Monday, 24 November 2014

New Library Food and Drink Regulations

The library’s food and drink rules are as follows:
  •  In all areas of the library, apart from the quiet reading room:  water, lidded drinks, cold snacks and sweets, are all allowed.
  • Hot, messy or smelly food is not allowed.
  • In the Quiet Reading Room only water is allowed and a fine of £5 will be imposed for violations.
Library users are asked to clean up after themselves and to act with consideration for other people.  A fine of £5 will be imposed for violations.  Fines are donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.
These regulations were introduced in August 2014 and they represent a significant liberalisation of our rules.  Previously no food or drink, apart from water, was allowed anywhere in the library.
We would like to ask our users to respect the rules and to act in consideration of their fellow library users.
Many Thanks.

Title Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review

The full text is freely available here:

The authors identified 25 studies, all of which were conducted in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the UK, and USA. There is clearly a need for similar research in low- and middle-income countries
Objective: To assess the effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings on patient, healthcare provider, and researcher outcomes.

Materials: and methods Medline, CINAHL, ERIC, LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts), and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were searched from inception to June 2013. Studies involving librarian-provided services for patients encountering the healthcare system, healthcare providers, or researchers were eligible for inclusion. All librarian-provided services in healthcare settings were considered as an intervention, including hospitals, primary care settings, or public health clinics.

Results: Twenty-five articles fulfilled our eligibility criteria, including 22 primary publications and three companion reports. The majority of studies (15/22 primary publications) examined librarians providing instruction in literature searching to healthcare trainees, and measured literature searching proficiency. Other studies analyzed librarian-provided literature searching services and instruction in question formulation as well as the impact of librarian-provided services on patient length of stay in hospital. No studies were found that investigated librarians providing direct services to researchers or patients in healthcare settings.

Conclusions: Librarian-provided services directed to participants in training programs (eg, students, residents) improve skills in searching the literature to facilitate the integration of research evidence into clinical decision-making. Services provided to clinicians were shown to be effective in saving time for health professionals and providing relevant information for decision-making. Two studies indicated patient length of stay was reduced when clinicians requested literature searches related to a patient's case.

Friday, 7 November 2014

New Library Chairs!

We are pleased to announce that we have replaced all of the old computer chairs in the library.

We hope you find the new chairs comfortable!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Child Health Booster - an Endnote case study

Endnote has published a case study on our successful implementation of a site licence for colleagues at GOSH. Called "Child Health Booster", it describes the new site-wide licence giving medical staff at GOSH the same access to class-leading bibliography software as their academic colleagues. The full case study can be read here.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

DynaMed App

DynaMed can now be accessed using an iOS or Android device.

The app is available to NHS staff who have a valid NHS Athens Account and provides all of the functionality of the desktop based software in a handy mobile form.

Instructions on how to download and install DynaMed to your smartphone can be found here:

You will need a serial number in order to complete your registration. Please visit us at the library to obtain one.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

DynaMed now available

We are pleased to announce that NHS users now have access to DynaMed, the most current evidence-based clinical information solution, via the NHS Athens account.

DynaMed provides clinicians with current, unbiased and relevant clinical information allowing physicians to make the best possible decisions for their patients.

For more information or to access the resource follow the below link and login using your NHS Athens password:

DynaMed is also available as an app for iOS and Android mobile devices. Click below to find out more information:

Thursday, 10 July 2014

NHS trial access to medical research

A pilot trial  lasting for a year will allow staff working across the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland free trial access to some of the most respected medical and scientific journals.

Information about  the launch of the pilot has been released by JISC and by NICE.

The publishers who have agreed to take part include: AAAS, Annual Reviews, Elsevier, IOP Publishing, Nature Publishing Group, Oxford University Press, Royal Society of Chemistry and Springer.
For more information please contact