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Roberts2009

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Roberts2009

  1. 1. Making friends with researchers @ Oxford Nia Wyn Roberts Outreach Librarian University of Oxford Health Care Libraries
  2. 2. Introduction  Outreach librarians @ HCL  Development of outreach service for academic researchers in public health and primary care  Challenges / benefits
  3. 3. Outreach librarians @ HCL  Mid 1990s – 2005: clinical / outreach librarian projects  2006/2007: refocusing of library services towards outreach  2009:  7 librarians with outreach as part of their role  Each serving 3-4 clinical areas
  4. 4. Outreach librarian @ Old Road Campus  Equal mix of clinical and academic departments:  Clinical:  Cancer, laboratory medicine & radiology  Academic:  Public health, primary care, cancer research & molecular medicine
  5. 5. Public health and primary care: Building on strong foundations  History of close working relationships  Library based at the centre of a research building  Moved from site librarian to outreach librarian
  6. 6. Working with Public Health  Informal approach  Getting to know people  Building on existing relationships  Making the most of opportunities  MSc in Global Health  Unique selling points  Reference Management
  7. 7. Current work with Public Health  Integrated into teaching for MSc in Global Health  Induction, EBM skills teaching, support for dissertations  Support for Systematic Reviews  1-2-1 teaching, planning and searching for SRs and HTAs, reference management expertise  Current awareness  Updates for long-term clinical trials
  8. 8. Working with Primary Care  Considered and planned approach  3 month pilot project in 2005:  Awareness raising from departmental head  Attendance at groups meetings  Needs assessment in 2006  Interviews with key researchers and group leads
  9. 9. Result of needs assessment  Help with electronic resources:  Improve access  Training for new interfaces  Support for new researchers  Structured programme on searching skills and reference management  Support for systematic reviews  Advice and searching  Help with funding bids
  10. 10. Current work with Primary Care  MSc in Evidence Based Health Care  Responsible for information skills content of modules  Information skills teaching & support  Support for new researchers  Contract staff, visiting academics, placement students…  Introduction to resources @ Oxford, searching skills & reference management
  11. 11. Current work with Primary Care  MaDOX  Information specialist for the horizon scanning team  Contribute to rapid reviews and work planning  Support for systematic reviews  Diabetes and Vascular Disease Group  Support for clinical trial development  Contribute to systematic reviews
  12. 12. Challenges  Takes time to build up relationships  Moving the library  Managing expectations  Accommodating different working styles  Balancing conflicting priorities
  13. 13. Benefits  Ability to tailor services to needs of researchers  Following projects through to an end product  Interesting work and people  No chance of getting bored  Opportunities for professional development
  14. 14. Any questions?

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