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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Emergency Care and Diabetes Specialist Library flyers

Also, there are updated versions of the POD templates for these leaflets, available from www.nelh.nhs.uk/dlnet/pod.asp


Robodemo for Screening Specialist Library

Just to let you know that there is a new robodemo for the Screening Specialist Library available from www.nelh.nhs.uk/dlnet/robodemos.asp - you can run the Shockwave version in your web browser, or download the zipped file, save it on your computer, and use it for off-line demos.

Any comments, please email.



Tuesday, January 25, 2005

EBM for librarians

Are you interested in learning about evidence-based practice? Would you like to use your information and teaching skills to assist health professionals to find good quality evidence? If so, read on...

The NeLH Librarian Development Programme is pleased to offer sponsorship for 5 librarians to attend the "Workshop on the Practice of Evidence-Based Medicine/Mental Health" run by the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM), Oxford. You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of critical appraisal, and experience in the practice of evidence-based health care at the 3 day workshop in March (21st - 23rd): http://www.cebm.net/view_course.asp?course_id=7
Thanks to a successful pilot scheme that included librarian tutors in the main EBM workshop in September 2004, this year librarian tutors are required again to teach on the 5 day EBM workshop in September: http://www.cebm.net/view_course.asp?course_id=1. Librarians can practice and enhance the skills learnt from attending the March workshop, and will teach other participants to find good quality evidence.

NeLH Sponsorship covers the March workshop fee of £850 which includes course materials, refreshments, lunches and workshop dinner. Ideally, applicants must be available to participate in both the March and September 2005 workshops. If you are able to teach at the September workshop, your fees, accommodation and meals will be covered by the course organisers.
Applicants would be responsible for organising their own accommodation and travel for the March workshop.

You must be employed involved directly in teaching searching skills to health professionals in the NHS. Librarians that are not employed by the NHS are eligible to apply for the places on the course, but priority will be given to NHS librarians or academic librarians providing services to NHS staff.
If you're interested in this opportunity, please send a few paragraphs to Fran by 21st February, outlining your skills and background, and why you would like to attend this EBM workshop. You'll need to gain your line manager's approval in order to receive sponsorship so that we can be sure you will be given time to attend the courses.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Clore Leadership Programme

I came across this through a library source (can't remember which) around Christmas (hence the fuzzy memory!!).

Clore Leadership Programme : "aims to help in cultivating a new generation of cultural leaders for the UK. Fellows are selected annually, from the cultural sector or beyond, to undertake a year-long programme of work, research, training and secondment designed to develop the leadership skills and experience of each individual"

Last year's intake included librarians. This year's applications begin next week.


Monday, January 10, 2005

Single Search goes live

Message from Colin Davies, Single Search Environment Project Manager....

The National Library for Health single search engine (SSE) is now live and is available at www.library.nhs.uk. This is the first phase of the National Library for Health (NLH) website and work is now beginning on phase 2.

We have had a great response to the initial acceptance testing completed by librarians for the single search environment. Further testing of user navigation and searching is scheduled for mid January and is being undertaken by an external organisation.

Phase 2 will focus on implementing recommendations made during the testing period, connecting additional resources (including locally purchased resources) and the localisation and personalisation of the NLH site. Some consultation work has taken place, led by the LKDN Informatics, and further consultation will take place.

More resources will be made available via the single search engine, but this takes time, as 'connectors' have to be built. The SSE team recognise that there may be some confusion as to which site (NeLH or NLH) to access. Managers should decide, but please be aware that resources will migrate from the NeLH site to the NLH site over the next few months and will be incorporated into the NLH single search directory, which provides direct links to individual resources.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Single Search Environment

Thanks to those of you who contributed to our testing in December - 53 of you sent in feedback after taking part. Some changes have been made to the SSE as a direct result of this, other suggestions were already on the list of future development work, and other comments have been added to a list for discussion by the team. All the feedback was incredibly helpful. For a summary of the feedback, the responses from the SSE team, and details of what changes have been made, please go to http://www.library.nhs.uk/forLibrarians/ and click on the first link under Relevant Documents. If you didn't take part in the testing, and want to see what each numbered item refers to, there is also a link to the testing document from the same page.
If you wish to comment further, please email nelh@nhsia.nhs.uk

The search will go live on the NLH site (www.library.nhs.uk) on Monday 10th January. Work on the next phase then begins in earnest. We are also having some usability testing carried out independently, which will help to inform future developments and improvements.

To help inform end users about the search, the options available, and the types of resources they will find in their results, there is now a new 2-page template on the DLnet POD page - http://www.nelh.nhs.uk/dlnet/pod.asp, called NLH Search - quick introduction. There is space for you to add your own library details - you'll need to choose the Save option when you click on the link to download the file.

There are also the robodemo and powerpoint files available from http://www.library.nhs.uk/searchdemo/, for any offline demonstrations you might do.

Best wishes

Fran Wilkie
on behalf of the SSE Team

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Super Librarian!

And this site amused me no end - quite fancy a super librarian laptop bag!

You can check if you are a super librarian here: http://www.superlibrarian.org/Resources/sl10ways.htm


Promotional ideas from America

Hi all
Just noticed this page from the ALA - http://www.ala.org/ala/pio/campaign/nlw/nationallibraryweek.htm
Maybe some ideas for your libraries, and some forward thinking for another health libraries week....?