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Library Knowledge Services (North)

New Starter - Carly Rowley

Being a musician by training, one might wonder how I’ve come to librarianship as a career! After completing my PhD in Music in 2016, I realised that whilst I wanted to continue my activities as a researcher, I also wanted to pursue something else as my daily job. As a student, I really enjoyed working as a writing mentor and helping other students gain more confidence in key skills. So working in libraries really appeared to provide what I was looking for.…

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New Starter - Erica Hateley, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

2018 was a big year for me. After deciding to pursue a mid-life career change away from higher education teaching and research, I started my professional journey as a librarian by enrolling in a Library and Information Management postgraduate course at Manchester Metropolitan University.…

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A Library Assistant's Journey to CILIP certification

Having been in my Library Assistant post since 2016, I was keen to find a way in which I could develop myself professionally [outside of the various Library Assistant study days and general CPD activities]. A colleague told me about CILIP Certification and after doing some of my own research I knew this was the route I wanted to take.…

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Lynfest 2019

June 2019 saw the annual LYNFEST – a celebration of arts and music at Bradford District Care Foundation Trust’s (BDCFT) Lynfield Mount Hospital. This year’s festival had its widest-ever range of activities and events, including displays of service-user artwork, stand-up comedy, open mic, freestyle rap, performance poetry, musical drama, a gardening competition, a pottery workshop and lots of live music, not to mention a ceilidh! BDCFT library have proactively supported the festival from its inception in 2016 and for the second year running we were privileged to be involved…

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Stuck on a Knowledge Island Knowledge Management Advanced Course

In July this year, I was lucky enough to receive a HCLU sponsored place on the Knowledge Management Advanced Course in Henley-Upon-Thames. The course was facilitated by KM Master, Chris Collison and I joined a diverse group from the likes of KPMG to the National Lottery, to learn about knowledge management.…

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Good citizens in a fairer world with libraries as third places

Walking along Oxford Road in Manchester brought back memories of my time studying for an MA in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. I have only visited this part of Manchester a couple of times since graduating and this was my first time on official library business; my first time at the CILIP conference, having received a bursary from CILIP Yorkshire & Humber.…

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Bridge, Act, SharE, Learn - BASEL

The European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) hold an annual event with this year’s being hosted in Basel, Switzerland in June. I was asked to deliver a workshop with librarians working in the Midlands on embedding knowledge in transformation and our role in this process.…

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Experience as an Exhibitor (It's Great Up North)

I started my new role with Elsevier as Commercial Product Manager for Clinical Solutions in April 2019 and I’ve been trying to visit as many customers as possible as part of my induction and to learn more about our products and the people who use them.…

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Getting started with PubMed's Outside Tool

PubMed recently announced that they are retiring LinkOut and urged libraries to sign up for their Outside Tool instead. LinkOut made it fairly easy for NHS libraries to get their resources into PubMed but Outside Tool is a bit trickier.…

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