Monday, August 24, 2009

NHS e-journals - survey now closed

Many thanks to those who contributed to this survey of use of NHS e-journals.

The prize draw for this will take place shortly. Winners (from across the region) will be contacted shortly.

Thanks, and congratulations

The Journal Survey Prize Draw for the 3 Amazon vouchers took place on Friday, and I'm pleased to say that the lucky winners are:
  • Dr Tobias Janowitz
  • Dr Anne Kelly
  • Dr Chris Sonnex

Contratulations to them, and thanks again to all those who contributed to our recent journal survey.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Patients role in healthcare

Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) have published the next strand in their Future Doctors Review.

Educating Tomorrows Doctors is available, as is Patients Role in Healthcare

Still to come are Role of the Regulator and Future Shape of the Health Service.

There's still time to comment on the Future Doctors Draft Policy Statement - last comments by 28th August 2009.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Medical Library journal survey now closed - August 18th at 5pm

Thank you very much for your participation - your comments will make help inform a very difficult decision.

We'll be making the prize draw shortly, and will contact the winners direct.

Don't forget - you've still got a few days before the NHS e-journals survey ( closes on 24th August.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Text Mining Hands-on course

Text Mining Hands-on course and Training Seminar - 5th-6th October 2009
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) and the National Centre for Text Mining (University of Manchester) are organising a joint training event at the EBI (Hinxton, near Cambridge) The purpose of this event is to teach basic techniques in information retrieval (IR) and information extraction (IE) in the biomedical domain and to give hands-on training on existing solutions provided by the two centres.

Who should attend: Biomedical researchers, biocurators, bioinformaticians, medical informaticians and any other researcher active in biomedical research.

Registration: Until September 10th, 2009

* Learn how to use existing text mining solutions
* Understand basic text mining techniques and get an overview of underlying technologies
* Appreciate the variety of text mining components and the contexts in which they are used individually and in combination
* Interact with text miners to express needs for future developments

Please go to for full details of course programme and how to register.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Another journal survey.....another chance to win!

At this time of year we must review our spending on journals.

Unfortunately, owing to the reduction in funding for the next academic year, the increased costs of electronic and print journals plus the £:$ exchange rate, the Medical Library must cancel some of its journals.

We have already been surveying usage of the paper holdings of the journals under consideration, but feel a wider consultation is necessary before we can make these tough decisions.

Please give us your views about which print journals you feel are essential.

We are working to a tight schedule - responses by 18th August 2009 please, but to oil the wheels, we're having a prize draw for £20 Amazon vouchers on 19th August: 3 chances to win!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Bank Holiday Monday

Monday 31st August 2009 - the Library will be open from 9.00am till 6.00pm