"we are not in Kansas anymore..."

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Emily Hopkins gave this presentation at the Career Development Group's National Conference 2011. The theme this year was : "The Practical Professional", Monday 21st November 2011

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"we are not in Kansas anymore..."

  1. 1. “We’re not in Kansas anymore...” A case study of Manchester Health Information andResources Library’s move into a new organisation under the NHS restructure, and how the library is evolving in a changing and challenging landscape. Emily Hopkins: Library Manager
  2. 2. Origins of the library serviceManchester PCT Library: 20year historyPublic Health Resource &Information Centres: 30 yearhistory
  3. 3. Merger of Library & Resources• Ongoing talks to merge the two services• Two services had long history of working together• Cost savings, avoiding duplication• Merger eventually happened November 2009• Library Manager post vacant until I started July 2010• Combining policies, procedures• Encouraging staff to develop & learn
  4. 4. 350 crates…• Became clear we needed to vacate our building• Suitable alternative accommodation not found immediately• Packed library & sent to storage• Estates worked on finding us suitable accommodation
  5. 5. Moving in to Fallowfield – March 2011
  6. 6. NHS Reorganisation• Complex!• Resulted in our service moving into a different Trust
  7. 7. Transfer to Manchester Mental Health• 1st April 2011• Working with Trust Outreach Librarian• Producing webpages, leaflets etc – all branded• Making contacts with Learning & Development
  8. 8. Developing the Service• Reviewed Library Strategy, Collection Development Policy• Luckily – good collection of mental health material & overall, stock still relevant• Reviewing journal subscriptions as we go along• Developing user consultation
  9. 9. Barriers• Trust not used to library services!• IT issues• Perception that we are only for Public Health staff
  10. 10. What have we learned?• Professional, transferable skills are valuable• Flexibility!• Detailed “subject” knowledge picked up on the job• Need to align – and re-align – services & constantly evaluate• Librarians are valuable anywhere• Oz may be a strange new land – we should embrace the opportunities…• But don’t look to the Wizard for answers!

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