Year in Review

I write this on my second-to-last day as a trainee in Torquay. Reflecting on my time here, I cannot believe  how quick it’s all been and how much I’ve managed to learn in such a short time. In my final weeks I’ve been working on our Summer Entertainment Campaign, where I get to deliver fiction [...]

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Neurodiversity Day

A few weeks ago I joined the horizon centre for a day of neurodiversity training. Here we discussed how to best support neurodiversity in the workforce using a strengths-based approach. It was useful to discuss accessibility and learning differences, particularly in the context of libraries and medical education/re-validation. It was also a great way to network with [...]

A Whirlwind Tour

Throughout my year in Torbay, I've been lucky enough to visit a number of different libraries, including those in the public and health sectors (here, here and here). Last week I traveled up to London for a crash-course in membership libraries. Visiting five in just under three days (plus the British Library), I met some wonderful new people while only scratching the [...]

Knowledge Share

Current awareness is a buzzword in healthcare. For many years librarians have disseminated the latest evidence to their members using tools such as regular email lists. However, recently these systems have become more advanced. Brighton and Sussex University NHS Foundation Trust set up "Knowledge Share" in 2013 as a way to personalize current awareness. http://www.londonlinks.nhs.uk/2013-events/november/ben-skinner-knowledgeshare.pdf Their system includes an algorithm which matches [...]

Met Office

The Met Office is the UK's national weather service. In 2004 its headquarters were moved to Exeter. It is a stunning building, with a sidewalk-inspired interior complete with street lamps, trees and a small creek. The Met is a huge organization, and has its own in-house library and archive. Last week I shadowed their librarians and archivist for a morning. Trying to [...]

Southmead Hospital

A few days ago I visited Southmead Hospital and library. Recently re-furbished, the library was much bigger and more modern than ours here at Torbay. It's really great to be able to meet more people in the profession, and one of the things that I liked most about this visit was talking to staff who had previously worked in mental [...]

Community Visits: Totnes

After we became an ICO (Integrated Care Organization) last year, the librarians here at Torbay have been eager to visit community hospitals for outreach. Last week I visited Totnes Hospital with my manager to meet with their staff. There's no designated library there, and the hospital is much smaller and considerably less frantic. Also its interior reminded me [...]