Using the Forums on EELWhy use them?•To share and disseminate ideas or ask for comments and feedback•“crowd sourcing” – to invite colleagues to contribute their knowledgeon a topic, e.g., using the ELMS forum to ask for advice on how toset up reports, or other functionality issues, or using the EEHISTforum to share ideas on the best use of web 2.0 tools•For open peer review of articles or a particular piece of work, or toshare feedback and views of a particular event, e.g. training courses,conferences etc•For developing and creating training and educational materials – theinitial discussions could be made via the forum which avoidsclogging up inboxes and keeps the topic within the interested group•A forum for debate and discussion and a place to keep a record ofdiscussions, e.g., discussing topics of interest across the EoE likethe LQAF, library funding provision, future EoE training days etc
LQAF• 1.2c Active engagement with colleagues in other services -“active participation and contributing to local, regional and nationalnetworks”• Active = participating in and contributing to the network rather thanbeing a passive observer. Evidence of forum activity would satisfythis requirement.• 1.2e Service development is informed by relevant evidence -“empirical knowledge/evidence from other libraries, e.g. good orbest practice and innovations”
How do I use them?• Go to www.eel.nhs.uk and log in to the staff side.• All of the forums are attached to the various special interest group(SIG) pages. For this example, we will use the EEHIST page
On the EEHIST page, scroll to the bottom of the page where it says To view the latestEEHIST Forum topic or to post a new topic, click hereOn the forum page, to begin a new thread, click on General and then New Thread
Give your thread a subject, to make it easier for others to find, and type yourcomments in the box
You can view your comments before you post them by clicking on preview. Ifyou are happy to post them, click on submit.