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Launch of the NLH Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases Specialist Library

Thu, 09 Feb 2006 04:29:40 PST

Dear colleagues,

Please use the following text to alert your users to this new resource.
Many thanks

National Library for Health
Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases Specialist Library

The National Library for Health Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases Specialist Library (GLDSL) will be launched at the British Society of Gastroenterology annual conference Tuesday, 21st March 2006. The GLDSL will be available via after this date.

The Specialist Libraries are an integral part of the National Library for Health (NLH), a library and information service for the NHS, aiming to deliver a range of services on a 24x7 basis to support patient care, staff development and research. For further information visit NLH Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases Specialist Library (GLDSL) draws together resources and information that is relevant, best evidence and current within these specialties. Although targeted at health professionals it also serves to inform patients and their carers.

The GLDSL project team is based at the Royal Free Hospital. It is led by Dr Martyn Caplin and supported by information specialists from the Royal Free Hospital Medical Library, UCL Library Services. The project team works closely with an editorial board, topic leads and key stakeholders, including the BSG.

The GLDSL relies on feedback from its users to help it develop. If you would like to contribute to the GLDSL or would like further information please email

Map of Medicine - new website

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 08:53:40 PST

Many of you will have looked at the Map of Medicine website in the last 18 months and left it wanting more information. I am pleased to tell you that a new and much improved site is now available. This site offers: new samples in the latest version of the product; provenance information (editorial methodology and sources; and list of pathway content. Although the sample doesn't show integrated use of the NLH, because this website is for use internationally, it does offer links to the NLH throughout. Go to

Migration of DLNet Content to NLH

Thu, 01 Dec 2005 01:59:40 PST

Over the next few months NeLH is migrating to NLH. The DLNet pages will no longer be updated. Up to date content will begin appearing on the 'For Librarians' pages of NLH in the near future.

SSE Downtime

Thu, 17 Nov 2005 08:10:58 PST

NLH Single Search Environment temporarily unavailable 25th to 28th November
The NLH Single Search Environment (SSE) will be down for essential upgrades over these four days. During this period NLH users will be redirected to a temporary page which will allow them to access all other NLH resources and to the NeLH search as an alternative. SSE will be available again on 29th November. We are very sorry for any inconvenience that this will cause.

Please direct any queries via the NLH Feedback button



Department of Health Promotes Health Libraries Week

Thu, 17 Nov 2005 08:04:56 PST

We have managed to get items in a number of Dept of Health Bulletins this month promoting Health Libraries Week and NLH . Click on the links to view: (AHPs) (Emergency Care) (then follow recent news link - Medical directors)



Spreading the message about the 'Evidence in Practice' DOAS Training Project

Thu, 03 Nov 2005 04:54:05 PST

Dear colleagues
Apologies for any cross-posting.
United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust, Severn & Wessex Deanery, and Avon Gloucestershire Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority are working together on a six month project to develop e-learning materials for newly qualified doctors. Our project specifically addresses the evidence-based practice and clinical guidelines elements of their 'Foundation Curriculum'.
The project is under the umbrella of the NHS 'Do Once And Share' programme - and so naturally we want to provide an opportunity for you to give us feedback - by registering with our 'Extended Reference Group'. We have established the ERG to inform, support, nudge, cajole, praise and (gently) criticise the project team - and crucially - to comment on pilot materials as they are developed. Your participation is entirely electronic, and is open to anyone interested.
To register with the ERG, please visit the following URL on our website;
Many thanks for reading this far...and we hope to hear from you.

James Osborne and Julie Smith
Do Once & Share Project
Education Centre
United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust
Tel 0117 342 0134

Librarians With Class

Tue, 01 Nov 2005 16:10:23 PST

A blog for librarians who facilitate training. Librarians With Class their feed is at

NHS Connecting for Health toolkit for communicators

Mon, 24 Oct 2005 05:11:36 PDT

For info, the NHS Connecting for Health toolkit for communicators includes NLH materials and a syndicated article for use locally.
Includes electronic versions of the A4 leaflet (folds out to A3) and the foldout business card.

Health Libraries Week toolkit

Thu, 20 Oct 2005 02:47:43 PDT

The Health Libraries Week toolkit is now available on This includes a list of the materials you can order but PLEASE NOTE materials aren't ready just yet so please don't try ordering yet. We've been assured most materials will be ready for 31st October, and the internal mail envelopes and folders will be ready on 7th November. We appreciate this doesn't give you a great deal of time to get hold of materials - unavoidable delays were caused by awaiting new visual identity guidelines.

You'll also see a link to a syndicated article - this is included in the NHS Connecting for Health toolkit for communicators. You may wish to use the article and add in quotes from your local champions.

We'll be following Health Libraries Week with a short evaluation this year - we'll be in touch to ask you how it went, what worked well, what didn't ...

Best of luck with your Health Libraries Week activities and events - would be good if you could share here some of the things you have planned!

Study Day: E-learning and information literacy: initiatives and challenges, Leeds - 14 Nov 2005

Tue, 18 Oct 2005 07:40:15 PDT

Joint IFM Healthcare and Libraries for Nursing Study Day

Lifelong learning is part of all healthcare professionals' lives, and e-learning and information literacy have important roles to play within it. This study day will be an opportunity to share experiences and gain ideas. It will consist of a mix of presentations, group discussions and opportunities to explore some on-line resources.

  • Present and future challenges of information literacy (includes the question: how will Google scholar and metasearch engines change our lives?)
    Peter Godwin, Academic Services Manager, London South Bank University
  • Implementing an information literacy audit in the context of nurse education
    Alison Lahlafi, Faculty Team Librarian, and David Clarke, School of Healthcare, Leeds University
  • Key e-learning themes and developments
    David Peacock, Knowledge Service Manager, Northumberland Tyne & Wear SHA
  • Creating multiple choice questions for a virtual learning environment for nurses
    Karen Smith, York University
  • E-learning for health librarians
    FOLIO Team, Sheffield University

  • RCN e-learning resources
    Caroline Lynch and Angela Perrett, Royal College of Nursing

  • How do we asses the effectiveness of information skills training?
    Alison Brettle, Salford University, and Joanne Greenhalgh, Leeds University
    This is an update of the extremely popular workshop held at the HLG conference in 2004

Booking form and provisional programme details are available on the IFM Healthcare Web site:

If you require any further information, please contact:
Booking: Heather Williamson
Programme content: Jane Shelley or Susan Mottram
Venue and catering: Susan Mottram

Making an impact at meetings

Thu, 06 Oct 2005 02:57:56 PDT

Thanks to Kieran over at FADE in Liverpool for highlighting this article from the BMJ careers section on how to make an impact at meetings - some tips to add to your list of ways to influence and negotiate with people!


Tips for email success

Fri, 09 Sep 2005 07:31:09 PDT

This article gives Ten copywriting tips for email success - might be useful for making sure any email newsletters, etc, you send, actually get read!


NLH RSS Directory - Preview

Tue, 16 Aug 2005 00:51:57 PDT

Dear all
We're now pleased to be able to offer you the preview version of the NLH RSS Directory, available from the Preview link on the right hand side of the NLH homepage -
The directory is designed to be both browsable by categories, and searchable. For those who are new to RSS, there are help files and tutorials to get you started, available from the right hand column of the directory itself.
The directory is still being populated with feeds - if you would like to submit a feed for inclusion, you can use the link on the right hand side of the page.
We'd be grateful for your feedback and comments on the directory before we go for a full launch later in the year - these can be sent to

Best wishes

Evaluating training

Fri, 12 Aug 2005 09:18:47 PDT

Hi all
This week's Training Zone has an interesting article about evaluating training - the whole thing's at

To summarise, the article talks about Kirkpatrick's 4 levels of evaluation - level 1 being the type of "happy sheet" that's often given out at the end of a session to see how satisfied people are with the session. It goes on to say:

"Whenever I am involved in an evaluation project, I advocate getting rid of the smile sheet completely, and replacing that tortured questionnaire with one closed question, plus an open follow-up to encourage respondents to reveal what really matters to them: “Would you recommend this course to a friend or colleague? Why or why not?” The response tells you unambiguously about the level of satisfaction of the learner, and any clarification offered tells you about the issues that really matter to that learner. That’s more than is called for at Level 1."

I think the article has a point - and it makes collating your evaluations a lot easier too!
Any thoughts, ideas, or examples of other useful questions that could be used to get an idea of how your sessions are being received?


Health Libraries Week (14 - 18 November 2005)

Mon, 01 Aug 2005 03:04:23 PDT

For Health Libraries Week this year, we’re planning a national media campaign to complement the local awareness-raising campaigns that you undertake within your organisations.

We’re able to make use of the NHS Connecting for Health Media Relations team, who have suggested that the best way to sell a story to the media is to use case studies that demonstrate how library services (both electronic and physical) are used by frontline staff, and are ultimately benefiting patients.

We will use case studies in our communications materials including newsletters, leaflets, web copy, articles and some media relations activity. We will also build a database of case studies that you will be able to draw on for use in your own organisation’s publications, newsletter, etc.

The template has been designed to help us to gather the key information we need from you and your library users. However, we may contact the individuals concerned to gather further information, hence the need to ask for contact details.

If you have local champions, library users, trainees or other examples of people who would be willing to share their experiences of how they use library services and how they have helped benefit patients, please ask them to fill in the template, and either email back to or post to Fran Wilkie, NLH, Aqueous 2, Rocky Lane, Aston Cross, Birmingham, B6 5RQ.

In order to get articles into journals for November, we need to have responses back by 31st August, please (although responses returned after that time can be added to the database).

The template can be found at or follow the link from

CASPuk Training Week 2005

Fri, 15 Jul 2005 03:29:32 PDT

CASPuk Training Week 2005
In association with the CASP International Network and the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine

CASPuk Training Week 2005 is taking place from 5th - 9th September 2005. This popular week supports health and social care professionals from across the UK and around the world who wish to disseminate evidence-based practice and decision-making within their organisation or locality. The CASP model promotes a user-friendly, sustainable and cost-effective teaching approach, which has already been implemented in several countries.

This year, as in previous years, the CASPuk team will be joined by international trainers from the CASP International Network, who will facilitate the week's training and share their experience of evidence-based practice

New for 2005
This year, CASPuk Training Week will be run in parallel with the 11th Oxford Workshop on Teaching Evidence-Based Practice. The format of the week will be unchanged, but participants will have the added benefit of attending plenaries by some of the leading exponents of Evidence-Based Practice

Comments from previous participants
"I now feel more confident and feel I have the skills to facilitate CASP more comprehensively and creatively in my organisation"
"I'm pleased with wonderful teachers and so many useful materials"
"[The] course is excellent - met all my needs. The trainers were very helpful"
"I am now going to develop on-line and live journal club in my organisation. Also look at how CASP can facilitate clinical effectiveness and other groups in Trust"
"I understand a lot more than I did previously and I now feel confident that I could successfully run a critical appraisal workshop"

For more information, including the aims and objectives, programme, training team, costs, flyer and booking form, please go to

User Needs Study

Thu, 14 Jul 2005 05:17:58 PDT

This has just been published on the NLH - For Librarians page under Relevant Documents


Andy Richardson

Things you can do with RSS

Tue, 12 Jul 2005 02:59:26 PDT

An interesting article that has some useful (and some daft) ideas for convincing people to start using RSS - - if you've not had a go with RSS yet, you can download the workbook I wrote for the RSS Workshops we ran from the DLnet training materials page.

Any questions, do get in touch.


Pubmed, RSS and CAS

Fri, 08 Jul 2005 00:07:35 PDT

The other day at Wrightington I offered my utopian vision of CAS services at a meeting of the LIHNN eResources network, subject specific material from selected journals or direct to full text. Pubmed offers us the ability to do this now. I have three test feeds out with a critical friend right now so I'll let you know how it goes.

Key issues so far:

  • Time to identify full text in MyNCBI, not a task to be taken lightly does take a while and is the capital city of Dullsville. Just think of the end result.
  • Search strategies have to take into account you are really after pre-medline records and therefore title words are the key.
  • First subscription to the feed will be scary, lots dragged back but once the user has handled that first batch I anticipate new stuff will be manageable.
    Feeds if you want to see how it works or add constructive criticism are:



    Bariatric Surgery

    I've also put links to the Fade Health News feeds at the bottom for any of you RSS heads out there.


    Kieran Lamb
    Head of Library Services
    Fade Library
    Central Liverpool PCT
    Hamilton House
    24 Pall Mall
    L3 6AL

    0151 2852353

    News Feeds from FADE

    National and International Health News

    Cheshire and Merseyside Health News

    Cumbria and Lancashire Health News

    Greater Manchester Health News

  • "Marketing Treasures"

    Tue, 21 Jun 2005 05:44:33 PDT

    June issue now available at

    Assertive Communication and Influencing Workshops

    Mon, 20 Jun 2005 04:26:12 PDT

    Dear all,
    Further to the email that Alison sent on the 7th June, here are more details about the Assertive Communication Workshops she mentioned, which are designed to help you think about how to promote your services effectively and get your messages across to the right people. Places are limited to 30 for each workshop, and the London one on 6th September in particular is booking up quickly. The workshops will be very participative, and will give you the opportunity to look at your own workplace situations.

    Times: Each event will start at 10am, and will finish by 4pm - lunch will be provided.

    Dates and venues:
    Wednesday 6th July - Leeds - Leeds Park Plaza hotel
    Tuesday 26th July - London - Thistle Euston hotel
    Thursday 28th July - Nottingham - Holiday Inn Nottingham
    Tuesday 6th September - London - Radisson Grafton
    Thursday 8th September - Wolverhampton - Novotel Wolverhampton
    Monday 12th September - Manchester - Palace hotel, Manchester
    Friday 16th September - Bristol - Novotel Bristol
    Tuesday 27th September - Newcastle - Thistle Newcastle

    To book a place, go to - you will receive a confirmation email, and more details will be sent nearer the time.

    Overall Aim - to explore the different ways people can be influenced and to identify ways to develop assertive communication techniques

    Objectives - at the end of the session delegates will have:

    • examined ways to increase their ability to influence in a range of situations
    • explored the difference between agressive, submissive and assertive behaviours
    • reviewed a number of assertive communication techniques
    • applied those techniques to a range of workplace situations

    Course Content

    • Who do you need to influence and why?
    • identifying the underlying sources of power when influencing
    • building effective relationships
    • recognising the effect different forms of behaviour have on the outcome of a situation
    • assertive communication techniques, including choosing the right words, positive body language and saying no

    Map of Medicine

    Thu, 07 Jul 2005 11:38:59 PDT

    Medic-to-Medic, producers of the Map of Medicine, is now a trading division of T&F Informa UK Limited

    I hope to post further progress with the LSPs over the summer.


    Thu, 16 Jun 2005 02:44:39 PDT

    Hi all
    Please note that there is now a link to PRODIGY from the National Library for Health homepage - - under the Guidance section.
    PRODIGY guidance is included in the NLH search engine.


    Get ready for Health Libraries Week

    Tue, 07 Jun 2005 07:14:10 PDT

    Following feedback from librarians, it has been decided to re-run Health Libraries Week this Autumn, from 14-18 November. Like last year, the campaign will be a mix of locally and nationally organised events and activities. Within NLH, we're starting to produce a range of general purpose and more specific promotional materials (based on ideas sent in to us). Feedback from earlier campaigns suggest that the most difficult aspect of promotion is being able to talk to the most influential people, so we are running a series of "Assertive Communication" workshops around the country during July and September. The programme is yet to be finalised but it is likely each workshop will run from around 10am to 4pm. - booking form now available at Over the coming weeks, a web page for Health Libraries Week will be published - an announcement will be made here when it's available.

    NLH Promotional Materials

    Tue, 24 May 2005 06:49:21 PDT

    Hello all
    We've had several requests recently for NLH promotional materials, so I thought I should let you know the situation.
    Stock levels are very low at the moment, for a number of reasons, not least of which is that our budget was frozen while we transferred from the NHSIA to NHS Connecting for Health. We're now at the stage of being able to design, commission and re-order materials, although the new processes for the new organisation mean that this may take a little longer. Our plan is to re-order some items quickly, but to concentrate on getting stocks of materials in place over the summer, in time for Health Libraries Week (14th-18th November - more info coming soon). We're using the information from the recent survey that many of you filled in to choose items for this year. I'll keep you updated on what will be available as I have more news.

    In the meantime, I've put a temporary page up on DLnet to show what items are currently available in what quantities. You can find the page at (it's also linked from the Promote page within DLnet).