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Monday, June 28, 2004

Teleconference on change management

Monday 5 July : 9.30 and 3.30
As part of the FOLIO module on Change Management, Dr Graham Walton (who wrote the chapter on Change Management in the new Walton and Booth book) will be giving an online lecture which will be open to anyone who is interested. The lecture will take place on 5th July - at 9.30 and repeated at 3.30. As usual, you’ll need to dial in a few minutes before the call starts so we can start on time. All you need is a phone, an Internet connection and 15 spare minutes! A great opportunity to learn more about change management from an expert in the field.
On the day:
1) Find an internet connected PC next to a phone, preferably where you will not be disturbed.
2) Call 0800 3583795 (freephone) and when prompted enter the access code 771239, followed by #.
3) Log on to the Internet and open your web browser. The presenter will guide you to the tour presentation during the conference call.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

NeLH Bloglines Demonstrator for RSS

I am sure following my previous blogs you have rushed out and are now happily getting the benefits of aggregating Really Simply Syndication (RSS)feeds. For those undecided or without sufficient time or those who no idea to what I refer I have created a Bloglines demonstrator.

I hope you can see how to put together increasingly useful information in one place together with less work related items. In the working demo I have included all the NeLH feed including DLnet together with Hubmed search strings( select a keyword search and the results are constantly updated), BBC feeds together with Microsoft secutity fixes, eBay alerts and a Dilbert comic strip.

To access the Bloglines account User=nelh@nhsia.nhs.uk pass=library. Feel free to add your feeds and dont worry if it it gets broken I will fix it.

You can slectively export from this account to your own simply by clicking on tell a friend link.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Evidence in Practice Award - entry even easier!

Entry for the NeLH Evidence in Practice Award is now even easier, with a simple online form to fill in. The closing date has been extended to 30th July to allow more time for completing entries. What are you waiting for? ;-)

Google and librarians

Posted to MEDLIB-L this week:
Librarians have increasingly seen people use online search sites not to supplement research libraries but to replace them.


Friday, June 18, 2004


Freepint have a long but useful article on RSS.
Don't forget NeLH pages

Wednesday, June 16, 2004


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Office 2003-At last a perk

Did you know that NHS employees can purchase a full copy of Office 2003 Professional to use on their HOME PC for £17.31 including shipping and VAT?

To obtain your software( no manuals) you will need an NHS email address. If you are interested drop us a line as you will need a "program code". Initially we believed we had the code for the NHS ..unfortunately not so. We are currently investigating where in each trust the code can be obtained from.

Home Use Program

Whats on offer

SLA conference

The SLA Conference has just finished - you can follow what happened at the InfoToday blog. Some of the papers are available on the SLA website, which is worth taking a look at anyway.

Friday, June 11, 2004

New NeLH search

Resource Alert : NeLH Search Engine
Now searches Specialist Libraries as well as the content the pilot searched, and has improved retrieval
  • Results displayed differently (see below)
  • Search box available from the NeLH homepage as before.
  • Search also available from each Specialist Library, allowing you to search each library individually, or all NeLH content at once

Date of change
11th June 2004
The pilot search engine needed to be updated, and content from the Specialist Libraries integrated into the search
The search engine is now much more powerful, so it is worth recommending to users
Results are now split up into different categories of information, in line with how the Specialist Libraries present their information. Clicking the bold blue title takes you to a page giving more detail about the resource. Clicking the paler blue web address under each result takes you directly to the resource.

Learning brokers

Recent reports talk about success of learning brokers. Press release with more information here

Insider knowledge from Google

BBC Online has an interview with Matt Cutts from Google.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Healthcare Library goes to the Mad Stad

We managed to get a stand at our local PCT's TIPS event - this stands for Time for Improving Patient Services and is their name for Protected Learning Time. It was held at the Madjeski Stadium (home of the Biscuit Men).

There were over 50 stands and around 300 people attended including exhibitors. The idea was to showcase your service and show off what you do. We did a large poster about the library took lots of leaflets and did goody bags.

I use goody bags from partybox.co.uk - blue paper ones and stick Nelh stickers on the outside. Inside are Nelh goodies (pencil and monitor clip), fold out Nelh leaflet and our leaflets and a snack sized chocolate bar. These turned out to be an excellent way of enticing people to our stand and word soon spread - the lure of chocolate seems particularly effective!

I can also report that lots of people said yes when we asked if they used Nelh which is excellent.

Rowena Perry

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Have you used NeLH to help improve health care?

Here's an opportunity to tell the world and win a prize :-)
Write a 750 word case study and you could be in with a chance of winning a PDA and a conference bursary - more details on the above link.

Prizes to be awarded at the 2nd UK Clinical Librarians Conference which is well worth attending. The programme looks great and we'll be there too - what more could you ask for?!

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Handy quotes

This was posted to the CLIN-LIB mailing list this week: