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Monday, March 21, 2005

Change requests for Cochrane on Wiley InterScience

This message was sent to the Cochrane Library User Group:

At it's February 2004 meeting, the Steering Group approved the procedure for introducing new developments / changes to The Cochrane Library on Wiley InterScience. This involves an annual introduction of new features or enhancements, with Issue 1 of every year.

In a nutshell, the process is...
1. All requests for new functionality, features, corrections, changes to the way information is displayed, additional content or services must be submitted no later than April 2005.
2. Change request forms are to be used to submit requests. This greatly helps in the evaluation and prioritisation of developments. While all requests will be considered, we cannot guarantee
that they can be implemented.
3. Publication Policy Group (PPG) will review all requests and prioritise for consideration and review by Wiley.
4. PPG and Wiley will together agree the developments for implementation.
5. Requirements documents, wireframes, information architecture and functional specifications prepared for review between June and September 2005.
6. Development and testing will take place in latter half of 2005.
7. The October Colloquium in Melbourne will provide an opportunity to showcase forthcoming enhancements.
8. Enhancements will appear in Issue 1, January 2006 (or as per an agreed schedule)

To request changes, you must use the Change Request form, and send them in by 30th April 2005.
I've put a copy of the form up in the box on the right hand side of the DLnet homepage


Friday, March 18, 2005

NLH CPD study

As you may know, NLH commissioned a study into learning and development needs of library staff. The study has been carried out by Christine Urquhart and colleagues at University of Wales Aberystwyth and will report shortly. The report will be shared online on the NLH website.

To mark the final report of the study and to talk about how we take forward some of the recommendations, NLH is running an event on 5 May. The venue is yet to be confirmed but it will be in Birmingham. The day will start at around 10.30-11.00 and finish at 3.00. The day will include a presentation from Christine, group discussion, panel discussion and of course, lunch!

If you're interested in attending, please can you email me alison.turner@nhsia.nhs.uk. Details are a bit vague but in order to get the date in busy diaries, I thought it would be best to at least get the date to you now!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

"Blogs And Podcasts Can Harm Your Job Prospects"

An interesting article warning bloggers of the hazards of ill considered blogs. The comments at the bottom of the article contain several links to related websites. The article can be found on the Health Informatics Community website. This is the summary from last weeks HIC e-bulletin:

"Commenting on your working life in blogs and podcasts over the internet could cost you your job. A British employee faced losing his job in January for gross misconduct for criticising his employer in a blog."

Click here to read the article

Friday, March 11, 2005

Advertising campaign

In response to Andy's earlier question, here's some more information about the current advertising campaign.

It grew out of the UK-wide collaboration from Health Libraries Week. As journals cover the whole UK, it was felt a campaign advertising all 4 electronic libraries (and promoting local library services) was appropriate.

The idea of an ad campaign was mentioned back at the roadshows last summer but we were unable to get the adverts placed in time for HLW, so didn't subsequently mention it in our plans for the week. We appreciate this wasn't sufficient information and advance notice for library services would have been preferable.

As Ann Wales has described in her posting to lis-medical, the term "Knowledge grid for health" was a metaphor designed to sum up seamless access to information across the UK - kind of like the National Grid. It's not a product or service, and apologies for any confusion this has caused. As all four countries have differing health agendas it was necessary to use a "neutral" and previously unused phrase to enable a joint advertising campaign.

Here are the journals which featured in the campaign:
Diabetes Digest
British Journal of Midwifery
Nursing Standard
British Journal of Psychiatry
British Journal of Dermatology
Journal of Infection
Archives of Disease in Childhood
Airways Extra
Emergency Medicine Journal
Emergency Nurse
Ambulance UK
Paediatric Nursing
Pharmacy Product Guide
Geriatric Medicine
BMJ Clinical Research

These were selected on the basis of readership and advice from Specialist Library teams. The GP edition of BMJ was excluded as GPs had already received NLH resource cards with their latest issue of Clinical Evidence.

We hope this helps to clarify some of the thinking behind the campaign. We appreciate some lessons have to be learned from the campaign and these will inform preparations for Health Libraries Week 2005.

Alison and Fran

Tuesday, March 08, 2005


Dear All

As this is my penultimate working day I thought I would blog a farewell. Been great working with DLNet and has been good meeting many of you at events.

I thank Alison and Fran for their support especially over the last year which has been... challenging.

It's been fun (mostly).

Fran and Alison will continue to support you and I hope you will support them over the next year which maybe as challenging.

Best Wishes to you all.


Monday, March 07, 2005

Free marketing newsletter

Just came across this on an email list - Chris Olson (who does a lot of work with SLA) has a free newsletter which you can read on the web or sign up to have it sent by email. Marketing Treasures : http://www.chrisolson.com/marketingtreasures/