My name is Amy Clancy and I am documenting my year as a Graduate Library and Knowledge Services Trainee with Greater Manchester Mental Health and Cheshire Wirral Partnership.
I’d like to start this blog post off with some good news - I’ve now been accepted onto the MA Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University! I’ll be writing more about my experience on the course throughout the rest of the year, but what that means for me right now is that I’ll be staying with GMMH and CWP for a little longer (which means I’ll have lots more graduate trainee blog posts to work on!)
Since my last blog post, I have been working on an email campaign with CWP to promote the library’s journal subscriptions. We managed to send personalised emails to over 2000 staff members with suggestions for journals they may be interested in, based on their role. Many staff members have decided to sign up and will now receive the latest table of contents for their chosen journals when they are published. It’s been nice to hear feedback from the Trust staff about how this will improve their access to CPD. This was a great project to end my time formally working for CWP (although I’ll still be working for them remotely and obviously visiting whenever I can). We have already exchanged gifts and cards, but I still want to say a big thank you to Vicky Bramwell, Paul Edwards and Ed Newman for their support and guidance over the past 6 months!
At GMMH, I have mostly been dividing my time between assisting with a new training programme and co-organising an event for Libraries Week 2019. The Better Information Programme is a new training programme that focusses on how to find, share, create and appraise health information. The training will be delivered to health and social care professionals across Manchester, who will then become Knowledge Champions and pass this on to the community. My role in this project has included helping to develop course content, facilitating sessions, organising venues and promotion. It’s been interesting to see what goes into an event like this, and I’m looking forward to assisting with the delivery of the training sessions in November.
Our Libraries Week event was a success. I worked with my colleagues Naomi Hall and Caroline Collinge, and we managed to speak to 26 staff members about our e-resources and sign 10 staff members up for OpenAthens accounts. We also had a jigsaw, ‘Build your dream library out of LEGO’ and plenty of sweets and chocolates available, which all went down really well. Putting on an event to promote the Library and Knowledge Service was a great experience and something I hope to have the opportunity to do again in the future.
As I say in every blog post, I’m still really enjoying my role. I’ve been lucky to work on a huge variety of things since January and am looking forward to the upcoming projects I will work on in the future.
Graduate Library and Knowledge Services Trainee
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust