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Friday, December 17, 2004

Resource Alert - The Cochrane Library

New Resource Alert for the Cochrane Library is available at http://www.nelh.nhs.uk/dlnet/resourcealerts.asp

A NLH News Feed has been added to the ForLibrarians section of the NLH web site: http://www.library.nhs.uk/forLibrarians/

This is intended to keep you up to date with developments as they happen. You can read the news feed in three different ways:
- by visiting ForLibrarians pages http://www.library.nhs.uk/forLibrarians/
- by subscribing to the feed using an aggregator such as SharpReader or Bloglines – link for the feed : http://nlhnews.blogspot.com/atom.xml
- by visiting the blog at http://nlhnews.blogspot.com

As this is a new way of delivering news to you, we’d be interested to hear your feedback.

Law librarians say technology has them more in demand

Article in Memphis Business Journal - although a different sector, will sound very familiar! http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/stories/2004/12/13/focus4.html?page=1

Better Information, Better Choices, Better Health

Better Information, Better Choices, Better Health

A new document from the DoH covering health information issues with a focus on the needs of patients.

It seems to contain lots of NLH style material but no specific mention of NLH. No use of the L word at all in fact! Does anyone know which search engine they are referring to here? Is it the SSE or is it the new Google based search on nhs.uk?

Surprised to see that they have plumped for a "badge quality on the web" approach.

An interesting read...

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

NLH work on cpd needs of library staff

NLH has commissioned a study into training and development needs of library staff. This work is being carried forward in partnership with LKDN and Health Libraries Group. Following a competitive tender, the University of Wales Aberystwyth were awarded the contract to carry out this study.

The work involves 3 "chunks" of work:
  • desk research, reviewing existing training needs analyses
  • interviews with opinion leaders
  • 2 workshops for library staff (advertised via SHA leads, lis-medical, lis-nursing) : Manchester, 29 November; London, 13 December
We’ve had some feedback from people unable to attend who still want to contribute. So, the Aber team have compiled a list of questions which you're invited to comment on…. Please note this applies to ALL library staff.

These questions have also been forwarded to SHA library leads and LKDN members, who may be collating the responses in your area. Please can you send responses to nelh@nhsia.nhs.uk, preferably by 13 December. Additional comments welcomed. Many thanks!



How does the CILIP qualifications framework map to your needs - for professional qualification and for re-validation? What might the impact of UKCHIP be? What are the accreditation needs of different groups of library staff - managers, specialists, trainers, assistants...? What matters most to you locally?
More information available at http://www.cilip.org.uk/qualificationschartership/FrameworkofQualifications/

What should be delivery locally and how?
What's best delivered nationally and how?
Underpinning this is the problem all too familiar to those who provide database training is that you can provide the training, but how is it linked to practice problems, and how do learners practise their skills and gain confidence? You get the training - but how does your practice improve afterwards?

Recent evidence suggests that the current priorities include knowledge management and intranet management, content management of web sites, strategic and financial management (particularly for outreach and cross departmental working), persuading and influencing, support for e-learning (and teaching).

What are the advantages and disadvantages of mentoring, buddying, coaching? What has your experience been? How would mentoring/buddying/coaching prepare you for future career roles? How does this work for people in solo librarian positions? Would you be prepared to be a mentor/buddy/coach? What would you gain from the process, if anything?

Clinical librarians and outreach work has been viewed as an add-on to 'normal' library activity. Should we really be debating whether clinical librarian approaches and outreach are the norm? Librarians - almost as a side-effect of their professional route - have been isolated within their organisations. What career routes can you see in other areas of health informatics that might offer career pathways out of the library - as well as into the library?

NHSU news

From a DH press release (available on http://www.nhsu.nhs.uk) :
  • The new ALB structure will [...] bring together the work of the NHS Modernisation Agency, the Leadership Centre and the NHSU into a single NHS Institute for Learning, Skills and Innovation placing innovation and learning at the heart of the NHS
  • The new NHS Institute of Learning, Skills and Innovation will promote excellence and innovation across the health system incorporating the work currently carried out by the NHS University and the Modernisation Agency. It will enhance service delivery in the NHS by placing innovation, learning and leadership development at the heart of the NHS in an integrated and efficient manner