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Supporting Research Commissioning



Presentation to University Health and Medical Libraries Group Spring Forum 2009.

Presentation to University Health and Medical Libraries Group Spring Forum 2009.



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    Supporting Research Commissioning Supporting Research Commissioning Presentation Transcript

    • Supporting Research Commissioning Carrie Sherlock College of Optometrists Anne Welsh & Jenny Wood Eyes & Vision Specialist Library
    • Informal research
      • Checking references in research proposals
        • For accuracy
        • For relevance
        • For comprehensiveness
      • Running literature searches
      • “ Fishing expeditions”
    • Research hubs
      • Establishing a role for the library
        • From the ground up
        • Relating to internal and external colleagues
        • Managing reputation
      • Managing time
        • Commitment not over commitment
      • Rapport with researchers
    • College Small Grants Scheme
    • Application process Applicant approaches College Advised to consult librarian Submits application Proposal accepted Proposal rejected Consults
    • Getting involved in the process
      • Awareness of project
      • What else can I do, how else can I get involved?
      • Mini needs assessment of the user group
      • Identify principal investigators
      • Iterative and reiterative process
      • Constant review
    • Formalising the process
      • Review of the iPRO programme (2 year)
      • Mandatory to consult librarian over literature searching?
      • Training sessions
        • Currently run by a practising optometrist
        • Understanding evidence based literature, statistics etc
        • Move to co-presenting
        • Expanding topics
    • Gaps in the knowledge
      • Database of Uncertainties about the
      • Effects of Treatments
      • Systematic review project -
      • identifying & assessing
      • systematic reviews since 1997
    • Research synergy Higher Education NHS 3 rd Sector
    • Assumptions
      • Don’t assume researchers know their needs
      • Don’t assume they know you exist
      • Don’t assume they know what a librarian does
      • Don’t assume that you or they know the gaps in the knowledge
      • Don’t assume that you know the results of a research project in advance
      • Don’t assume that your skills are not relevant
    • Take homes
      • Make sure that you have the resources to cope with the project
      • Don’t let your enthusiasm carry you away
      • Remember that your reputation is at stake
      • Networking and communications skills – building rapport
      • Proactive not reactive
      • Attitudinal shift
    • Contact details
        • Carrie Sherlock ~ [email_address]
        • Anne Welsh / Jenny Wood ~ [email_address]