In the summer, Library Technician Sylvie Seton left the trust. The decision was made to appoint an Assistant Librarian role instead of a Library Technician role and Jessica Waite joined the library service in October.
The change in team structure reflects an increase demand in literature search requests, which has increased on the number performed in 2019.
In March 2020, the Trust board made the decision that all training would be delivered digitally. Therefore like many library services, all training moved to Microsoft Teams. While initial uptake was slow, demand has increased for virtual training.
Following the national lockdown announcement in March, the physical library closed until beginning of July. After social distancing measures were implemented, the library space remained open during the second and third lockdown. During the first and second peak, library staff members were redeployed to support covid-19 workstreams.
The library service was asked to deliver a weekly Current Awareness bulletin on Covid-19 related issues by the Medical Director. This bulletin went out too all medical staff between March and September, when the bulletin moved to a monthly service. Feedback has been positive.
Capturing reflections of staff from the second wave of Covid
The Library Lead is working on a knowledge management project with the Quality Improvement team capturing the learning of staff members. Interviews are currently ongoing and the findings will be synthesised into a report and shared locally.
In line with the general digitisation of service during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have subscribed to Page Tiger, which is a platform for online publishing. Now we only distribute our library welcome leaflet in online format and are about to start work digitising our literature searching leaflet to the Page Tiger format.
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