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HEAR – Focus on Cystic Fibrosis.

HEAR (Health Evidence Awareness report) is a newsletter designed to signpost HEAR_Cystic_Fibrosisinformation about specific health topics. HEAR is the result of a collaboration between librarians in a number of hospitals and health care settings across Ireland. This newsletter has useful information for both clinicians and patients. It contains information for patients, families and carers with links to support groups & organisations, books, multimedia and patient education. It also contains links to latest systematic reviews and Irish research in this topic.

Cystic fibrosis affects the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system. It causes them to become clogged with thick, sticky mucus. It is caused by a faulty gene that controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells in the body. When cystic fibrosis occurs, too much salt and not enough water pass into the cells and turn the body’s secretions, which normally act as a lubricant, into a thick mucus. This mucus clogs up many of the body’s tubes, ducts and passageways so they cannot work properly. In the lungs, this leads to frequent and severe infections.

View volume 4, issue 5 on Lenus

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HEAR bulletin: Focus on diabetes

In this issue (2(5)) of HEAR the authors provide useful information (i.e. links to reliable websites, blogs, organisations) for patients, families and carers affected by diabetes. We’ve also included links to recent, high evidence research e.g. current guidelines, systematic reviews and Irish research. Where possible, we provide links to freely available resources. 

The purpose of HEAR newsletter is to provide specialised information to health professionals and patients about specific health topics.  HEAR is now in its second year and is a result of collaboration between librarians from a variety of Irish health organisations. 

Find this issue of HEAR on LENUS: The Irish Health Repository courtesy of the HSE Library, Dr. Steevens Hospital at http://www.lenus.ie/hse/handle/10147/620912 

All previous issues of HEAR can also be found on LENUS at http://tinyurl.com/z7m8ovt


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Opportunity to share your value at the international ICML/EAHIL conference in Dublin 2017

The abstract submission deadline for the ICML + EAHIL 2017 workshop in Dublin has been extended to 19th October 2016.
We trust this will give you enough time to submit your abstracts for oral presentations, posters, interactive sessions or continuing education courses about the following topics:
Diversity in Practice: Integrating, Inspiring & Innovative
  • Leadership & Values
  • Integration
  • Technology
  • Education & Learning
  • Consumer Health
  • Research & Evidence-based Librarianship
For further information please visit our website: http://eahil2017.net/  
To catch up on the tips on submitting an abstract shared during the #AskAMentor Chat this week, please see this link

HEAR Volume 2 Issue 3 now available

This issue of HEAR – Health Evidence Awareness Report is focused on Skin Cancer.

 This newsletter contains information for patients, families and carers with links to support groups & organisations, nutrition, legal information, books, multimedia and patient education. Other sections include links to clinical articles, guidelines and UV information.

HEAR is now in its second year and is a result of collaboration between librarians from a variety of health organisations in Ireland.

HEAR 2016 Volume 2 Issue 3 Skin Cancer June 2016


Our first Twitterchat

Our inaugural HSLG Twitterchat was held on 26 May. Kicking off at 8pm, the discussion followed on from the theme of our annual conference “Advancing Health Library Skill Sets”.

To get a sense of what the Twitterchat was like, check out our Storify of the event.  This is a curated rendering of the conversations. Not all tweets are included, but there should be more than enough for you to get a sense of what it was like.

We are open to suggestions for future themes, so if you have topics you feel we should discuss, please send your recommendations along to contacthslg@gmail.com


Twitterchat flyer


Questions for tonight’s Twitterchat

To help focus all our minds for tonight’s Twitterchat, here is the list of questions that we will be posing over the course of the event.

Q1 – What do you consider the key skills of a health librarian?
Q2 – The LAI recommends 25 hours of CPD per year. How many hours and what types of CPD do you complete each year?
Q3 – How does your organisation support your professional development?
Q4 – What skills would you like to acquire in the coming year?
Q5 – Do you publicise your qualifications at work and if so how?
Q6 – What kinds of e-learning have you completed recently? And did you find it more or less useful than in-person training?
So have a think about these questions over the course of the day and we’ll kick off with question 1 at 8:00 pm tonight.
Don’t forget the hashtag for tonight is #HSLGchat

HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #11

Anne M O Byrne: Development of “Rotunda Birth of a Nation” ; 1916 Centenary Exhibition at the Rotunda.

Anne is Head Librarian in the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin. A graduate of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, she holds a BSc Econ in Information and Information Studies and an MSc Econ in Health Information Management. As a professional Librarian she is committed to the equal provision of information services to all categories of users and has a particular professional interest in developing outreach programmes and remote services to facilitate end-user training. She sees the role of librarians as being in partnership with lecturers, teachers and students in advancing learning and knowledge. Her role as custodian of historical memorabilia has progressed during her term as Librarian in the Rotunda Hospital, and in her development of the Bartholomew Mosse Tercentenary Exhibition to mark Mosse’s life as founder of the first “Lying-in Hospital”.


To coincide with the 1916 Centenary celebrations in Dublin, the Rotunda Hospital hosted an Exhibition entitled “ Rotunda Birth of a Nation” . This Exhibition acknowledged the role of five extraordinary 1916 medical women who supported the women and babies of Dublin at time of turmoil .
A group was formed in September 2015, comprised of a multi-disciplinary team headed by the Rotunda’s Head Librarian, Anne M O Byrne and assisted by Sinead McCoole, as Curatorial Advisor to the Group.
Over the period (October 2015 to February 2016), Committee worked with its various partners to develop high quality graphic displays to represent the role of each of these
women in the Rotunda. They became three medical doctors : Bridget Lyons Thornton, Kathleen Lynn, Dorothy Stopford Price and through collaboration with Abbeyleix Heritage Trust the life of Mary O Shea, nurse/Midwife. The final nurse was Albinia Brodrick whose connections became apparent through the joint research of the Historian and Librarian, a unique collaboration.
In addition to the physical Exhibition a serious of lunchtime talks were hosted during the
Exhibition. The Exhibition was well attended with a total footfall of 3053 visitors through the doors of the Rotunda. Work has already commenced on the future role of this Exhibition and its inclusion on the Rotunda Online Exhibition site at www.rotunda.ie

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HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #9

Fintan Bracken: Bibliometrics: Maximising & Assessing Research Impact

Fintan is the Research Services and Bibliometrics Librarian in the University of Limerick. In this role, Fintan is responsible for providing services to researchers in many aspects of the research process including bibliometrics, open access, publication strategy and maximising research impact. Prior to joining UL in October 2013, Fintan worked with IReL, the Irish Research eLibrary. He has also previously worked in the Marine Institute’s research library. Fintan completed a PhD in zoology in 2004 and has published research on various topics including bird biodiversity and usability studies. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/fintanbracken.


In the last decade, the use of bibliometrics has become more mainstream in universities and research institutions throughout the world. Bibliometrics refers to the quantitative measures used to assess research output, in other words, publication and citation analysis. This workshop will provide:

  • An overview of bibliometrics and how they can be used;
  • An explanation of the main metrics used;
  • Details on how to find citations to articles and how to calculate the h-index of a researcher using the three main citation tools, Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar;
  • Information on other methods and tools to assess the research impact of individuals and groups;
  • An explanation of the main journal metrics and instructions on how to find each.

This workshop will also highlight five key methods for optimising the impact of research including publishing in high impact journals (e.g. using ScimagoJR.com), ensuring a researcher’s outputs are easily identifiable (e.g. using ORCID and Google Scholar Profiles), increasing the visibility of publications (e.g. using Open Access), and promoting research (e.g. using social media).

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HSLG 2016: meet the presenters #8

Caroline Rowan & Stephanie Ronan: Advancing our skillset: building the Rudai23 e-learning course for information professionalsrudai23

Caroline is the health librarian in St. Michael’s Hospital. She has several  undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications including a Master of Arts and a Master of Library & Information Studies.  An enthusiastic advocate for libraries, she is a Communications Officer for the Health Sciences Library Group, a co-editor of HINT: Health Information News & Thinking and a collaborator on HEAR: Health Evidence Awareness Report and on the Rudai 23 professional development course. Twitter – @librarianintown, LinkedIn – ie.linkedin.com/in/rowancaroline

Stephanie is an information professional, providing the library services to the Marine Institute in Galway. As a solo librarian, she manages all aspects of the library including the institutional repository and is quickly becoming a marine information expert. She is secretary for the WRSLAI, collaborator on Rudai23 and a founding member of the Repository Network Ireland. Twitter @StephanieRonan, LinkedIn https://ie.linkedin.com/in/sronan


Rudaí 23 is a free online course based on the original 23 Things format by Helene Blowers. It was developed by a collaboration comprising several members of the Western Regional Section of the Library Association of Ireland and additional contributors from the library and education sectors. The primary aims comprised the provision of instruction in relation to web tools, advocacy and on legal, technical and professional topics. The course is the first online course to be certified by the Library Association of Ireland.

This presentation examines the skills needed to establish, develop, moderate and manage an online course with a team of eleven voluntary instructors. To initiate the course, team members became competent in design tools, policy writing, recruitment and social media marketing. The course was managed and run on-line thus the team worked without verbal and visual cues, honing communication and team-working skills. Rudaí 23 consisted of 23 modules; in producing these modules the team advanced their researching, writing, editing and design skills, as well as adhering to copyright laws. Finally the presentation examines the skills advanced through acquiring project feedback and the organisation of a certificate presentation ceremony.