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

Friday, February 27, 2004

Change management toolkit

Resource - to be renamed Museums, Libraries and Archives Council - have updated their change management toolkit

FOLIO programme of online learning for librarians

In case you missed earlier announcements on discussion lists, here is some information on the forthcoming FOLIO course, from Andrew Booth:

Following the successful piloting of the FOLIO courses for librarians the National electronic Library for Health - Librarian Development Programme in association with the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield is pleased to announce the first of 12 funded courses to be delivered over the next two years.

The first course will run from Monday 22nd March-Tuesday 11th May (excluding Easter week and the May Bank Holiday) with a further 10 days for submission of a learning portfolio. It is entitled Information for Social Care.

So if you work in a library or information unit that serves UK NHS staff and:
  • You would like to learn more about how to provide library services across the health-social care interface, and
  • You can commit to a programme that runs over 30 working days in March, April and May, and
  • You feel that e-learning, delivered via email and the Web suits your preferred working style

Then, access http://www.nelh.nhs.uk/folio/ and download and complete the application form. A flyer with learning aims and objectives is also available form the folio site. Return it ASAP to P.J.Campsell@sheffield.ac.uk

Please note that although this course is funded by the National electronic Library for Health and is therefore free at the point of delivery places are strictly limited. A total of 44 places (to assure the quality of interaction) will be allocated on a strict geographical basis to ensure initial equity of access.

And don’t worry if you don’t ”make the cut” for FOLIO #1. You will then have an even better chance to participate in one of the 11 other courses, topics soon to be decided by our Curriculum Development Group based on a recent needs analysis, over the next two years.

Enquiries (not applications) to A.Booth@sheffield.ac.uk

Overseas colleagues: We regret that for funding reasons these courses are not available at present to non-residents of the UK.

Monday, February 16, 2004

Health Events

One of the tips on DLnet is to link training with national health events. The DOH provides a list of health events.

There is also a useful website called count me in, which provides details of national events, including a section for health events.

Friday, February 13, 2004

Stat!Ref free trial till 1st April 2004

STAT!Ref® Electronic Medical Library enables users to cross-search more than 50 core medical references, in full text book format with tables and graphics, such as Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, Hurst's the Heart and PIER (Physicians' Information and Education Resource) the American College of Physician's electronic, evidence-based guide designed to improve diagnosis and treatment of diseases. All titles are available on CD or Online. In addition PIER is available on PDA with the Palm(tm) Operating System.

A free, 60 day trial, of the STAT!Ref collection will be available from 1st February, please contact Luisa Parrado mailto: l.parrado@thompsonhenry.co.uk for a username and password.

Full details about these books can be found at http://www.statref.com/


Michael - Bradford Teaching Hospitals

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Different skill levels

I often have a mixture of people attending my training sessions and find that some spend a few minutes completing exercises and others just don't get to the end.

Rather than have lots of different exercises for when someone finishes early get them to tour NeLH resources.

Once they have finished the exercises they can spend a few minutes on a tour as they wait for everyone else to catch up.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Advanced Literature Searching

Do you want to train people to become "advanced searchers"? At Pennine Acute we were getting feedback that the introduction to literature searching training sessions were "too basic". A lot of people already know the subject areas of the databases and the difference between freetext and thesaurus searching.
How could we develop a more advanced session?
Well we have based it on the popular book, How to read a paper. The book has a literature searching chapter outlining common problems searchers have. We translated the problems to meet our needs and guide users through the solutions. Feedback so far has been excellent.