Library Easter Opening Hours 2019

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We’re pleased to announce that the Library will remain open 24/7
over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend!

Please be aware will be operating self-service only during these times and
you will need to make sure you bring a valid ID card to access the Library.

Library staff will be unavailable from:
6pm on Thursday 18th April
until
8am on Tuesday 23rd April.

 

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New for Trust staff- BMJ Best Practice

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Did you know that access to BMJ Best practice is now provided by Health Education England to all George’s Trust staff ? Login via your OpenAthens account to access this excellent new resource.

What is BMJ Best Practice?

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptoms, evaluation, tests to order and treatment approach. The resources cover thousands of clinical topics and over 6,000 clinical guidelines. Access is available anywhere, with online or offline access via the BMJ Best Practice App. You can even  use it to demonstrate learning as it tracks  your searches for clinical information for CPD/CME.

How can Trust staff access BMJ Best Practice?

Follow these 3 easy steps to get started:

Step 1 Access BMJ Best Practice

  1. Visit https://bestpractice.bmj.com/
  2. Sign in with your OpenAthens username via the ‘Log In’ Link

To register for an OpenAthens account, go to openathens.nice.org.uk or contact the library on liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Step 2 Set up a personal account

A personal account gives you access to extra features such as the app and the ability to track CPD/CME activity and download certificates. You will be prompted to create a personal account on your first visit.

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First, make sure you have completed step 2 and created a personal account

  1. Search for ‘BMJ Best Practice on the App Store or Google Play
  2. Select the app and start the download
  3. Enter your personal account login details to complete the download.

Links to Best Practice can also be found on the Library’s NHS webpage, A-Z list of databases and NICE Evidence Service’s OpenAthens resource list.

To support you in getting started, download the user guide or visit the FAQ section. If you need any more information, please contact the library on liaison@sgul.ac.uk, ext 5433 or email support@bmj.com.

 

Information Skills Training Sessions April – June 2019

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Dates for our April – June 2019 Information Skill Training Sessions are below. Please see our Information Skills Training page for full details. Contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book a session.

Getting Results: Finding healthcare literature for your learning and research

This session is for SGUL/FHSCE students and staff who are carrying out more in-depth research, such as for a literature review, dissertation, research project etc.

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Tuesday 16th April 10:00 -11:30

Thursday 2nd May 13:00 -14:30

Wednesday 15th May 9:30 -11:00

Wednesday 12th June 14:00 -15:30

Systematic reviews – Finding and managing the evidence

Systematic literature searching for systematic reviews, research projects or service developments.

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Sessions available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Introduction to critical appraisal

Introduction to the concepts of critical appraisal and evaluating healthcare literature.

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Sessions available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Citation metrics – an overview

An overview of traditional and alternative metrics, with the opportunity for hands on exploration of a range of metrics.

Recommended for: Researchers or SGUL/FHSCE staff and students

Thursday 6th Jun 12:00 – 13:00

Finding the evidence

Introduction to healthcare resources and training in how use them effectively to support evidence-based clinical practice or decision-making.

Recommended for: NHS staff

Friday 19th April 12:00 – 13:30

Tuesday 14th May 11:00 -12:30

Wednesday 26th June 13:00 – 14:30

Library Inductions for NHS Staff

Recommended for: NHS staff

Wednesday 3rd April 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 1st May 10:00 – 11:00

Wednesday 5th June 10:00 – 11:00

Keeping up-to-date

Introduction to a range of services that will help you keep up to date with current literature.

Recommended for: NHS staff & researchers

Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk to book your bespoke session

Getting Started with Twitter

A session for those new to Twitter, offering a hands-on practical workshop exploring this growing social media platform, with particular focus on how Twitter can be used in a professional context.

Recommended: For anyone wanting to get familiar with Twitter

Tuesday 18th June 10:00-11:30

Refworks

Recommended for: SGUL/FHSCE staff and students
Sessions available on request.
Please email liaison@sgul.ac.uk

 

Personalised training

If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organise a bespoke session please email us at liaison@sgul.ac.uk

Placing Holds: a quick guide

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Books that are out on loan can be reserved in a few quick steps using the Library’s search tool, Hunter.

After finding the book you want, select Check availability of print copies to find out whether it’s available:

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If all copies are out on loan, you’ll be able to reserve a copy. Just follow the three steps below:

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  • SGUL staff and students can sign in with their SGUL username and password
  • NHS staff can find out their Hunter login by asking at the Library helpdesk or emailing library@sgul.ac.uk

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Hunter confirms that your hold is placed:

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When a copy of the book becomes available you’ll receive an email, and will then have one week to collect it from the Library Helpdesk.

IT Training is recruiting – Microsoft Teams Champions

220px-Microsoft_Teams_logoIT Training @SGUL is now recruiting a committed team of students from a cross section of courses to support Microsoft Teams adoption.

We are seeking dynamic Microsoft Teams Champions to train, support and give guidance to staff and students on various devices using Microsoft Teams. This will be rolled-out across the University on various activities in education and research projects which in turn will support your employability.

Champions will not be recruited solely on digital capabilities, we are looking for individuals that have the ability to work as part of a team and the confidence to teach and support others, coupled with promoting the usage of Microsoft Teams across the University.

 

Job title: Microsoft Teams Champion

Requirements

Essential:

  • Technology and Microsoft Office confident
  • Enjoy working with people
  • Must be keen to champion change and enhance the student experience through learning technology, using Microsoft Teams
  • Enthusiastic and forward thinking
  • Good customer service skills
  • Able to communicate effectively to help users apply Microsoft Teams to their situation

Desirable:

  • Familiar with PC and Mac

 

Responsibilities

  • Train staff/students on Microsoft Teams
  • Attend a two hour workshop on how to use Microsoft Teams and input into how it could benefit the University
  • Identify where Microsoft Teams can be used
  • Actively use Microsoft Teams to help drive adoption with peers
  • Assist in welcoming new users, by providing guidance and best practice
  • Request feedback to improve support and guidance
  • Collaborate with project lead and other Microsoft Teams Champions using Microsoft Teams hub to share ideas and give feedback
  • Build Microsoft Teams awareness and engagement across the University with peers and staff

 

Rate of pay: £10.55 p/h

Time commitment: 9 hours consisting of:

  • 2 hour workshop on how to use Microsoft Teams plus a 1 hour follow-up meeting to answer questions and agree training schedule
  • 6 hours of delivering training to new users, divided into small sessions – 1 hour per session delivered at different times.

 

This link will take you to the application form

 

The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd March 2019 and interviews are expected to commence the week beginning: 1st April 2019

If you have any questions, please email fgraham@sgul.ac.uk

International Women’s Day 2019

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Happy International Women’s Day!

There’s plenty of superb female writing talent in the Library, from our own St George’s academics, to classic and contemporary fiction writers. As we were celebrating reading for pleasure during World Book Day yesterday, we thought we’d mark #IWD2019 by pulling together a selection of female-authored fiction titles available in the Library.

You can find these and the rest of our fiction on the shelves at PN3353, but if you’d like to browse them online, click the image below. Each item is linked to its Hunter record, so you can check to see whether a copy is available to borrow. If it’s on loan, remember you can place a hold by signing in to Hunter:

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International Women’s Day is all about celebrating women’s achievements, so there’s no better day to mark the accomplishments of our first four female medical students. Admitted in 1915 due to a shortage of men during the First World War, two of them are pictured below. Helen Ingleby (L) & Hetty Ethelberta Claremont (R) went on to have successful careers in the medical profession.

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You can read more about ‘The First Women of St George’s’ in this interactive timeline. Click the image below for more details, or read our profile of pioneering female medics during the First World War.

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World Book Day 2019

WBD logo EYES TOP RIGHT.jpgHappy World Book Day! While Library staff aren’t dressing up like classic book characters (we hope you aren’t too disappointed), some of us have been reading and reviewing new and classic picks from our fiction collection.

You can browse online collections of these titles at the links below, or by searching for fiction in Hunter:

KU Big Read titles
LGBT History Month titles
Black History Month titles

 

On to the reviews!

 

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

A short but beautifully bittersweet story of grief, and the loves that preceded it.

A book of two halves, the narrative follows firstly Ellis and then transfers to Michael, childhood friends whose lives have diverged in adulthood. However, while being centred on the story of these two men, the book opens in 1950 with a woman and what is described as ‘her first ever act of defiance.’ The woman, instead of complying with her husband’s instruction to choose a bottle of whiskey upon winning a raffle draw at a local community centre event, chooses a reproduction painting of van Gogh’s Sunflowers. The woman is Dora Judd, Ellis’s mother, and both she and the painting are a thread woven through the story of these men’s lives, signifying the possibilities of committing to an act of hope – the choice to turn towards the light.

Winman’s prose is understated yet brimming with beauty and compassion, embodying one of the underlying themes of the novel – the beauty and potential inherent in the everyday.

Verity Allison, Journals and e-Resources Librarian

 

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

“For girls, becoming women was inevitability; for boys, becoming men was ambition”

Home Fire is a modern-day reworking of the Greek tragedy Antigone, centred around a British Muslim community who are dealing with the fallout of one their own leaving London to join ISIS. The story unfolds through a number of different perspectives; from siblings Isma, Aneeka and Parvaiz, to the Home Secretary Karamat Lone and his son Eamonn.

It is certainly an intense read, but an important one. Shamsie’s insidious descriptions of Parvaiz’s slide into radicalisation are heartbreaking and her characterisation of the British tabloid press is spot-on and desperately frustrating to read. Part-thriller, part homage to the power of love and family, the story builds and builds to a hugely cinematic climax. How satisfying you find the ending is very much up for discussion, but this is a read that has stuck with me for a long, long time after turning the last page.

Beth Jackson, Liaison Support Librarian

 

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

I first saw Anthony Minghella’s Oscar-winning film adaption of this book, and having subsequently heard the director talk about Michael Ondaatje’s beautiful writing I was intrigued. The book itself won the Booker Prize in 1992, and the Golden Man Booker Prize in 2018 – essentially being voted the best of the all previous Booker prize winners.

Set at the time of the Second World War, several lives entwine around an “English” patient who has badly been burned in an airplane accident. The back-story that unfurls is both romantic and heartbreaking.

I find it very hard to keep interested in books where I have already seen the film but Ondatjee’s writing really is special: he writes very poetically.  The plot is slightly different to the film which always makes it more interesting. I’d definitely recommend this book.

Daniel Jeffcote, Information Assistant

 

If you’d like some more recommendations, we’ve previously featured reviews written by FHSCE and Library staff. How about one reading one of our selected #KUBigRead shortlisted titles? You can find their reviews below:

The Penguin Lessons
The Elephant and the Bee
The Power
Radio Sunrise
The Brilliant and Forever
My Name is Leon

On the other hand, if you prefer a non-fiction read but aren’t in the mood for another Oxford Handbook, Library staff have also reviewed a selection of popular science writing. You can read our thoughts here.

Happy reading!

 


If you’d be interested in reading and reviewing any books from the Library collection, please do get in touch with us by emailing liaison@sgul.ac.uk