Thursday, 30 April 2015

Literature search tips: PROSPERO database

This week’s literature search tip comes from our Clinical Information Search Service Officer, Joanna Yeoman:

If you're assisting with a systematic review and need to find out whether the review has already been written, use PROSPERO database to check.

PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care and is available here.

We hope you like today's tip! Stay tuned for more and please do share your thoughts in the comments field below or on our Twitter page.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Literature search tips - InterTASC Information Specialists' Sub-Group (ISSG) website

This week’s literature search tip comes from our Clinical Librarian, Sarah Sutton and our Clinical Information Search Service Officer, Joanna Yeoman:

The InterTASC Information Specialists' Sub-Group (ISSG) website is a useful resource for search filters.

The Search Filters by Study Design provides suggestions for filters in different database, so if you were looking for ways to search for systematic reviews, this would give you some examples.

There is also a whole load of useful information, such as methods for developing your search.

We hope you like today's tip! Stay tuned for more and please do share your thoughts in the comments field below

Friday, 17 April 2015

Recently published evidence updates

The following Evidence Updates have been published this month, detailing the latest evidence and literature.

Anaesthesia & critical care
Emergency Medicine

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to find out when an evidence update is hot off the press!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Register for MLA'15, Librarians Without Limits
At MLA ’15, “Librarians without Limits,” in Austin, you will network with 2,300 friends and colleagues who share your passion for the value of using health information to improve health and get reenergized with new ideas and understanding of new opportunities. There is no limit to what you can learn, including:
  • latest trends in technology
  • best practices in service
  • effective leadership techniques
  • ways to enhance intellectual growth
  • ideas to improve services at your library
  • new, innovative resources for efficiency and cost savings
 Build your case to attend the meeting by focusing on these and many more benefits.
Online Meeting Scheduler
MLA's online scheduler will help you navigate the meeting: It includes an online program, exhibit hall floor plan, lists of exhibits and lists of attendees. Note, access to My Plan and Online Meeting Content (session recordings) is limited to only paid annual meeting registrants. If you would like access, signup for e-Conference Registration (package D) at For information about Online Meeting Content, see:

MLA '15 Mobile App
MLA will be launching the MLA '15 mobile app in the coming weeks. Attendees will be able to search exhibitor listings in a similar way as they currently do on the MLA online scheduler. Stay tuned for more information on the MLA '15 mobile app.

Welcome Reception / Opening of Exhibits - Celebrating Austin’s Culture
The theme of Saturday night's opening of the exhibit hall will be "Celebrating Austin's Culture." Whether dressing like your favorite Austin City Limits performer or kickin’ back in your boots and bandana, the Opening Reception will celebrate all that is Austin – the live music capitol of the world.  Attendees are invited to enjoy the flavors of southwest food and some local music while reconnecting with colleagues old and new. Exhibitors are encouraged to incorporate the theme into their opening night plans.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

A day in the life of a clinical librarian

Hello and welcome to our second post in our brand new blog series, A day in the life of a clinical librarian. This is a monthly series sharing what a day at work for those working in clinical librarianship actually looks like and finding out about the person behind the job.

This month we've had the pleasure of interviewing a lovely, clinical librarian from Australia!

Who are you and where do you work?
Hello! I’m Catherine Voutier and work full time at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The RMH is a large metropolitan hospital operating over 2 campuses. It has almost 1000 beds, specialty clinics, a major trauma service, and the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service.  It is the oldest hospital in Victoria, opening just after the Gold Rush.

How long have you been there?
I have just started my fifth year here. I joined the Health Sciences Library team on the 14th February 2011. I’m just at the cusp of that "been here forever" and newness stage.

What attracted you to Clinical Librarianship?
I was attracted to the varied activities that clinical librarians were involved in. A much more expanded role than the standard medical librarian role. There are not many clinical librarians in Australia – it is still a role that is gaining acceptance.

What does an average day at work involve?
The average day involves a journal club, perhaps a patient discharge/outpatients audit meeting, meeting with hospital staff to discuss projects, database searching, and teaching and planning education activities. My first ward round experience will be in August. Here at RMH, rounds are called ward service. And of course, every day involves sending and reading email!

If you weren’t a Librarian, what would you be?
Well now, this is a tough question! When I was a child I thought I would like to be a plumber. I thought that was a sensible option (I must have been about 8 at the time). My first job out of university was at an art conservation laboratory and I loved it. I wanted to be a conservator but there was no training in Australia at the time. Now, I think I might have ended up being a museum curator or working in the event industry.

Tell us a joke or a non-work fact about yourself
I like to make my Mum laugh. She bought a book not long ago that had the title “What I know for Sure” so I just had to ask her, is it a big book or a small book? Tee hee!!