HSLG 2016, meet the presenters #1

Anne Madden headshot (2)Anne Madden: Building value into a core skill

Anne is Assistant Librarian in St. Vincent’s University Hospital with responsibilities for providing training to a range of staff and students on expert searching, health literacy, critical appraisal etc. She also provides an alerting service, and a bi-monthly evidence bulletin, and is founder and contributor to “HEAR” (Health Evidence Awareness Report). Anne is the HSLG CPD Officer and assists the National Cancer Control Programme as expert searcher.


A standard role for health librarians is to deliver training to staff and/or students in their organisation. In a hospital setting, librarians deliver training to healthcare professionals in different disciplines – nursing, medical, physiotherapy, pharmacology, occupational health – to name but a few. Conflicting demands on limited staff time can mean that training offered by the library can be poorly attended and/or shortened to the extent that it is virtually pointless. To address this, Anne is investigating what is required to deliver courses that will qualify for CME/CPD points from the relevant national bodies – RCPI, NMBI etc – thus increasing the attractiveness and take-up of the service.
This presentation examines the investigation process and lessons learned, including critically assessing the content and quality of training delivered to hospital staff, adapting delivery methods and timings to meet user requirements, challenges arising from the physical and electronic environment, adapting content to suit accrediting body criteria, tracking what works or doesn’t work, and identifying any gaps in our own skill sets required to deliver clinically relevant training.

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HSLG 2016 Conference programme now available.

The programme for the HSLG 2016 Conference “Advancing health library skill sets” has been finalised and can be viewed below. This year the conference will be held in the Camden Court Hotel on Camden Street, Dublin 2 on 12-13 May 2016.

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Day 1, 12 May 2016

09.30-10.00         Registration

10.00-10.10         Opening words from Chair

10.10-11.00       Keynote speech: Something Old, Something New: Health Librarian Capabilities for the Knowledge Economy and the Digital Age by Ann Wales

11.00-11.15         Q & A for Ann Wales

11.15-11.45         Coffee/Sponsors

11.45-12.15         “Building value into a core skill.”

Anne Madden, St. Vincent’s University Hospital,

12.15-12.45         “Advancing our skillset: building the Rudai 23 e-learning course for information professionals”

Caroline Rowan, St Michael’s Hospital and Stephanie Ronan, Marine Institute

12.45-13.00         Questions

13.00-14.00         Lunch/Sponsors

14.00-14.30         Making Our Skills Visible Through Research

Aoife Lawton, Health Service Executive

14.30-15.00         Advancing skills: from ‘lovely librarians’ to knowledge ninjas

Mary Dunne & Mairea Nelson, Health Research Board,

15.00-15.20         Learning from e-learning in other organisations

Joanne Callinan, Milford Care Centre,

15.20-15.30         questions

15.30-16.00         Coffee/Sponsors

16:00-16:30         Putting it into Practice: applying the skill set

Kate Kelly, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

16.30-16:45         Posters

16.45-17.15         Why and What to Measure? Understanding & Using Altmetrics to evaluate impact.

Jane Burns, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & School of Information & Communication Studies, University College Dublin

17.15-17.30         Questions

17.30-18.00         AGM

18.00-19.30         Drinks/Canapes


Day 2, 13 May 2016

9.15-09.30           Registration

09.30-11.15         Bibliometrics

Fintan Bracken, University of Limerick

11.15-11.45         Coffee/Sponsors

11.45-13.30         Bibliometrics

Fintan Bracken, University of Limerick

13.30-14.00         Closing comments

14.00-14.30         Lunch