Category Archives: Library Day

Library Day in the Life Project Day 5

I don’t work on weekends so this is the last day of the Library Day in the Life project for me (I’m writing this on Saturday because I went out to dinner with Mark after work – an early dinner before he went in to attend an art lecture – and I was too tired to write up the day when I got home). This project has been good reflective practice – thinking about what I actually do and perhaps what I can change to become more effective at work. I have also enjoyed reading what other people in all sorts of libraries do in their day-to-day jobs.

I get to work at 8.30am, make tea and turn on PC. I check emails, looking for anything that needs my immediate attention. I get a message from the lead of the local organising committee for HTAi2012. Someone has a session about a systematic review data repository project they want to tell everyone about but were too late for the workshop proposals. Do we have space in the IRG workshop? We have an extra hour if we want (we have a full day workshop but ours goes until 4pm). I email the chair-elect and ask him what he thinks. Luckily this has come before we start full scale advertising! I get an email from Jon about Trip Answers with the needed instructions, but it also gives me food for thought. I found out Thursday before leaving work that I’m scheduled to go to VALA for a day on Tuesday 7th, so I have to rearrange 1 appt. Luckily, the person who had booked an inservice on that day asked to change it to the 14th, no problems for me. More emails about the pharm residency training thing –  3 people will be away that day that we settled on so I look in the calendar for a free library training room spot that matches with a day I’m available and a day that the residents are available. Find it and book it! It is for the end of this month on the same week I am teaching at The Women’s Complex Care Course (the research part – not the clinical care part! – though I did go to an Endocrinology clinical case meeting where we went to Pathology and looked at cells through the microscope – that was fun …). I go to have morning tea at one of the hospital cafes and am joined by a library staffer. Back at work, I knuckle down on the Cochrane searches (I look at Mantis  – I’ll be searching this for the first time so I read about what it contains etc). Work steadily on this until lunch break, and then finish as much as I can on the searches. I’m just looking at terms at this stage and building strategies for various databases. Plan to get to work at 7.30am Monday to do as much as I can before person arrives for our 11.30am meeting.

Leave work at 4.30pm, meet Mark and have dinner.

That’s my work week!

Library Day in the Life Project Day 4

I get to work this time at 8.30am. Greet early start staff and turn into my office and turn on my PC. The system has been telling me that I need to change my login password so I do that – no immediate need to crank the PC up immediately. Make myself tea and look at email. Make a note that I need to get the early advertising email drafted for the IRG workshop. Finish up 2 searches for mental health and drug alcohol screening for adolescents and send them off. See an email from a senior medical person about the journal club question answer repository. They have been added to TRIP Answers by my predecessor but I haven’t uploaded any yet (though the journal club write-ups are sitting in an email folder). Look for instructions for adding them to TripA in my email somewhere – find them and open PDF instructions. The login how-to doesn’t work now and I find out that the site has been upgraded so I email the manager to ask for new instructions. The senior medical person who wrote the email pops in and I find out he is interested in a separate shared system for RMH staff/students and the relevant medical college. After this conversation I open the Cochrane search email with draft protocol attachment and have a look and a think. Start adding terms in EBSCO Medline. Work steadily on this with the odd dip into email. Save the search as the first Grand Rounds for the year – with free lunch beforehand! – is starting. The subject is the new MD course. I chat with people at the lunch – it is the first time we have seen each other since the break. One of the Royal Park mental health staff is there – I forget her name (whoops :/) – she is there for another education event. She asks me about anatomy pieces and whether the library has any. She says it is so hard to find any, so I make a mental note to discuss with my boss. On the way back to the library I see a friend of my husband come out of the Clinical School. He is in IT and has his office just above mine upstairs. Exchange pleasantries and go back to my office to finish the EBSCO Medline search. The phone rings and a call is put through from the local paper – a non-work issues. The person who emailed me about clinical governance and how I contribute emailed me to ask if she could chat with me on the phone sometime. I email her a time and ring her, she isn’t there so I leave a message suggesting we meet for a coffee and chat. Finally figure out something about searching that I should have figured out earlier, so I have a face-palm moment. Oh well! And it is time to go.

I just miss a tram … but another comes along soon. And it isn’t packed!

Library Day in the Life Project Day 3

Get to work at 7.30am and turn on PC and make tea. Look at some emails and I see that I will need to start reviewing abstracts for the HTAi conference soon. Firefox needs an update but do that after my 8am appt. My boss is working at the front counter and she tells me she’ll let me know when person turns up. Person turns up right on time and I take her into my office, which is off the library workroom. Library is still dark as we don’t open until 8.30am. Show her around EBSCO databases – searching for her topic (she has a research grant and is making a start on her project), making an account, saving searches and emailing search results.  Appt goes for 1.5 hrs and after that I go to one of the hospital cafes for breakfast (see someone from Medical Education and we exchange waves). No other appts today but some people want to see me including one of the women from the inservice I did yesterday. Got some database searches due today so start on those when I get back from breakfast.

Breakfast (9.30am-10.30am) is very filling and I don’t need lunch! I work on the search request that is due today. It is a little complex and I have to think about how to go about it. I try some strategies and soon get on the right track. Meanwhile, I am dipping in and out of email – I have quite a lot and the system keeps telling me that my inbox is nearly full. Grrr – I’m working on it! I finish the search due today, which was about HIV testing behaviour amongst gay men, and I send it off (I searched Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO and Embase).  I have a back and forth email conversation with the pharm clinical co-ordinator who saw me yesterday morning about booking training for new pharm interns. I suggest an early date in April and he says yes – I go back to the shared calendar where we book the library training room, and the spot and time have been taken!! I quickly take the time for the week following and luckily it suits him. I look at the emails from IRG colleagues – I’ve got fillers for our first e-newsletter and one of the librarians tells me that she is happy to be part of the abstract reviewer panel for the HTAi conference. I email the HTAi Secretariat with the information. I have time to do some of another search and this one is for mental health screening. It is in a few parts and I finish one (I have my crackers and cheese at this point). Then I get to the email about clinical governance that I got from another hospital yesterday and I answer that. Part of that were questions as to what clinical meetings I go to. This reminds me that I need to get in touch with the people leading the ward rounds for Yr1 interns this month about joining the team. I find the rosters on the intranet and email a person – and it turns out that they are not taking that one and they direct me to another person, so I email them. I also email the people who asked for interested staffers to join the patient information and smokefree focus groups – I can contribute to both. Thus ends my day.

I go to gym at 4.30pm for another session and come back to the office to shut off my computer and gather my belongings together. Right near one of the building exits, I am asked for directions which I gladly give, and I just miss a tram – drat! Wait for about 10mins and another comes along – and it is packed! We all cram in and it is a sardine trip home.