Using Netvibes To Create A Current Awareness Service In Healthcare
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Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries have created a Netvibes 'Universe' (www.netvibes.com/sathlibraries) to offer current awareness services to its users. Each subject 'tab' offers the latest......

Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries have created a Netvibes 'Universe' (www.netvibes.com/sathlibraries) to offer current awareness services to its users. Each subject 'tab' offers the latest contents from a range of print and e-journals available to its users, along with newsfeeds and new books.

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  • 1. Using Netvibes to create a current awareness service in healthcare Jason Curtis Electronic Resources Librarian Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries
  • 2. The dilemma
    • How to provide current awareness to a diverse range of departments and professions?
    • How to avoid duplicating work already being done elsewhere in the NHS?
    • The solution? Netvibes!
    • www.netvibes.com/sathlibraries
  • 3. Why Netvibes?
    • Easy to add RSS feeds from any source
    • Easy to create public pages (Universes) with multiple ‘tabs’
    • No need for our users to register or login to view the site
  • 4. Our Netvibes page contains…
    • Multiple ‘tabs’ for a range of subjects
  • 5. Our Netvibes page contains…
    • Contents of the latest journals, automatically updated
  • 6. Our Netvibes page contains…
    • Latest news from National Library for Health Specialist Libraries and other sources
  • 7. Our Netvibes page contains…
    • Recent books added to our libraries (via Shelfari widgets)
  • 8. RSS feeds come from…
    • National Library for Health (Specialist Libraries and other feeds from the RSS directory)
    • National electronic Library for Medicine
    • BMJ and AMA Journals (full-text for NHS Athens)
    • BioMed Central journals (free full-text)
    • MedWorn (pre-configured and search query results
  • 9. More RSS feeds…
    • EBSCOHost databases (CINAHL full-text and Health Business elite)
    • Provide RSS feeds for journals in full-text and journals held in our libraries
  • 10. Advantages of the site
    • Shows the range of journals available in a given subject
    • Access to full-text at article level (where available)
    • Showcase RSS feeds available for a given subject
    • Assists users who don’t want to set up an RSS reader or search for feeds
  • 11. Promoting local resources
    • Provides contents for journals purchased in print for our libraries
    • Displays covers of our new books by subject
    • Somewhere to display our local RSS feeds (such as our blog and local staff publications on Connotea)
  • 12. The idea of browsing…
    • Recreating the current journals display (but in this case, more usefully ‘shelved’ by subject)
    • Finding interesting articles by serendipity
    • See covers of new books on your topic (rather than just a list of all books for the previous month)
  • 13. Email alerts
    • Feedback has shown that users still like email alerts
    • We’re using Yahoo! Pipes and Feedburner to create email subscription services for each tab
    • Users will receive an email each day something new appears on their chosen tab
  • 14. The ‘social’ aspect
    • Our users and other health libraries can:
    • Copy feeds on our page to their own Netvibes page
    • Clone our Yahoo! Pipes to create their own combined feeds
    • Post comments and feedback on our wall
  • 15. The future…
    • New feeds from the proposed NHS England alerting service can be added when available
    • More subject tabs will be added
    • Email alerts will be made available for each tab
    • We’ll do an evaluation of the site after six months
    • www.netvibes.com/sathlibraries