Friday, 22 May 2015

Forging ahead - Knowledge for Healthcare

It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm still exhausted from it all. Today was the final day of our Knowledge Awareness week which I must admit was a resounding success. I base my comments on the positive feedback the service has received especially when we had our stands on sites with no physical library. There were lots of promotional materials graciously supplied by our providers such as Clinical Key and Virtual Ashridge who also had presentations, resource demonstrations and drop-in sessions at our workshops. We also ran a photo competition and crossword competition which drew quite a lot of interest as it was open to staff and their family and friends. We have been able to refurbish our Whipps Cross Library and Royal London Hospital Knowledge Hub in the run up to Knowledge Awareness Week which I consider an amazing feat.

I applied for the Travelling Librarian award in March and was excited to get shortlisted. Although I did not obtain the award, I found it a very fulfilling experience. Kirsten McCormick won the award in 2013 and was a fountain of knowledge and support through the entire process for which I am extremely grateful. I still hope to secure the funds needed to conduct my study tour in August so fingers crossed. What is it about? How the aims of the Knowledge for Healthcare framework can be met by maximising value for money at the local and regional level. I will be visiting hospital and university health libraries of the National Network of Medical Libraries Greater Midwest Region. The objectives are directed at service development for my organisation and beyond. All this has drawn me into the tweeting scene and if nothing else, thats a positive result.

It's also been busy on the work front with literature searches, training and inductions. Feeling a bit run off my feet and looking forward to the long bank holiday weekend.

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