Category: eResources

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.

EBSCO Discovery Service – Now available for all staff and students

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The library service is pleased to announce that the EBSCO Discovery Service, Full-Text Finder/Publication Finder and EBSCO Research Databases services are now online, and available for all hospital staff and students at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.

This e-library service aims to combine all the library resources available to our users, presently 22 million papers are available as full text, and immediately downloadable. This also includes 53,000 books which are available either locally or via interlibrary loan. All items can be ‘discovered’ via a single search box, which can be accessed on Clinical PCs, Library Computers or Mobile Devices.

This is achieved by combining all the resources available through the NHS Core ContentMedline CompleteCINAHL with Full TextHealth Business Elite, and ELMS, the East of England Library Management System for paper books.

Where full-text is available, but not held in either Medline Complete or CINAHL with Full text, the ‘Full-Text finder’ will forward you to the relevant resources, and automatically sign you in for full-text downloads.

Resources not available immediately in full-text can be ordered from the library team at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital, through a ‘one click’ request system.

Full-text downloads are via your Athens Account, you can browse the discovery service, but you will need an account to download full-text or access resources such as UpToDate or BMJ Best Practice. Sign up at https://openathens.nice.org.uk/  if you do not already have access.

Accessing Discovery

You can access discovery via:

Library PCs, in the browser automatically

On the hospital intranet, via the link on the main page titled Library Discovery

Via the library website at https://www.ldh.nhs.uk/gps-professionals/library-services/

Via a google search for ‘Comet Library’

Or via http://search.ebscohost.com with your Athens password. This is the recommended way of accessing discovery on a mobile device or iPad, as it simplifies the downloading of full-text as you are already logged in.

Advanced Features

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You can search MEDLINE and CINAHL databases, along with others using the EBSCOhost Research Databases Search (Athens Login Required)

You can log in directly to the discovery service from any computer, tablet or mobile phone at http://search.ebscohost.com (Athens Login Required)

A list of journals available from the library service can be found in the Publication Finder Interface

We hope that this service is is of significant benefit, as increasing the usability of library resource was requested on our last library survey. Over the next few months all library subscription journals will be added to the service individually, wherever possible and we will be asking for feedback from users to increase its usefulness in both clinical and research use. We will also be adding eBooks and other electronic resources to compliment the library physical resources.

We welcome any feedback, or recommendations for improvements at library@ldh.nhs.uk

Microsoft Office on Lendable Laptops

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In response to a number of requests, the library lendable laptops now have Microsoft Office 2016 installed.

They also have IBM SPSS Statistical Analysis installed, as the standalone SPSS machine in the library is due for removal due to planned upgrades.

The laptops can be borrowed with a library card until 6.30PM and in the reading room only.