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

Friday, September 24, 2004

fancy dress for HLW

Does anyone have any suggestions? Someone with a connection to books; a TV or film or literary character who reads a lot or is associated with books and is easily recogniseable?

Your ideas are much appreciated

Kate Jones
Library Skills Trainer
South Birmingham PCT NHS Trust

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Health Libraries Week 2004

HLW 04 Poster
Originally uploaded by Library Comms.
Literature for HLW and the NLH web page launch is being collated and packed as of today into a Promotional Pack. Subject to their being no hitches, it should arrive no later than 5 Oct. Additional top-up packs will be available shortly after from the IA Publications helpline 08453 66 00 66. To find out more about the packs contents and Health Libraries Week 2004 go to http://library.editme.com/Whatsnew

National Library for Health Search

Some dates for your diaries

The new Single Search Environment for the National Library for Health is due to have its PILOT launch for librarians on 11th October. From this date we will be asking you to participate in our usability testing and feedback your thoughts.More information about this will follow.

The search engine will then be incorporated into the new National Library for Health website, which is due to launch on the 15th November.

We are working to have some previews of this available before the launch date for you to familiarise yourselves with. Again, more information to follow.

Friday, September 17, 2004

OCLC report

From "OCLC Reports":

The newest OCLC report, 2004 Information Format Trends: Content, Not Containers, is now available as a download at the OCLC Web site.

The 2004 report picks up where the 2003 Five-Year Information Format Trends report left off...The 2004 report also builds on observations from the acclaimed Environmental Scan...

2004 Information Format Trends examines remarkable changes of the past 18 months, most significantly the "unbundling" of content from traditional containers (books, journals) and distribution methods (postal mail, resource sharing). In revisiting the idea of format evolution, we discovered that more and more, format of content matters less than the content itself.

The report lays out the top trends in content and what they may mean for libraries in the next five years:
  • Legitimacy of open-source publishing (e.g. blogs)
  • Rapidly expanding economics of microcontent
  • Repurposing of "old" content for new media
  • Multimedia content as a service for an array of portable devices

Visit http://www.oclc.org/info/2004trends/em/default.htm to download.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

A Primary Care Current Awareness Service for the NHS

In case you haven't seen earlier message to discussion lists from Sue Lacey-Bryant, it is repeated here for you....have deliberately left out the team's email addresses due to spammers but if you would like Sue's details get in touch with us at nelh@nhsia.nhs.uk

A small working group has formed, with the backing of NHSIA, to develop a Primary Care Current Awareness Service building on the experience and technical infrastructure of TIN (see http://www.tin.nhs.uk/home/keeping-up-to-date). This is one of several new NHS wide services planned to deliver benefits to users and raise the profile of libraries as part of the first stage of the development of the National Library for Health.

Contributors to TIN find that by pooling their work they can realise time savings while extending the services each library can provide, benefiting from the input and expertise of colleagues within the wider network while sharing local work with a wider audience. Meanwhile, technical developments offer us fresh opportunities to extend the range of services we can offer primary care users, using RSS feeds to develop and link into a range of current awareness services - categorised by subject and by discipline, and focussed on both managerial and clinical issues facing primary care staff.

Our aim is to start small, and build gradually, taking this forward as a collaborative development with colleagues around the country. We see opportunities for multiple partners to share resources, contributing to a pool of services that can be freely used (and customised) by librarians in a number of different ways to deliver and support both current awareness and more selective dissemination of information.

Would you like to get involved? Perhaps you are already providing current awareness services, using RSS feeds, or are keen to develop new targeted services to meet the needs of primary care staff? You are invited to get in touch with me to indicate your interest (and perhaps give me some background on your service). Should you have any thoughts on taking forward this service development, or queries, by all means contact any one of the working group (listed below).

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sue Lacey Bryant - on behalf of the Primary Care Current Awareness Service working group:

David Brunt
Kieran Lamb
Sue Lacey Bryant
Clive Warren

Background information on RSS is available at http://www.northmerseylis.nhs.uk/doclib/RSS%20Feeds.doc and http://www.unn.ac.uk/central/isd/weblogs.htm.
As an example, see BIOME and http://biome.ac.uk/whatsnew/news/searchbox-june04.html

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Teaching Librarian

Stephen Francoeur the Teaching Librarian explores the intersection of reference services, technology and teaching. Comes with of course the obligatory blog. Some interesting stuff here worth looking at.

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Residential workshops in 2005

A while ago I announced dates for a primary care workshop (11-12 Jan) and a DLnet residential (8-9 March). These events are now postponed until later in 2005.

The reason why....?

As part of the National Library for Health programme, I'm working with the LKDN Workforce Development Group and the Health Libraries Group, on a systematic programme of CPD for all library staff. We want to really get to grips with CPD to build on the excellent work already happening locally and nationally. We're starting by commissioning some desk research to pull together the training needs analyses already carried out. We hope you'll agree it makes sense to wait until we have the results from this research before running longer residential events.