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Library Survey 2018 – Tell us your opinion (and win a sportswatch or powerbank)

The COMET Library is running its yearly survey during the month of June, where you can tell the library what resources, books, and journals you want us to purchase in the coming year, and what developments you would like your library service to focus on:

Some highlights from the 2017 Survey

Last year you told us that :

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Hospital Discovery Service

eBooks and eJournals were difficult to find, so we implemented the new library discovery service at https://www.ldh.nhs.uk/gps-professionals/library-services.

We also added all available resources and discovery services to the single website http://www.bedfordshirehealthlibraries.nhs.uk, as a ‘single site’ for all NHS staff in Bedfordshire to access e-resources and will promote this during the summer.

That there was a shortage of desk space in the library reading room, so we added 5 more study spaces and refreshed the furniture including new chairs and power sockets.

That we needed more exam texts, so we purchased multiples of popular texts to ensure all users get a copy when they need one.

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New Study Space

That we should purchase the latest editions of JAMA, Lancet, and NEJM, and the library now has an electronic subscription to JAMA, a paper subscription to the NEJM and the Lancet subscription is forthcoming.

All your answers in the survey are included in the library plans for 18-19, all recommended books are added to the library collection and any comments are discussed by the library team. As an added extra any completed entries have a chance to win a prize of a Garmin Vivofit 3 Sports Watch or one of two mobile phone powerbanks.

The library survey can be found at

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cometlib2018

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SAS Evening Event

turmeric-2344157_640This evenings educational event will include a demonstration of the new Discovery Service and a basic literature search by Mr. William Henderson, Assistant Librarian, followed by a discussion on the Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews by Mr. John Barbrook, Head of Library and Learning Resources.

Download the Systematic Review Example Paper using your Athens account with this link or by clicking on the image

The Discovery Service is available by googling ‘Comet Library’, at search.ebscohost.com or at bedfordshirehealthlibraries.nhs.uk 

Please email either William or John after the event if you would like to discuss further training or your access to the library resources.

Upcoming Literature Searching and Critical Appraisal Training

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The library services offer regular training sessions on a range of topics, and we offer group and one-to-one sessions. We can organise custom training programs for departments, from one hour to all day training, depending on need.

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All sessions are free of charge for all staff in Bedfordshire, and Certificates are given where attendance is for portfolios and revalidation.

Please email library@ldh.nhs.uk to book onto a session.

 

Upcoming Group Sessions

Evidence-Based Literature Searching

Our most popular sessions, these can range from Basic Literature Searching using evidence-based resources such as NHS Evidence, to more in-depth training where we discuss searching through databases such as MEDLINE and CINAHL, and using thesaurus terms to produce a high-quality search strategy suitable for research or study. We rarely cover all topics in individual sessions but advertise a range of differing needs-based training based on different user groups.

Topics Covered:

Non-google resources and evidence-based practice

Bias in electronic resources and websites

PICO and formulating a clinical question

Levels of Evidence and Systematic Reviews

Searching MEDLINE and CINAHL to produce a search strategy

 

Wed, May 16, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Thu, July 5, 11:30am – 1:30pm

 

Finding the Evidence for Nurses, Midwives and HCAs

 This session covers finding resources using Google and non-google resources, using the hospital discovery service to locate evidence and the ‘levels of evidence’ of published resources. Suitable for staff undertaking a new course of study, or for revalidation.

Topics Covered:

Non-google resources and evidence-based practice

Bias in electronic resources and websites

PICO and formulating a clinical question

Levels of Evidence and Systematic Reviews

 

Wed, June 27, 2pm – 4pm

 

 Introduction to Critical Appraisal

 Learning to critically appraise a published research is an important skill for all medical professional.  We offer regular critical appraisal training sessions, and always critically appraise a new piece of literature in every session.

Topics Covered:

Types of Bias in published research

Critical Appraisal of Randomized Controlled Trials

 

 Thu, May 24, 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Wed, June 27, 10am – 1pm

 

Advanced Critical Appraisal

 Learning to critically appraise a published research is an important skill for all medical professional.  We offer regular critical appraisal training sessions, and always critically appraise a new piece of literature in every session. This is an advanced half-day session that covers the critical appraisal of non-RCTs.

Topics Covered:

Refresher on the Critical Appraisal of Randomized Controlled Trials

Critical Appraisal of Systematic Reviews

Critical Appraisal of Qualitative Research

Interpreting Results, P-Values and Forest Plots

 

 Tue, August 7, 12pm – 5pm

New Titles Added to Medhand Mobile Libraries

9781405171076The Medhand Mobile Libraries App has added new ‘App-Books’

You may return your present books, if you wish to borrow these by logging in at bookstore.medhand.com

If you haven’t requested up to 8 free books available on iPhone and Android devices what are you waiting for?

 Contact library@ldh.nhs.uk for a code.

New Titles added:

All 10 Eureka titles from JP Medical!

Hepatology at a Glance (Wiley)

Metabolism at a Glance (Wiley)

ECG for Beginners

Cancer and its Management

Atlas of Comparative Diagnostic & Experimental Hematology 2e

The Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Easter Library Office Opening Times

The library office will be closed on the Friday the 29th and Monday the 2nd for Easter. If you have any requests please email them to library@ldh.nhs.uk but you may find what you are looking for in the Library Discovery Service. The IT room and library will be open 24/7 as usual with your ID badge, and no books, lendable laptops or devices need to be returned over the weekend.

We wish you a restful Easter break, and hope you enjoy the following image of a lovely rabbit.

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EBSCO eBooks now available

 

 

The EBSCO Discovery Service now has a collection of our most popular titles as eBooks through EBSCO eBook Library.

The EBSCO eBook library can be searched, in full-text along with all our journals and books via the Library Discovery Service, or you can browse the titles available using EBSCO eBooks (Athens Password Required)

You may read online, or download full books as PDF or EPUB files (You will need EBSCO eBooks app or Adobe Digital Editions installed)

You can create collections of books and papers for later reference with an EBSCO account.

You require an Athens account for all our resources, if you do not yet have one please apply at the Athens Self-Registration Site

We welcome recommendations for any titles that would suitable as an electronic format at library@ldh.nhs.uk