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.


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: 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.