Friday, 29 April 2016

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

CISS Officer achieves ACLIP status

Congratulations to Hannah Beckitt, one of Leicester's Clinical Information Search Service Officers, who has achieved certification from CILIP. Hannah had to submit a portfolio of evidence to show how she's developed in accordance with CILIP's Professional Knowledge & Skills Base (PKSB) at personal, organstional and wider professional level. Well done Hannah for all your hard work!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Librarians take up the challenge

The Krafty Librarian suggests we test out systematic review literature searches. This could be a good activity for a group meeting of Clinical Librarians. Everyone take a SR literature search and replicate it before the meeting, then feed back on your findings at the meeting. Like me you might have found some great searching ideas this way, and also like me you might have been surprised at the brevity of the search. Time to address that aspect now perhaps!

Post by Sarah Sutton.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Evidence of the value added by trained Information Professionals

Commissioned by CILIP, the University of Salford have undertaken a piece of research to identify what evidence exists to support the employment of trained and professionally registered library, information and knowledge professionals.

This systematic review found a solid evidence base supporting the added value of trained Information Professionals in Public, Academic, School and Health settings. 

Read the full paper on the CILIP website:

Friday, 8 April 2016

Last chance for discount hotel rooms for the MLA, CHLA/ABSC, International Clinical Librarian Conference in Toronto, May 2016

Register for Mosaic ’16 “Be part of the big picture” Attend this joint meeting of the MLA, CHLA/ABSC, International Clinical Librarian Conference in Toronto, May 2016

At Mosaic ‘16, you’ll be part of the big picture when you network with over 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

Make your case to attend the meeting with these and many more benefits.

Reserve Your Room at an Official Hotel Before April 15th and Save with Discounted Rates

When you stay at an official meeting hotel, you get discounted rates, free in-room Wi-Fi, the best networking opportunities, and you’re helping the association meet its contractual obligations which helps keep meeting costs low. Don’t wait—make your reservation now before the discount period ends April 15th.  Rooms are subject to limited availability and after April 15th hotels can increase rates.  

Rooms may be sold out for some nights at the Fairmont and Intercontinental. If you’re holding a reservation that you don't need, please cancel it so that you don't risk incurring a cancel fee and the room can be returned to inventory for someone else.

Online Program

General Sessions, break-out meetings, the Hall of Exhibits with over 100 exhibitors, and more will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Manage your time with the online program which shows the full schedule of:
·         All meeting sessions with times and room locations
·         An interactive map of the Hall of Exhibits
·         Abstracts of program sessions and posters

When you review the online program and see an event you want, simply save it to your personal planner. It’s easy to build a professionally rewarding schedule that fits your specific interests and needs. The personal planner is available only to paid meeting registrants. When we get closer to the meeting date, you can download your finished personal plan to your preferred calendar app (Android or iOS.)  You can also use the online program and personal plan on your mobile device (Android or iOS) with the Mosaic’16 Mobile Event App scheduled for release at the end of April.

Featured Speakers

McGovern Keynote Address, Ben Goldacre is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, and medical doctor.
Janet Doe Lecturer,  M.J.Tooey, AHIP, FMLA
Closing Keynote, Wednesday, Dr.Ellen Jorgensen cofounder and director of Genspace

Getting to the Meeting - Canadian Entry Requirements, Airfare Discounts and Travel Tips

Check out current entry requirements for Canada today to confirm you’re prepared for a smooth border crossing. US Citizens must have a current passport. International Travelers will also need Electronic Travel Authorization, which is a new requirement.

Take advantage of airfare discounts on select airlines to save money. And, save time with useful traveltips.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Day in the life of a clinical librarian

Each month we share a day in the life of a clinical librarian. This month we headed over to Essex to interview the Library Services Manager and Clinical Librarian at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Who are you and where do you work?
I am Liz Hunwick and I work full time as a Library Services Manager and Clinical Librarian at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust in Essex.

How long have you been there?
I've been here for nine years now, initially as a Services Librarian, then as Co-Manager. I deal more with services and my colleague deals with resources.  Three years ago we instigated a Clinical Librarian Service and I lead on this. Before I came to the NHS I was a university subject librarian with a weird mix of subjects at one point including politics and international relations, environmental health and nursing!

What attracted you to Clinical Librarianship?
Implementing a CL service was something we had considered for some time for a variety of reasons, partly to raise our profile and also to become visible to staff on the floor. Clinicians are so busy now we wanted to take the library and the evidence to them rather than wait for them to come through the door. Our Trust has been through the mill in recent years. We were one of Keogh's original fourteen Trusts in special measures and we wanted to play our part in supporting our colleagues in raising standards and delivering excellent care. I love building relationships in the clinical environment, seeing how consultants' minds work and being part of teams that really care about what they do. Even if I don’t get any searches when I go on the ward I'm learning  and interacting all the time and this has had a tremendously positive impact on every area of my work.

What does an average day at work involve?
There’s no such thing as an average day but they usually start with a cup of tea and reading emails! Because I have two roles and we’ve been quite short staffed recently I've had to limit the CL service more than I would like.  Currently I go to our Critical Care Unit once a week for a ward round; a couple of paediatrics morning handover meetings and my co-manager goes to the ITU MDT meetings in our Cardiothoracic Centre twice a week.

We’ve found that being more visible has had the knock on effect of more people contacting us directly for searches. In the last couple of years search requests have gone up about 200% and sometimes I feel all I do is searching. Recently I've been doing the literature searching for a couple of systematic reviews which has taken hours and hours. I quite often end up doing things like that at home without interruptions!

More requests for training have also come out of being in the clinical environment, some of which is now embedded in the departments. For example, I spend time with nurses who are doing their critical care qualification. I've also done a lot of work with the lead critical care specialist nurse, looking at ways to improve the patient experience during and after being in intensive care.

If you weren’t a Librarian, what would you be?
I didn’t come into librarianship until my thirties. At one point I thought I might be a history teacher but I found out that I’m not that good with children en masse!

Tell us a joke or a non-work fact about yourself
I’ve just found out I’m going to be a grandmother…I’m very excited but I also feel way too young for this!!

Thanks so much, Liz! It's been great hearing all about your world of clinical librarianship!


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