E-books on the go

Did you know that books from Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries’ collection of over 16,000 e-books can be downloaded to your mobile device for offline reading?

If you have an Apple, Android or Kindle Fire device, download the Bluefire Reader app and create a free Adobe ID to log into it. Then access our e-book collection, login with NHS OpenAthens, find your book, and select ‘Download Book’.

You’ll be able to select the length of time you’d like to download the book for, up to 14 days, but if you need it for longer, you can simply ‘borrow’ it again after 14 days. Alternatively, if you just want a chapter, you can simply download a PDF of a single chapter which won’t expire.

Finding e-books is easy – simply select the e-book tab on OmniSearch.

BMJ Best Practice clinical decision tool

BMJ Best Practice is now available to all NHS organisation in England.

It provides access to the latest evidence-based information for healthcare professionals, structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, test ordering, treatment approach and follow up. It also offers clinical calculators, patient information leaflets and some procedural videos.

 

Onsite at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals (SaTH) simply visit the BMJ Best Practice website for password-free access. You’ll have the option to create a personal account to record usage for CME/CPD points.

For off-site access, you can use an NHS OpenAthens account. Visit the BMJ Best Practice website and login with your NHS OpenAthens account. You can also use a personal account created whilst on-site at SaTH.

Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS devices. These require a personal account to authenticate which can either be created whilst on-site on a SaTH PC, or off-site by logging in with NHS OpenAthens and then registering for a personal account.

You’ll also find BMJ Best Practice as an option in OmniSearch where it can be searched along with many other resources.

For more details or advice, pop into one of our libraries.

BrowZine now available for SaTH staff and students

We have a new subscription to the BrowZine journal tool for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff. Feedback and usage were both positive in our trial, so we felt we should go ahead and purchase it.

BrowZine allows you to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

Visit our BrowZine page to access our journals on your desktop. If you want to bookmark journals or articles, simply create a free BrowZine account. Alternatively, download the BrowZine app for Android and iOS devices (to use the app, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account to authenticate it). The app makes access even easier – as it is NHS OpenAthens authenticated, you won’t have to log in again to get access to articles in most cases, making access literally one-click.

Both the desktop and mobile app versions allow you to add journals to virtual bookshelves, which you can name, and you can also create collections of articles. Both bookshelves and collections are synchronised across desktop and mobile app.

For more information, download our brief guide to BrowZine.

For anyone that is not affiliated to Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, you can still check which journals you have access to by using the ‘Journals’ tab on OmniSearch and selecting your organisation from the dropdown menu.

We’re having a big impact!

We recently carried out a survey of all library users (and potential users) to see what you thought about our services and resources, and we also asked staff what impact we are having on patient care, research and continuing professional development.

Some of the highlights are:

  • 211 responses in total
  • 98% of respondents that had used the libraries in the last 12 months rated the overall service as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’
  • 93% of respondents that had used the libraries in the last 12 months rated the study environment as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’

Some of comments relating to impact were:

Evidence Updates provide me with up-to-date information on my field of working which is focused on dementia care. I have accessed guidelines mentioned in one of the articles to improve patients’ quality of care and also developed my own understanding of interventions for dementia that can be effectively used in general hospital settings.

Being able to access UpToDate is in my opinion essential in providing immediate high quality care for patients with less common conditions presenting to hospital. I find it invaluable.

I was able to use library resources for examination preparation. I was able to get a very new book from the library which was very helpful in the examination. In view of passing my exam, I am doing more for the department and I am more confident in decisions made for patient care.

There were also some suggestions for improvement, and we’ll be having a look at these as we look at our priorities.

Thank you to everyone that completed the survey, and congratulations to the three people that won book tokens!

You can download the full survey results, and if you have any more feedback, or more stories about how we’ve had a impact, we’d be happy to hear from you.

Making access to journals easier

Until the end of March, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries are trialing a service called BrowZine, to make access to our journal collections easier.

BrowZine allows you to browse journals by subject, browse contents pages, bookmark your favourite journals and articles, and in many cases access the full-text with one-click. The mobile App also allows you to download PDF copies of articles for offline reading, and get notifications when new issues of your favourite journals are published.

Visit our BrowZine page to access our journals on your desktop. If you want to bookmark journals or articles, simply create a free BrowZine account. Alternatively, download the BrowZine app for mobile devices (to use the app, you’ll need an NHS OpenAthens account).

For more information, download our brief guide to BrowZine.

If you have any feedback on BrowZine, please do let Jason Curtis, Site Librarian at Shrewsbury (jason.curtis1@nhs.net or 2511) know so we can decide whether to purchase it.

Making borrowing even easier!

We’ve recently introduced automatic renewals on our books, with 5 auto-renewals for 28 day loans, and 10 auto-renewals for 14 day loans.

This means that unless the book is reserved by someone else, or has come from another library, you won’t need to worry about forgetting to renew your loans as we’ll do it for you.

We’ll still send reminders about what you have out on loan, and we’ll let you know if we’re unable to auto-renew your books for any reason.

This is something we’ve been asked about for some time, and thankfully due a library system upgrade we’ve been able to introduce it. If you have other comments on library services, or if there are services or resources you’d like to see, you can fill out our library survey until the end of January and be in with a chance to win a £20 book token. You can also contact us at any time with feedback or suggestions.

Serious fun with educational board games

Did you know that we stock a range of educational board games to make learning about important topics engaging and fun?

These can be borrowed for use with your team, and library staff can come and help facilitate a game for your team.

The complete list is below, with links to the publishers website for more information on how they work, numbers of players, time to allow etc.

Rapid e-book series for reference or revision

The ‘Rapid’ series of e-books are concise and easy-to-read, and ideal for reference or revision, covering the common scenarios that students or newly qualified staff might encounter.

They can be read online or downloaded to a mobile device for 24/7 access, and are available to library members via NHS OpenAthens.

You can access them on our virtual bookshelf, or you can search the whole collection of 20,000 e-books via OmniSearch.

 

BMJ Case Reports: share and learn from interesting cases

We’ve just renewed our subscription to BMJ Case Reports, a collection of over 15,000 case reports across all fields of medicine. Publishing a case report is a great way to share details of interesting cases on common and rare diseases.

Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries have a fellowship account on behalf of SaTH, and as well as allowing you to access the full-text of all the cases via an NHS OpenAthens account or on any SaTH PC, you can also submit case reports for publication without having to pay publication fees. Case reports submitted for publication are peer-reviewed quickly, usually appearing in the journal within 25 days, and BMJ Case Reports is indexed in the Medline database.

A number of case reports by Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust staff have already been published.

If you want to submit a case report, our fellowship number is 915046 and instructions for authors can be found on the BMJ Case Reports website.

Junior Doctor e-book collection

We’ve put together a virtual shelf of 34 key texts for junior doctors from Wiley and Open University Press publishers, to make it easier to access them.

These are just a handful of the 20,000 e-book titles we have made available to our users via NHS OpenAthens, all of which can either be read online, or downloaded for up to 14 days at a time to mobile devices.

Searching for e-books is very easy – simply visit the ‘E-Books’ tab on OmniSearch on our home page, type in some keywords and click search. Once you’ve entered your OpenAthens account details, you’ll see a list of what’s available and you can begin reading right away.