Wednesday, 20 December 2017

How are we doing? New comments boards for your feedback

We are always keen to get feedback from our users. We want to know what we are doing right, what services you value, and, just as importantly, what we are getting wrong. Are there things we could do better? Things we don't do at all that you would find useful?

To this end we have created comments boards at the Berrywood and Richmond libraries and we are inviting you to leave us some feedback. 

Good or bad, we would really like to know what you think about the services we offer, the resources we buy on your behalf and anything else relating to the library service.

Next time you come in please have a look at the feedback we are being left and if you have a minute, tell us what you think (you don't have to leave your name unless you would like us to respond). After all, it is your library service...

Friday, 15 December 2017

Christmas opening at the libraries

All of the libraries will be open as normal up to Friday the 22nd of December.

Berrywood Hospital Library will be staffed from Wednesday the 27th until Friday the 29th of December, and then will reopen on Tuesday the 2nd of January.

Isebrook Hospital Library will be closed after Friday the 22nd of December for the Christmas period and will reopen on Tuesday the 2nd 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 Wednesday the 27th until Friday the 29th of December, and then will reopen on Tuesday the 2nd 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 2018.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Brief network outage at the Richmond Library, Friday 15th of December

In order to carry out some preparatory work for the installation of Wi-Fi, the networking team will have to take the Richmond Library completely offline.

This will happen at 8 am on Friday the 15th of December and means there will be no internet or network access (including printing and  access to our self-issue machine) for up to 30 minutes.

We apologise for the inconvenience. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Web site of the month: NIHR Search Signals

NIHR Search Signals
Designed to make important research evidence easily accessible to clinicians, practitioners and managers, the NHS National Institute for Health Research have set up a service called Search Signals as part of their Dissemination Centre Portal.

Each week they publish three or four new ‘Signals’ – short summaries of health research that have appeared recently in peer-reviewed journals.

This is a free, open access site and is fully searchable. Anyone can sign up on the website to receive a monthly update of all Signals that are published, or choose to receive Signals in particular categories.There is also an RSS feed available.

This summer the Dissemination Centre launched a new product: ‘My Signals’, which gives different readers’ personal perspectives on research published in the Signals format. The latest of these has been selected by two surgeons.

Search Signals is a great way to keep up to date with short summaries of the latest evidence and expert commentary.  Highly recommended.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Trial of the Wiley Medicine and Nursing Journals collection

For all of December we are having a trial of the Wiley Medicine and Nursing Journals collection.

The collection features over 400 full text journal titles (you can find the full list online here) covering acute medicine, mental health, nursing and research with titles available including :
  • Birth
  • British Journal of Psychology 
  • Cancer
  • British Journal of Surgery
  • International Journal of Dermatology
  • Journal of Advanced Nursing
  • Journal of Clinical Nursing
  • International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing in Critical Care
  • Prescriber
To access any of the titles in the collection all you need is your OpenAthens password (you can register for one here if you don;t have an account).

All of our journal content is available via two different routes:
  • If you are interested in viewing a particular title, simple go to the Journals A-Z list and log in. You can then browse or search for any journal.
The video below from our NHS library colleagues at Mid Yorkshire Hospital gives a great overview of the variety of content available (but please don't contact them if you have any problems!).

Please let us know if you have any feedback on the collection or need any help with access.