A new NHS Knowledge and Library Hub (the ‘Hub’), coordinated by Health Education England (HEE) and NHS librarians, now makes it easier to find journal articles and other evidence resources across NHS England.
The Hub is a ‘one-stop’ gateway which, for the first time nationally, connects NHS staff and learners in England seamlessly to articles, reports and other evidence-based resources all in one place.
You can access and search the Hub athttps://bit.ly/NHSKLH, and sign-in with your NHS OpenAthens username and password to take full advantage of time-saving benefits, including:
Cross-searching across a wide range of databases to locate journal articles and e-publications such as reports and conference proceedings
One click access to PDFS where available, or request a copy via our NHS Article Request service
Searches that can be carried across to clinical decision support tools such as Uptodate, BMJ Best Practice or the Royal Marsden Manual and even selected e-books
Access to individual databases such as Medline, CINAHL and Embase for advanced literature searching
A national NHS system available to you wherever you work in NHS England via your NHS OpenAthens account, connecting you to library services such as our NHS Articles Request Service.
The Hub is an exciting new HEE initiative, designed with all NHS staff and learners in mind- please send any queries or feedback on the ‘Hub’ to email@example.com, so we can keep working with our providers to enhance and improve this new service.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen John-Pierre, NHS and Liaison Manager at St George’s Library on firstname.lastname@example.org
All of our online training sessions are completely free and open to NHS staff, academics, researchers and students as indicated.
Booking is easy- identify a time below you can attend and visit our calendar at https//sgul.libcal.com/calendar/infoskills to sign up. Or, to arrange a bespoke departmental, group or 1-2-1 session, email email@example.com
Finding the evidence (NHS staff and placement students)
Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new ‘On-Call Librarian service’ where library users can get on the spot help with finding information and using library resources. No need to book, just come to the library helpdesk between the hours of 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday and ask to speak to a librarian for help with literature searching, referencing and more. This service replaces our now closed Research Enquiries desk – we hope you like it- email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Maintaining a pleasant working environment for everyone who uses the library is one of our main concerns. To ensure that it continues to be a great place to study, we have introduced, or rather reintroduced for those of you who have used the library for a few years, two new schemes.
Study break scheme
We are still operating at reduced capacity and we’d like to make sure everyone has access to the study space they need. A study break pass allows you to take a break of up to 30 minutes during which time you can leave your belongings unattended. While we don’t take any responsibility for unattended personal stuff, with our study break scheme you can make sure that we don’t move your things to make space for other library users during the 30 minutes. After that time or if you choose not to use a study break card and you are away from the desk, other library users or staff are able to move your belongings to the side to make space. Find out more here or email email@example.com with any comments you might have.
Noise in the library
We have also introduced a texting service, so you are easily able to alert us to noise in the library or other issues affecting your study space. Text us, with your location, on 07562901543 and we will ensure you can study in peace and quiet. This service is available between 9am and 9pm Monday through to Sunday. Again, if you have any comments about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that these schemes allow us to continue keeping the library a pleasant working environment for all library users.
Wherever you’re planning to spend the next few weeks, we hope you’ll have as peaceful and relaxing a time as possible. We know that lots of you will also be thinking about revision and assignments at some point over the break, and with that in mind we wanted to remind you of some of the help and resources that are always available from the library, no matter where you are.
1. Find useful tips in our How-to videos
Over the past few months, we’ve been busy adding to our collection of How-to videos. We hope these short videos will give quick, clear answers to a range of questions, so you can get help whenever you need it.
A few of our recent videos focus on referencing. If you’re new to referencing, then our How to use Cite Them Right video can get you started. Or if you’re ready to start using reference management software, we have a series of videos on RefWorks, starting with a RefWorks Overview. Other videos include:
…and lots more. See the full collection on our YouTube channel here.
2. Explore e-books in Hunter
This year we’ve also been rapidly expanding our e-book collection, which now includes over 3000 titles. This means that even if you’re not able to come into the library in person, it’s now more likely that you’ll be able to find the books you need to support your study online.
There are two ways to find e-book material in Hunter:
You can search for whole e-books by selecting Books and more in the dropdown menu, then choosing Online Resources from the filter options on the left.
You can also search for individual chapters – a useful option if your topic is a bit more specific. Search under All Resources, then choose Book Chapters from the options on the left.
When you first sign in to view an e-book, you’ll usually be offered options to read online or download the book. Opting to read online will allow more SGUL users to view the e-book simultaneously.
If you are spending the holidays preparing an essay or another written assignment such as a dissertation, have a look at our literature searching guide and our video series on how to use Ovid (Medline). We also have a collection of books around doing systematic literature reviews, dissertations and report writing. Get in touch via email@example.com to get help from your liaison librarian.
5. Christmas closure
The library closes at 11pm, Tuesday 22nd December and reopens at 8am, Monday 4th January. The computer rooms will also close during this period, but you can still return books via the the return slot. Please note that the library team will be on holiday and will respond to your queries on their return in January. Should you have any questions about opening hours or book loans, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In January, our opening hours will be 8am to 11pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm Saturday and Sunday.
From everyone at St George’s Library, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
A very warm welcome to those new to St George’s and welcome back to those returning to their studies. As we won’t be meeting most of you face-to-face for a while, in this blogpost you can find all the information you need to get started with the academic year.
If you are joining us this year, be sure to complete your library induction quiz which forms part of your online induction.
Help and support
Your Liaison team is here to support you in your learning and research. Most of you will meet your liaison librarians for training sessions as part of your course. We will show you how to use the resources we have, how to research an essay topic and how to get to grips with Harvard, the referencing style used at St George’s.
New for autumn 2020, we are launching daily, weekday Library Research drop-ins online for anyone to get help on the spot with things you might find tricky. If you are unsure of where to start or are looking for some tips and tricks on how to make the most of the databases we have, you can meet us via Microsoft Teams (available to everyone at St George’s). No need to book – just click on the relevant link in our events calendar, between 12-1 on the day you want help.
You can also get in touch with us about any questions you might have about finding information for your assignments or referencing using our dedicated email address – email@example.com. We can support you via email or a 1-2-1 appointment via Microsoft Teams so you can get specialised help from your liaison librarian. 1-2-1 appointments are online meetings, you will need to be in an appropriate study space, you cannot take calls or have conversations in the library.
If you have a more general question about the library or need help with passwords or book loans, the library team can answer all your questions via email, so there is no need for you to come in. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Online resources and library guides
You can access library resources online through your SGUL username and password 24 hours a day from the library homepage.
The library has a dedicated module on Canvas. This will be developed further to provide self-directed units on finding information for your assignments and referencing essentials, so keep a look out. Depending on the course you are doing, we also have dedicated subject pages within your course modules where you can find information on your library training sessions.
Over summer, we started a ‘Click and Collect’ service for physical books. It allows you to reserve books via Hunter – Library Search, and come in to pick it up when it is ready. To find out more about this service, please visit our Covid response page. We are working on restoring our ‘Browse and Borrow’ service, which will allow you to pick books up from the shelf yourself. More details on this service will be made available soon. Check our website or social media sites for updates.
Throughout September, the library is open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with library staff on hand should you need help. We will be extending these hours from October to include weekend opening. Please check our website for updates.
In line with St George’s policy, we ask you to not come on campus or use the library unless it is essential that you do so. All spaces available are for individual, silent study only and you must wear a face covering in the library. It goes without saying that you need to keep a distance of 2 metres from library staff and other library users, including your friends! Disinfectant sprays and paper towels are available throughout the library. It is your responsibility to wipe down your study space and PC before and after use.
With the Christmas and New Year break almost upon us, we’ve reached that time of year where it’s helpful to take stock and reflect on what we’ve accomplished over the past year. The Library is always a busy place and this year has been no different – have a look at our infographic below to see our 2019 in numbers:
What else have we been up to?
Getting out and about:
Throughout the year members of the Library team have been taking our services and resources to you. In 2019 we’ve held ‘pop-up libraries’ throughout the university and hospital to mark the release of new resources or to celebrate events like World Book Day. We’re also always on hand at Fresher’s Fayres to get new students acquainted with the Library and to give away our all-important freebies (our sticky notes were gone in a matter of hours!)
Members of our Research Support Team also held pop-up stands to mark World Digital Preservation Day (thanks to our Principal Jenny Higham for snapping the photo below!) and our Research Publications Librarians produced an excellent poster for Research Day, demystifying the language around Open Access.
Keep an eye out for us in and around St George’s in 2020: whether you have a pressing Library-related question or just fancy a free pen, we’re happy to meet you all.
Creating our home in Canvas:
Our Liaison Team have been busy this year developing the Library module in Canvas – St George’s virtual learning environment. Students can check their individual course pages for details of what to expect from their scheduled Library sessions, find teaching and learning resources and try their hand at our referencing quiz. There’s plenty more in the pipeline for 2020, so watch this space for more interactive resources and support.
The Library module also became home to our first ever online Library induction. New students were presented with a scenario in which they needed to control an infection outbreak by finding evidence-based information in the Library. The induction quiz then takes students on a tour of different Library resources and services and tests their knowledge along the way.
At the tail end of 2018 we welcomed our Careers Team colleagues to the Library – keep your eyes peeled for careers-related guest posts from them in 2020! You’ll find their information stands opposite the Library Helpdesk and detailed support and guidance on the Careers module in Canvas.
As ever, your feedback remains vital to the development of Library services and resources. We held a series of focus groups in November and as we head out of 2019, our focus group team are still working away on the final report and action plans arising from your feedback which will help shape our service in 2020 and beyond.
What else have we improved as a result of your feedback? Have a look at some of these Library-focused changes below or visit the You Said, We Did pages on the University website for more.
The above is only a snapshot of what Library staff do behind the scenes to support teaching, learning, research and practice in the University and the Trust. If you’d like to know more about what we do, have a look at our Libraries Week posts from October that celebrate the work of our various teams and our Archives and Special Collections. We’re looking forward to continuing all of this hard work in 2020, but with the Library closing over the Christmas break we’re also excited about putting our feet up with a mince pie (or two).
Bring your old winter coats to the Library for WrapUpLondon by Thursday 21st November and the Library team will take them all to a drop off point for you.
Have you got an old winter coat (or two) at home you no longer wear?
As the temperature is dropping, we are all wrapping up warm
for winter and perhaps you even got yourself a new winter coat for the start of
university. Not all of us are that fortunate though and many people are left
without proper clothing for the winter.
To help tackle that issue, WrapUpLondon collects your old,
unwanted coats and gives them to charities that support people in need. You can
find out more about their amazing work here.
This year the Library team has thought we would make it even easier for you to contribute by organising our very own drop off point. You can bring your old jackets and coats to the Library help desk. Please bring your coats in by Thursday 21st November and we will take them to the drop off point in Clapham for you.
If you are based elsewhere, WrapUpLondon have many other
drop off points across London. Find out more about the drop off points here. They also have Safestore
Locations available from Monday 11th to Sunday 24th
November in Chiswick, Clapham, Notting Hill and Kings Cross.
WrapUpLondon will redistribute your old coats so they have a
second life, keeping the homeless, refugees, children living in poverty and
people fleeing domestic violence warm this winter! According to the Social
Metrics Commission (SMC) around 14.3 million people are living in poverty
in the UK, that is about 22% of the population and many people struggle buying
warm winter clothes.
If you have any other unwanted winter clothes (i.e. hats, scarves, jumpers, etc.), they can be left in the box in the social learning space where the ISoc is collecting for SPIRES, a charity running a day centre in South London to help homeless and disadvantaged people.
Do your part, reduce the amount of unwanted clothing going
to landfill and help keep some vulnerable people warm and toasty this winter.