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 … Continue reading Year in Review

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Critical Care Presentations

After seeing students come in and out of the library everyday, it was nice to be invited to their end of year presentations. For each set of presentations a librarian gets invited to help mark and this time I was free to shadow the whole 1/2 day event. On this course, each student wrote an essay/made a … Continue reading Critical Care Presentations

Summer Entertainment Campaign

As I am getting ready to leave Torquay (just under five weeks to go!), I have been working on an independent project, the Summer Entertainment Campaign. This is based off of the Winter lucky-dip and is a way that hospital staff can have a book or DVD delivered directly to their ward or office. All they need to do … Continue reading Summer Entertainment Campaign

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 … Continue reading Neurodiversity Day

Library 101: Cataloguing

On Wednesday I got to have a go at some cataloguing. For those of you not familiar with library-speak, cataloguing is the process by which books, journals, audio-visual materials etc, are put into a database. Every title is described in a separate record, and each record contains searchable information plus computer coding. The coding is called … Continue reading Library 101: Cataloguing

Field Trip

Last week I visited Plymouth’s Discovery library, one of the biggest NHS libraries in the region. Although they have twice the number of staff and more than four times the amount of physical space, we share many of the same functions. I saw students and staff reading journals, researching and completing e-learning. Something unique to … Continue reading Field Trip

MOOCs, Meetings and a Flu Shot

Hello! Week two started off quickly, with more book processing and bookmark making. I have a feeling I'll be doing a lot of this in the upcoming year! On Monday I also shadowed my supervisor at the All-Managers meeting, where the hospital's senior staff (e.g. director of nursing, directors of finance), come together to brief on the hospital's … Continue reading MOOCs, Meetings and a Flu Shot