Wednesday, 23 December 2015

New titles added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added a new electronic journal and selection of books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Journal

Books
Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Our subscription to Clinical Key this year was generously funded by the Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund.


Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas opening at the libraries

All the libraries will be open until Christmas Eve.

Berrywood Hospital Library will be staffed from Tuesday the 29th until Thursday the 31st of December, and then will reopen on Monday the 4th of January.

Isebrook Hospital Library will be closed on Christmas Eve and reopen on Monday the 4th of January. Please contact one of the other libraries if you require any help during this period.

The Richmond Library at Northampton General Hospital will be staffed from Tuesday the 29th until Thursday the 31st of December, and then will reopen on Monday the 4th of January.

24 hour access will be available to registered users as normal throughout the Christmas period at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you in 2016.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Library information skills programme for 2016

Need to find information to support your clinical practice? Need to make a decision but can't find the supporting evidence? Starting a course but can't find the study material? Found the evidence but unsure what it means? We can help.

All of our training programme dates for 2016 are now available on the Library's web site.

"The Pre-course Course made studying so much easier"
Our courses are free to access for staff and attached students from Northamptonshire Healthcare and Northampton General Hospital.

They are aimed at both clinicians and managers who want to be able to find and use the best possible evidence to support their decision making.

The courses run at a variety of locations including the Berrywood and Northampton General hospitals, as well as Bevan House in Kettering.

So what do we offer?

If you are about to return to studying a formal programme, our Pre-course Course may be just the thing. The course is designed to equip you with the information skills you need to make the path through you programme that bit easier. The 3 hour sessions cover things like finding the material on your reading lists, using databases and how to identify good quality information. It also covers searching for evidence and guidelines and how to access electronic journals. Everything you should need to get you started.

If you need to find research, then our Literature Searching course may be the answer. This will enable you to effectively search a number of databases such as Medline, HMIC (healthcare management) or the British Nursing Index through the NHS's HDAS interface. We'll show you how to search, save your results and even access full text journal articles, straight from the databases.

Once you have found the evidence, you need to know if it is any good and what it means, and again, we can help with that via our Critical Appraisal Skills programme.

So what is the NNT in this RCT then?
Our Introduction to Critical Appraisal workshop will take you through the statistics, terminology and process, while our highly interactive Critical Appraisal in Action session gives you the opportunity to appraise a research article in a group facilitated by one of our librarians.

As well as our published workshops, we can also create tailored sessions for you team or department, and  we can always do a one to one session if you can't make any of our published dates, and we can even come to you.

Finally, if face to face training is not your thing, or you just want a little help, we have a selection of videos on our YouTube channel that can help you with getting to grips with some of these skills.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Web site of the month: The Library Advent Calendar


The 24 days of library
The 24 days of Library! We have created a library Advent calendar on our catalogue site.

Simply visit the site and click on the tree like the one opposite to see the Advent item of the day. We've started with the link between drinking champagne and staving off dementia.

Each day there will be a new snippet, health related stories, good sources of information and even the odd library related item.

Of course the added bonus is our Advent calendar is not fattening, contains no alcohol (champagne story aside) and is both gluten & dairy free. You may even learn something useful...

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

How the Library Service can benefit from your Amazon purchases

Buy it now!
How would you like to help make our budget go just that little bit further, and at no cost to yourself?

If you are an Amazon customer, its as simple as clicking a link!

By clicking on the "buy it now" link in our catalogue, on our web site or from this blog, a percentage of the price of anything you buy will come to us, all at no additional cost to you.

It doesn't matter if you are buying a book, clothing, music downloads or something expensive like a new computer, we will get a percentage of the purchase price.

The tracking ID will stay on your computer for 24 hours, so anything you purchase from Amazon in that time will automatically be included.

"What's the catch?" you may ask. There isn't one.

Clicking on the link doesn't change what you pay to Amazon, and we can't see what you have bought.

Clicking the link just means we get some money back which we can then invest in the library service to help make what we do go a little further.

So please, if you are going to be shopping with Amazon, help us at the same time as you engage in a little retail therapy, and use our Buy It Now link to send a little of Amazon's profits our way.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Evidence for everyday nursing and midwifery

The UK Cochrane Centre have started a new social media based service to share the latest evidence in nursing and midwifery called Evidence for Everyday Nursing and Evidence for Everyday Midwifery.

The service offers evidence on common topics in nursing or midwifery in short summaries they call "blogshots" (like the one below), with links to the full evidence (often Cochrane reviews), if you want to look further.

See the evidence at the Cochrane Library


The service is available across a number of social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

We think following the the hashtags #EENursing or #EEMidwifery on Twitter is the easiest way to keep up with what's new (and if you are unsure about Twitter you can contact us for help).

This is a very easy way to keep up to date with the latest evidence affecting everyday practice, and also a useful resource in helping with revalidation. You can even share it with your colleagues or the wider professional community.

If you want more information you can find it on the Evidently Cochrane blog.

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Web site of the month: Shaare Zedek Cancer Pain and Palliative Care Reference Database

The database is a freely available specialist resource containing over 30,000 bibliographic (not full text) references relating to cancer and palliative care. 

It is easy to use with a simple interface allowing you to search across multiple fields at the same time (e.g. title, author, journal, year). You can also use phrase searching and boolean operators to make your results more accurate.

A more unusual feature of the database is that the entire content is available for download, although you will need to have End Note reference management software to take advantage of this.

This free database is worth considering for anyone interested in oncology and palliative care.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

October Eyes on Evidence from NICE


Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly bulletin from NICE Evidence Services which reviews significant new evidence as it emerges and what this might mean for current practice.

In the October issue
 you can find:
  • Intra-arterial treatment of acute ischaemic stroke
  •  Drugs with anticholinergic effects and the cognitive impairment, falls and all-cause mortality
  • Suicide prevention programmes in schools
  • Pregnancy outcomes in women who have had bariatric surgery
  • Physical and mental health of carers
Evidence summaries from NICE's Medicines and Prescribing Programme:
  • Prucalopride for chronic constipation 
  • Chronic pain: unintentional overdose in people receiving opioid analgesics for non-cancer pain 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the effect of roflumilast on exacerbations in people with severe disease – the REACT study.
You can find subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Essential library system maintenance Monday 19th of October.

We will be conducting some essential maintenance to our library management system on Monday the 19th of October. IT will be moving it onto a different server and it will be out of action for the whole day.



This means there will be no access to our catalogue, and we will not be able to search our system, access user records or renew any loans on that day. The Bookmyne app will also be out of action for the duration of the move.

We will still be able to loan our stock if you come into the libraries.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Books, books and more books!

You may be unsurprised to discover we are quite keen on books in the library (even though our service is much more than that).

We have added a list of all our recent acquisitions in the last month to our web site with new titles covering topics such as:

  • Health services management
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health 
  • Nursing & midwifery
  • Research
  • ...and many more

We also have lots of books for review in our on approvals scheme. We have a whole selection of titles to peruse, and are looking for recommendations on those you think we should buy.

Our current selections are available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic too.

Don't forget, we also have over 1000 ebooks available via Clinical Key as well as other titles, such as the new edition of the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines and the Oxford Handbook / Textbooks in Psychiatry.

Finally, if we don't have it in stock and you don't need us to buy it, we can usually borrow it for you from another library.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Libraries unstaffed, Wednesday the 14th of October

All three library sites will be unstaffed on Wednesday the 14th of October as we will be spending the day training.










Access will still be available to registered members at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries by swiping in using your membership card as usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience....

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Web site of the month: NICE learning resources

NICE have developed a range of online educational resources. Developed in conjunction with other organisations, the resources are designed to support the implementation of NICE guidance and putting evidence into practice.

The resources are all free to access, but you will need to registered to use some of them.

Topics available include:

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

New books and journals added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added some new electronic journals and books to Clinical Key this month, including:

Journals
Books

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Our subscription to Clinical Key this year was generously funded by the Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

September Eyes on Evidence from NICE


Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly bulletin from NICE Evidence Services which reviews significant new evidence as it emerges and what this might mean for current practice.

In the September issue
 you can find:
  • Mortality in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or venlafaxine in early pregnancy
  • Long-term outcomes for endovascular coiling after ruptured cerebral aneurysm
  • Silent cerebral infarctions after atrial fibrillation 
  • Neighbourhood fast foot outlets and type 2 diabetes
  •  
Evidence summaries from NICE's Medicines and Prescribing programme:
  • Type 2 diabetes: implementing NICE guidance on self-monitoring of plasma glucose 
  • Digoxin in atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure 
  • Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea: effects of PPIs and H2 receptor antagonists on clinical response and recurrence
You can find subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Monday, 14 September 2015

The end of the journey


So…  7 library staff; 100 days; 3,532 miles; 8,880,969 steps; Tokyo to Andorra.

It’s the end of a 100 day journey for the Library Stampers who, with people from all round the world, have counted their steps, swimming and cycling and attempted to improve their activity. As an office based team we feel we have done well to keep our step average just above that of NHFT as a whole. For some of us it has been a reassuring confirmation that we already lead a healthy lifestyle, that can be built on just by doing extra steps on quiet days or choosing to walk rather than drive sometimes. Others have embraced the challenge of pushing themselves to improve their health and fitness, by taking up running or building walks into their daily routine.

We’ve been made more aware of our nutrition too and several people have made changes that, like those with our exercise,  are ones that hopefully will continue well beyond the GCC 100 days.

Although sometimes fitting the steps in has been a chore the discipline of entering your steps each day and not wanting to let the team down has helped us persevere. It has also been fun, watching the leaderboard, seeing new locations opening up and winning trophies along the way and most of us would like to repeat the experience next year.


Bring on GCC 2016!

Friday, 11 September 2015

Stay up-to-date with some of your favourite journals with the Ovid Today app

Did you know you can get access to all the electronic journals the library gets from Ovid through a single free iPad app?

Ovid Today lets you browse, read and save your favourite journals directly from your iPad. With Ovid Today you can:
  • Stay up to date with the very latest journal content (including publications ahead of print
  • Access 6 months worth of rolling content
  • Search for and select your favourite Ovid journals to follow
  • Browse specialisms and journal tables of contents
  • Read a PDF of any article
  • Create a personal reading list and add articles to review later
To get started with Ovid Today simply download the app from iTunes (it is not currently available for Android devices). If you are a registered member of library you will then need to contact us to obtain the OvidSP ID and password to gain access to our journals. If you are not registered with us you will need to come into the library.

Once your account is set up you will be ready to start adding the journal titles you are interested in to your carousel, and away you go...

The titles you can currently access via the app include:
  • A&A Case Reports 
  • AJN, American Journal of Nursing 
  • Anesthesia & Analgesia 
  • Anesthesiology 
  • Annals of Surgery 
  • Bone & Joint Journal 
  • BJS, British Journal of Surgery 
  • Cancer Nursing 
  • Case Connector 
  • Circulation 
  • Critical Care Medicine 
  • Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology 
  • Essential Surgical Techniques 
  • European Eating Disorders Review 
  • Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (Am) 
  • Journal of ECT 
  • Journal of Trauma & Acute Care Surgery 
  • Neurology 
  • Neurology Clinical Practice 
  • Neurology Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation 
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology 
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open 
  • Spine 
  • Stroke


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Help us to buy the books you want

Guillaume Bude,  Librarian to Francis I
 Courtesy of  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
We want to be sure that the books we buy are the books you actually need to support your work and learning.

We review publisher's catalogues, scan reading lists and peruse different web sites, but what we like best is when you tell us what you need.

That is where our books on approval scheme comes in.

Every two months our supplier sends us a selection of new publications on relevant health topics which are available for you to review and suggest titles for us to purchase (or sometimes, not to purchase!).

Our current selections will be available at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries until Friday the 16th of October. Topics covered include:
  • Anaesthesiology 
  • Midwifery
  • Neurology
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry & mental health
  • Obstetrics & gynaecology
  • Rheumatology
  • ...and many more
Of course we are always happy to have recommendations for new stock on any health related topic.

You can also find a list of titles we have recently purchased (including previous On Approvals) on our web site and all of our stock via the library catalogue.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Web site of the month: Search Medica

Search Medica is a UK developed search engine aimed at health professionals. Powered by a customised Google search, it allows you to search the web and bring back results that are actually relevant to your work (unlike a more general search).

The site was originally intended for use by doctors, but since its launch in 2006, it has been further developed to include results relevant to nurses, pharmacists medical and other health professionals.

Search Medica is a great alternative to starting with Google if you are looking for clinical information.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Grab yourself a bargain! The great library book sale bonanza starts on the 1st of September

"And this book only cost me a quid..."
Image courtesy of  the MetMuseum
It's back!

For the last few years we have been offering recently withdrawn library stock at knock-
down prices to our users, and it has proved so popular we are doing it again.

Starting on Tuesday the 1st of September will will be offering  a variety of titles covering lots of different topics and disciplines, including previous editions of current text books, at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries

Costing just £1 or £2 each, you could find yourself a real bargain.

You'll need to be quick though as they tend to sell fast.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

August bank holiday closure

All the Libraries will be unstaffed on Monday the 31st of August for the bank holiday.

Crowd at the Seashore 1910. www.metmuseum.org


24 hour access is available as usual to our registered members by swiping in using your library card at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries.

We reopen as normal on Tuesday the 1st of September at all of our sites.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

August Eyes on Evidence from NICE


Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly bulletin from NICE Evidence Services which reviews significant new evidence as it emerges and what this might mean for current practice.

In the August issue
 you can find:
  • Quality of life in young people with cerebral palsy
  • Fractional flow reserve to guide percutaneous coronary intervention in people with stable coronary artery disease
  • Latanoprost for newly diagnosed open-angle glaucoma
  • Childhood factors and inactivity in adulthood
  • Positive and negative emotive content in tobacco control TV adverts
Evidence summaries from NICE's Medicines and Prescribing programme
  • Type 2 diabetes: insulin degludec/liraglutide (Xultophy) 
  • Type 2 diabetes: dulaglutide (Trulicity) 
  • Ulcerative colitis: budesonide multimatrix (Cortiment) 
  • Acute coronary syndrome: ezetimibe added to simvastatin (IMPROVE-IT study) 
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding: differences among anticoagulants 
  • Cardiovascular disease: risk of diabetes and statin treatment Risk of suicide, attempted suicide or self-harm with antidepressants
You can find subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Cite This For Me - the easy way to create bibliographies

Cite This For Me is an incredibly useful free resource for anyone who has to complete a list of references or a full bibliography (we have produced our own short guide to references and citations too).

The website lets you add an internet address (for a web site or electronic journal article, for example) or search for a book. It will then give you the correct reference in the style you have selected (for other types of item you may have to manually add more details).

There are a huge amount of bibliographic styles available, from common ones like Harvard or Vancouver, through to different societies (e.g. the APA) through to "house styles" for particular journals (e.g. the British Journal of Psychiatry). All are easily selectable from a drop down menu.

As well as books, journals and web sites, Cite This For Me also has options to reference:

  • newpaper articles
  • podcasts
  • blogs
  • press releases
  • DVDs / films
  • ...and many more

You can create a whole bibliography which you can then export as a MS Word compatible .rtf file. Your bibliography will be stored for up to 7 days (which is unlimited if you opt to upgrade to the paid version of the site). There is even a Google Chrome extension to make it easier to update your bibliography on the fly.

Cite For Me is a really useful tool for students, academics, writers and anyone who has to produce a document that involved reference. It is easy to use and does most of the hard work for you. We highly recommend it.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Web site of the month: NHS Horizon Scanning Centre

The Horizon Scanning Centre is part of the NHS National Institute for Health Research and is based  at the School of Health, University of Birmingham.

The HSC's role is around providing information on emerging technologies that could have a significant impact on patients or on the way NHS services in the near future.

The HSC covers

  • Drugs & pharmaceuticals
  • Advanced therapy medicinal products (ATMP)
  • Therapeutic (not childhood) vaccines, 
  • Medical devices and equipment
  • Diagnostic and predictive tests and procedures
  • Rehabilitation aids and therapy

The Centre produces a number of briefings and reports which you can view by specialty. Each specialty includes drug, diagnostic and device briefings, as well as other reports. All are available to download.

The specialties available include:
You can also find open access journal articles on the site which HSC staff have published, and again they are freely available to download.

Finally you can also sign up to  receive an email bulletin that contains the latest news, briefings and reports, which is an ideal way to keep an eye on the technology around the corner (you can also follow them on Twitter).

The Horizon Scanning Centre is a really useful way to keep up to date with the evaluation of emerging technologies and their likely impact on the NHS.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

New ebooks on sexuality and gender added to stock

We have just added two new electronic books to our collection, on sexuality and gender.

Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: a resource for the transgender community is a comprehensive, reader-friendly guide for transgender people, with each chapter written by transgender authors. Each chapter takes the reader through an important transgender issue, such as race, religion, employment, medical and surgical transition, mental health topics, relationships, sexuality, parenthood, arts and culture, and many more.

Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals takes on the inherent complexities of sexuality and gender to create a practical guide to familiarise the reader with all of the common and many of the less common sexualities, genders and relationship forms, and explains experiences and issues relating to each. 

Like our other ebooks (find them all on our catalogue), you will need an Open Athens password to access the book. If you don't have one you can register online here.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Global Corporate Challenge - the half way point

Last week the Library Stampers, reached half way in the GCC walking challenge, 50 days of recording our steps and challenging ourselves to do that little bit better. We have ‘walked’ from Tokyo, through South East Asia, Australia and the western coast of the US and are now in the lap of luxury that is the Hamptons. As a team we have done 4,780,072 steps, the equivalent of 1901 miles.

East Hampton Beach, courtesy of Michael McDonough on Flickr


The stage 2 mini challenge was to see if the team could register more than 100,000 steps in a day and we managed a magnificent 147,352. More importantly our daily average has risen from 12,042 in the first week to 13,411 at half way point.

Team members can be seen arriving early at work to fit a walk in, nipping out at lunchtime to walk round the hospital, and even jogging round the park having undertaken the NHS Couch to 5k during the challenge. Sadly one team member has had to be substituted due to injury so we welcome her replacement who has already discovered how many steps you clock up in a 2 year old’s dance class! 

It’s best foot forward for the next 50 days to see if we can keep improving


Saturday, 18 July 2015

New books and journals added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added some new electronic journals and books to Clinical Key this month.

Journals
Books

Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Our subscription to Clinical Key this year was generously funded by the 

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Libraries unstaffed, afternoon of Wednesday the 15th of July

All three library sites will be unstaffed on the afternoon of Wednesday the 15th of July as we will be doing some staff training.


Access will still be available to registered members at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries by swiping in using your membership card as usual.

We apologise for any inconvenience....

Friday, 10 July 2015

July Eyes on Evidence from NICE















Eyes on Evidence is a free monthly bulletin from NICE Evidence Services which reviews significant new evidence as it emerges and what this might mean for current practice.

In the July issue
 you can find:
  • Symptom remission and quality of life in schizophrenia
  • Enhanced care and support at hospital discharge for elderly people
  • Using information on quality to make decisions about services
  • Long working hours and alcohol use
  • Risk of neuropsychiatric adverse events with varenicline
Evidence summaries from NICE's Medicines and Prescribing programme:
  • Osteoarthritis and low back pain: evidence reviews raise further questions about the efficacy and safety of paracetamol
  • Medicines optimisation: discontinuing statin therapy in palliative care
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): indacaterol/glycopyrronium combination inhaler compared with tiotropium and formoterol in a randomised, non-inferiority study
You can find subscribe to receive the bulletin by email on the NICE Evidence Services site.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

12th edition of the Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry now available online

Access it online
The newest edition of the popular Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry is now available online via the 123Library site.

The fully updated 12th edition features:

  • A guide to psychiatric disorders and psychopharmacology
  • Which drugs to prescribe and the side effects to look for, how to augment them or swap them
  • Specific guidance on common psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, depression or bipolar
  • Guidance on specific populations such as children, the elderly and pregnant women

To access the guidelines you will need to go to the 123Library site and click the large log in button at the top of the page, then click Athens. Enter your Athens user name and password and you will then be able to access the book.

If you don't have an Athens account NHS staff and attached students can register for one online. If you have an account but have forgotten the password you can reset it here.

If you need more help in accessing this, or the many other electronic books available to you via your NHS Athens account, we have produced a guide on how to use them which you can find on our web site, along with additional guides to e-journals, databases and more. Alternatively, you can always contact us.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Web site of the month: eTools.ch

www.etools.ch/
eTools.ch is a Swiss hosted metasearch engine. What is a metasearch engine? Rather than having it's own database of sites, eTools searches 15 different sources at the same time to present you with a comprehensive list of information. There is more information about the way it searches on the site.

The sites it uses for searching include Google, DuckDuck go (which we really like), Bing, Ask and Google Scholar, to name a few.

eTools allows you to set a number of preferences that are saved onto your device by a cookie (meaning no having to remember yet another log in). These include:

  • main country to be searched
  • language
  • weighting to give to each of the 15 sources, from normal to very important. You can even select sources and exclude them from your search results completely.
  • safe search filter
  • a number of setting around how results are displayed

eTools also offers phrase search (using " "), AND, OR and NOT operators. You can also download your results as a .PDF file using the handy results tool.

Finally, eTools also offers a mobile friendly version, making it easy to use with a tablet or smartphone.

With it's handy customisable search features, eTools is a useful way of quickly searching a number of different sources to get a better spread of results, all from one place.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Richmond Library 10th birthday quiz - winners and answers

The Richmond Library celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this month.

As part of the festivities, we invited you all to enter our fiendishly difficult library quiz. The results are now in and the winners have claimed their prizes.

1st prize, a £20 Blackwell's voucher, being
presented to Namita Matthews by Jane Cooper



2nd prize, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine
being presented to Sarah Lowe by Jane Proctor
















A big thank you to Blackwell's who kindly donated these prizes.


3rd prize, a posh pen, being presented to Alex Robinson
For those of you who entered but didn't win, we thought we might console you with the answers to the quiz questions (and we hope you enjoyed the free cake!).

Q. Since the Richmond Library opened approximately how many library visits have there been?

A. Over 200,000


Q. How many books have been borrowed from the Richmond Library since June 2005?

A. 83, 526

Q. How many journal titles can you access full-text online using your NGH Athens login?

A. 16,419

Q. Which online resource does the library provide access to, Clinical Key, Medical Masterclass or UpToDate?

A. All of the above

Q. How many years of library experience do the 7 members of the Richmond Library team have between them? 

A. 153 (which makes some of us feel very old)

Q. How many journal articles has the library obtained for our users since June 2005?

A. 11,478

Q. Who said “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”?

A. Cicero


Saturday, 27 June 2015

New electronic books added to Clinical Key

Elsevier have added some new electronic book titles to Clinical Key this month.

New titles available online include:


Clinical Key is a fantastic, easy to use resource that contains huge amounts of full text content including:
  • 1,400 topic pages
  • Over 600 electronic journals 
  • Over 1000 electronic books
  • 850 First Consult monographs
  • 17,000 + medical / surgical videos
  • 300 + Procedures Consult videos
  • 15,000 patient education handouts
  • 2.2 million images
  • You can find a full content list here
To access Clinical Key all you need is your OpenAthens password (register online here if you don't have one) to get started.

Our subscription to Clinical Key this year was generously funded by the 


Friday, 19 June 2015

Library catalogue out of action from 4 pm on Thursday 25th of June

The library catalogue will be unavailable for a few hours from 4pm on Thursday 25th June while we upgrade our library management system.

You will not be able to look up books to find if we hold them or log in to renew your loans. You will still be able to borrow and return books at each of our libraries or renew loans by contacting us.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please ask staff for any help you need.

Happy 10th birthday to the Richmond Library!

The Richmond Library is celebrating its 10th
anniversary this month! The library moved
into its current premises in the William Kerr Building
 (Area J) on the 21st June 2005.                                                                    
To celebrate we are having a library open day on Monday 22nd June. 
Please pop in to find out more about us and what we can do to support you. There will be free cakes, sweets and drinks available plus your chance to win a £20 voucher courtesy of Blackwell's, by entering our library quiz!

The open day will run from 9am-5pm, and we look forward to seeing you there!

You can contact us on extension 5929 or email richmondlibrary@nhft.nhs.uk

Visit the library website at http://www.library.northants.nhs.uk

Inside the Richmond Library

Friday, 12 June 2015

Our library web site is out of action temporarily

If you need our library catalogue you can access it:  http://nhft.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/default/?

You will be able to renew or check any items that you have out on loan or look for any items that we have in stock.

Apologies for the inconvenience

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Local Health Profiles 2015 for Northamptonshire now available

Data for Northamptonshire
Public Health of England have published the Local Health Profiles for Northamptonshire. The
profiles draw together information which includes:
  • An ‘At a glance’ summary description of people’s health in the area, which includes information on locally identified priorities
  • Maps and charts showing how the health of the area compares to the national view and information on health inequalities within the local authority
The Health Profiles website also provides interactive maps and charts for users to create their own views of the data, and links to further supporting and relevant products.

You can find all of the profiles for Northamptonshire on the Health Profiles site.

Alternatively you can find the profiles for individual areas here:
You can also find the updated Local Alcohol Profiles for England here.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Global Corporate Challenge week 1


And they're off...

The Global Corporate Challenge finally started last week and the Library Stampers donned their pedometers and started stamping. 

Our pre-walk estimates of how many steps we did each day proved to be way too low (or were we all scuttling here and there, worried about letting the team down?).
At the end of the first week we’ve averaged 12,042 steps each a day, covering 262 miles. Our virtual journey has taken us from Tokyo to Yokohama and Mount Fuji, on the Bullet train to Kyoto and Osaka and finally by plane to Seoul.

Seoul by night

There are a few aching joints and possibly too much time is being spent on checking our position on the leaderboard but it’s certainly making us think about how active we are. Gardening, looking after grandchildren and of course shelving books are all providing us with more exercise than we realised.