC Environmental Scan: Pattern Recognition report was produced for OCLC’s worldwide membership to examine the significant issues and trends impacting OCLC, libraries, museums, archives and other allied organizations, both now and in the future. The scan provides a high-level view of the information landscape, intended both to inform and stimulate discussion about future strategic directions. "