Thursday, November 12, 2009
This will be the 5th study day we have run and this time we are keen to find out what themes or sessions other Clinical Librarians would like to see included. Early study days often included sessions on how to set up a CL service, and although we have focused on different topics in the last two events we do still get feedback from participants that information on setting up new services is still useful. So please do let us have your thoughts on this, by commenting on this post or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can then ensure we shape the programme around the needs and suggestions of potential attendees.
Watch this space for further information and registration details, which will be available early 2010.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
We have the great pleasure in announcing that the 2010 CILIP Health Libraries Group Conference will take place on the 19th & 20th July at The Lowry, Salford Quays in the great city of Manchester.
The title of the conference is: Keeping information centre stage amongst changing scenery.
We are now issuing a call for abstracts and are asking for interested parties to submit ideas for papers by Monday 30th November 2009.
Manchester is one of the best conference cities in the UK and we have selected The Lowry at Salford Quays to host the conference because it boasts fantastic facilities in a lovely location. It is a short tram journey from the city centre, meaning that shopping, dining, accommodation, sight seeing and leisure activities are in plentiful supply.
Manchester is also very well connected and is easily accessible from anywhere in the UK. It is also home to the UK’s 4th busiest airport meaning that travel from abroad is straightforward.
More details on the conference and booking will be available nearer the time.
Conference theme - Keeping information centre stage amongst changing scenery.
2010 will be a very important year for health librarians of all sectors. The recession may tighten budgets yet further, there will probably be a general election shortly before the conference and that may result in a change in government.
The conference will seek to understand how, amidst all these factors, we can keep libraries, librarians and most importantly of all, quality information at the centre of what we do and at the centre of our organisations.
We would encourage you to consider whether you could give a presentation, however long or short, that would be of interest to delegates and/or of help to the profession.
Suggestions for topics include:
- Gaining and keeping a higher profile
- Use of Information Technology
- Evidence-based librarianship
However we will be delighted to receive abstracts on topics other than these suggestions or feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss your proposal.
Presentations could be from anything from 10 to 30 minutes, including questions, so if you’ve never presented at a conference before or if you are an expert, there is an opportunity for you here.
The closing date for abstract submissions is Monday 30th November 2009. We hope to let you know the outcome of your applications by the 31st December 2009.
Please send your abstract submissions via email to either Pip Divall, Conference Director, or Stuart Glover, Programme Lead, at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions should include the following:
- Names of author(s)
- Name of presenter(s) at the conference (if known)
- Contact details of author(s) and presenter(s) including email addresses, postal addresses and direct telephone number
- Length of presentation
- Audio-visual requirements (e.g. PowerPoint, Internet access, overheads)
- Abstract (500 word maximum)
We have set up a conference blog for the very latest information. Please visit: http://hlg2010.blogspot.com
Latest news can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Keep your eyes peeled for advance notice of the 5th Clinical Librarian Conference in Summer 2011 too!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
"When I started as a CL I didn't understand much of the medical terminology (my extensive studies of ER and Scrubs only got me so far, Grey's Anatomy wasn't around in those days). One of my colleagues has found this handy learning tool from the National Library for Medicine on medical terminology, it's aimed at patients but v. handy for CLs from an non health background.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Our Keynote Speaker, Andrew Miniuks, Head of the Content and Quality Directorate for NHS Evidence spoke to us about the new search engine. He told us that one of the main aims in designing NHS Evidence was to define "what does good look like?" Customisation of the site is set to launch later this year. Andrew said that NHS Evidence want to understand how advanced users like clinical librarians assess the performance of the FAST search engine (the new NHS Evidence main page search) relative to the current Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS or Search 2.0).
The plan for NHS Evidence is to run a user feedback-driven evaluation, so it seems like it's up to us to let them know exactly what we think.
NHS Evidence doesn't want to own the content of the results that the search engine retrieves. Each provider of evidence is accredited according to their criteria, and the plan is to re-accredit providers every 3 years. NICE were also put through the accreditation, so no easy ride for them, apparently.
The Panel Discussion featured Sarah Sutton (SS), Clinical Librarian, Andrew Miniuks (AM) and David Stewart(DS), Director of Health Libraries for North West Health Care Libraries Unit. The question of what was going to happen to the NHS Core Content resources now was asked, and AM replied that at the moment that was uncertain, but hoped for an answer by October '09. DS stated that the SHA Library Leads (SHALL) don't want to see a return to regional portals for electronic content.
AM also said that NHS Evidence would be tracking 0 hits results on the database to see why they may occur.
SS stated that NHS Evidence should really be put on every Trust's intranet pages if the NHS want users to use it instead of Google.
Another delegate asked about the workstreams that might be lost now that the National Library for Health no longer exists. DS answered that the SHALL group was planning to pick up as much of the work on the National Service Framework for Libraries, the Process Costing Framework, alerting service etc. as possible. SS then asked if SHALL is now the "mothership" for NHS librarians, and DS said yes.
AM also informed us that NHS Evidence are working on a better marketing strategy. There is an "Ambassadors' Pack" which apparently says that NHS Evidence is "no longer FOR librarians", but Linda Atkinson pointed out that the National Library for Health was never FOR librarians either, it was a LIBRARY. The general consensus of the audience was that NHS Evidence should not forget that we are their best marketing tool, and their most expert users, so alienating librarians would be a very bad move.
The following sessions Clinical Librarians: Variations a theme presented 5 different models of Clinical Librarians. These presentations are all available on our web site. Ann Daly's presentation on her model based in an acute Trust also has a very true-to-life video on it which is worth watching. Lyn Wilson is a Patient Information Librarian which sounds like a really rewarding and challenging role, and with her library's geographical position at the entrance to the hospital, a really valued role too! Stephen Ayre presented to us the organisational approach taken at his Trust, and the way in which he works closely with the Trust's Audit team. The PCT Commissioning side of things was presented to us by Richard Crookes, and his searches for "Exceptional Case Reviews" on non-commissioned treatments sounded really interesting and as though they can make a real difference for individual patient care. Hélène Gorring presented on the role of a Clinical Librarian in a Mental Health Trust which had had fabulous feedback from the clinical teams.
The two workshop sessions were in the afternoon. The first, "What are we missing?" which I facilitated along with Janette Camosso-Stefinovic, was about the different sources we use to answer clinical (and sometimes non-clinical) queries. I've written this up and added it to the study report, as well as adding the web sites mentioned to the presentation.
Louise Hull is currently making sense of the notes from the second session on search filters and as soon as she's done so I'll make sure it goes onto the web site.
We've had some really good feedback on the day, as well as few ideas for how to improve for our next study day!
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
In an emergency-call the clinical librarian!
T J Coats, S Sutton, C Vorwerk and M W Cooke
Emergency Medicine Journal 2009;26:321-323; doi:10.1136/emj.2008.065011 © 2009 BMJ Publishing Group Ltd and the College of Emergency Medicine.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Go to map: Clinical Librarians Map
(ETA: You need to be logged into Google to make this work.)
(Or just to the left of this screen.)
Select Edit button on left hand side panel
Drag & drop the placemarker to your location.
Click on OK when you’re happy.
Click on the “done” button on the left hand panel when you’ve finished.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Also, I spent Friday afternoon updating the Clinical Librarian bibliography. I'd be interested to hear of any unpublished studies that I can add to the list.
Friday, March 06, 2009
As I've been thinking about the CL contacts database, and how best to set it up, I've also been thinking about how we could map CLs so we can see at a glance where other CLs are working. I think I might have a working map here: CL Google map but I'm not totally sure I've made it work. I've been experimenting with Frappr too, but it seemed to have a mind of its own.
If anyone has any better solutions, please let me know! And if it does work, I hope you add yourselves.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Carol Lefebvre & Julie Glanville are both highly experienced searchers & developers of search filters and ran the course really well, considering it was a new one, and has quite complex content. Overall, Louise & I really enjoyed it, but felt we needed even more time to spend on looking at appraising filters and learning about translating them between interfaces and databases. Our only complaint was that we didn't spend long enough on the exercise trying out the filters and translating them.
I tend to use quite pragmatic filters in my searching, and do it in a very slapdash way, so to learn that the real way is better was no surprise! But I do wonder how much time I would have to really make use of what I have learned. I do hope so.
We found out about the web site belonging to the InterTASC Information Specialists Sub Group, which aims to identify & share best practice in information retrieval for health technology assessments. The web site is a repository for published & unpublished filters, and Carol & Julie encouraged us to add any we may find in the course of our own searching. It also contains guidance on the critical appraisal of existing filters. It looks like an excellent resource, and I am planning to make use of it in the future.
Sarah is attending the Oxford course next week, and hopefully she'll enjoy it as much as we did.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Cure your winter blues with nearly guaranteed good weather and some useful training!
For the Clinical Librarian Conference in 2006 we had wonderful sunshine, for the Study Day in 2007 another gorgeous day. Come to this years Study Day and see if we can maintain our record. And even if the weather is terrible we have a stimulating day to distract you from the view out of the windows!
You can find out all you need to know about NHS Evidence from our keynote speaker Carol Bewick, Engagement and management Programme Director, NHS Evidence. Then hear about the new areas Clinical Librarians are now working in. In the afternoon we will be finding the evidence that you may be missing by looking in new places and using new search strategies in practical workshops. All this is priced at a level that a credit crunched trust can afford. We even have a January
This day is not limited to Clinical Librarians, anyone working in health libraries will find it useful.
Please go to http://www.uhl-library.nhs.uk/CLstudydays.html to find out more and make your booking.