Celebrating Libraries Week: 7th-12th October 2019

If you didn’t already know, next week is Libraries Week! This year’s campaign is focused on celebrating the role of libraries in the digital world. Whether they are helping individuals, local businesses or community groups, libraries are at the forefront of developing information skills, encouraging digital inclusion and supporting health, wellbeing and education.

Between the 7th-12th October, Libraries across the country will be showcasing the ways in which they support people of all ages to get connected, get creative and learn new skills. But why are digital literacy skills so important?

Public Libraries help to reduce inequality by providing safe, civic spaces open to all: part of this offer is access to computers and the internet. Communities that have access to timely and relevant information and to the internet are better positioned to eradicate poverty and inequality and support people’s health, culture, research, and innovation.

The critical importance of libraries in supporting digital inclusion and skills development continues to grow, with nearly half of public libraries reporting an increasing number of customers request this kind of help. 

St George’s Library is no different – we play a vital role in identifying and supporting the information needs of our complex and diverse user base. From students to academics and researchers to NHS professionals we offer a variety of training, support and resources centred around digital inclusion and information skills.

So, to celebrate Libraries Week and mark our contribution to our community, over the course of the week we’ll be publishing a series of blog posts featuring different teams across the Library and Archives services.

Each post will introduce a different team and explore what they do to support our users and how they use technology to do so.

If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes, or see how we support the University and Trust beyond the Library Helpdesk, our featured posts this week will give you a closer look at what Library staff do.

You should also join us over on Twitter next week, where we’ll be sharing local Libraries Week events and our favourite celebrations from Libraries across the UK. Follow us @sgullibrary or keep up with the conversation here: #LibrariesWeek

As October is also Black History Month, we’ll also be sharing our favourite reads from our BHM Book Collection over on Instagram: follow us @sgullibrary for great book recommendations.


Inspired to explore other libraries? If you live in London, you’re spoilt for choice!

A top-tip for medical and healthcare students is to check out the Medical Museums website as several member museums have library and archive collections that are accessible to the public. Terms of use will vary, so make sure you check with the institution before you visit.

If you are local to Tooting, why not join your local library? See the Wandsworth Libraries website for a list of their locations.

SGUL Library information skills training dates – April to July

The latest SGUL information skills training dates are now available.

These training sessions are free to all staff and students who are members of SGUL. All except Refworks are also available to NHS staff
members

Searching databases using OvidSP (Medline, Embase, PsycInfo)

This session is for those who need to carry out more in-depth research, such as for a literature review, dissertation, research project etc.

Thursday 24 April 12-1pm
Tuesday 13 May 1-2pm
Wednesday 18 June 12-1pm
Tuesday 22 July 12-1pm

 

Searching databases using EbscoHost (Cinahl, Medline, Amed)

This session is for those who need to carry out more in-depth research, such as for a literature review, dissertation, research project etc.

Tuesday 8 April 12-1pm
Thursday 15 May 12-1pm
Tuesday 17 June 12-1pm
Friday 11 July 12-1pm

 

Finding information for your topic

This session will improve your information searching skills and use some of the Library’s tools for finding information

Wednesday 9 April 12-1pm
Wednesday 14 May 12-1pm
Tuesday 10 June 12-1pm
Tuesday 15 July 12-1pm

 

Citation Searching and Impact Factors

Use the Cited Reference Search in the Web of Science to find out which papers are highly cited in your field; find out which journals are highly
cited using the Journal Citation Reports database.

Thursday 22 May 12-1pm

 

Introduction to Critical Appraisal

This course will introduce the concepts of critical appraisal and give an overview of the tools and techniques which can be used.
Wednesday 23rd April10.30-12.00pm
Wednesday 25th June 10.30-12.00pm

 

Keeping Up to Date

Keeping up-to-date with recent publications is vital for staff and researchers. This training course covers a range of services that will help you stay
current in your area.

Tuesday 22nd April 2.00-3.30pm
Wednesday 18th June 3.4.30pm

 

RefWorks

Introduction to a web-based application for managing your references (University staff & students only). RefWorks is free to use for SGUL staff and
students using their SGUL network login.

Tuesday 6 May 12-1pm
Thursday 19 June 12-1pm

 

Click here for more details on each session.

 

Booking a place
Please email liblearn@sgul.ac.uk if you would like to book a place

Library Training – Summer 2012

Due to the Library refurbishment our scheduled training programme has been halted over the summer months. We are however able to offer one-to-one training sessions during this time.

Information Skills Training – to book a session please email liblearn@sgul.ac.uk and your Liaison Librarian will be in touch.

IT Training –  to book a session please email training@sgul.ac.uk and our IT Trainer will be in touch.

See the training pages on our website http://www.sgul.ac.uk/library for further details.