Wednesday, September 30, 2009

DSpace@Cambridge unveils e-thesis depositing

The DSpace@Cambridge team ( is pleased to announce that from October 1st
2009 it will be possible to deposit theses in electronic form in DSpace@Cambridge, the institutional repository of the University.

The theses will be disseminated online via the DSpace@Cambridge interface, allowing interested readers from all over the world to access them.

Each University faculty or department will have its own e-thesis collection where students, staff and alumni will be able to deposit their theses. The goal is to build a complete digital collection of theses from the University, ensuring continued access to this valuable material for future generations.

The deposit process is simple. The University Library is collaborating with the Board of Graduate Studies on the scheme, and all students submitting their thesis for examination will receive offers to deposit their thesis in DSpace@Cambridge. Deposits are made on a voluntary basis. Librarians from the University Library will verify that all details are correct before the thesis is made available for online access.

It will also be possible for University staff and alumni to make their theses available in DSpace@Cambridge.

Further information about e-thesis deposit for current staff and alumni will be distributed to all University departments throughout the autumn.
Interested parties can also contact the DSpace@Cambridge team at

Further information about the scheme is available at:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Card access to the Clinical School

Announcement from the Clinical School:

"As from Monday 5th October 2009, internal security doors will be operating in the Clinical School between 7pm and 10pm.
All holders of Addenbrooke's ID cards will be able to access the building as usual,
by swiping the panel next to the internal door.
If you do not have an Addenbrooke's ID card please go to Reception.
The Custodians will be able to give access to all building users without cards between 7pm and 10pm"

We understand that the swipe card system will not be in operation on a Saturday.

We're sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Library Redevelopment - phase 2

"A rolling stone gathers no moss" - or so the saying goes.

We've enjoyed the new facilities of Phase 1 of our redevelopment - the new computer room for the students upstairs and the new reception area and staff offices.

Phase 2 of the redevelopment is about to start, and will last October - Christmas 2009.

The main changes will be:

  • transformation of the corridor leading from reception to the books, into offices for the Clinical School

  • re-arrangement of the journal collection

How will Phase 2 impact upon you?

  • From Monday 28th September the only route from Reception to the books will be from past the Current Journals and via the Wolfson Room corridor.

  • There will inevitably be disruption with the noise of the building works - we're sorry about the inconvenience this will cause.
    The builders move in on 5th October 2009.

  • There will be a short period of disruption as we rearrange the journal shelving - we will signpost as well as possible, but if you cannot find the journal you need please ask at Reception for assistance.

  • While the building work is in progress we shall also be reorganising the current journal display area and adjacent space to improve the study facilities, with the intention of completing this work by Christmas.

It's going to be an interesting next three months!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Joint Health Research Conference:
Committed to better research in the NHS

Friday 6th November 2009

Sopwell House, St Albans, Hertfordshire

Registration from 9.30am - Close at 4.30pm

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and East of England Strategic Health Authority are organising a joint event to promote the benefits of research in the NHS.

These joint events aim to promote the benefits of research, showcase localactivity and engage further with local NHS staff and academics so that theycan understand more fully the range of opportunities available through theNIHR to undertake and lead health and social care research to improvepatient care and NHS services.

In addition to the plenary sessions there will be an interactive exhibition where delegates can talk to representatives from the different NIHR programmes and coordinating centres, view on-line demonstrations and participate in up to two interactive seminars.
Speakers include:
Professor Dame Sally C. Davies
- Director General of Research and Development, Department of Health
Sir Neil McKay - Chief Executive, NHS East of England
Dr Paul Cosford - Regional Director of Public Health, Department of Health/NHS East of England

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

reading the news about health

This led me to read more from Dr Alicia White from the Behind the Headlines team - a service which is "your guide to the science that makes the news" (more about Behind the Headlines)

Try this useful guide for reading health related articles in the daily media - who could resist an article that begins......
"If you’ve just read a health-related headline that’s caused you to spit out your morning coffee (“Coffee causes cancer” usually does the trick) it’s always best to follow the Blitz slogan: “Keep Calm and Carry On”."

Trumpet blowing

Stand by for some shameless self-promotion.......

I was nominated in Addenbrooke's "You make a difference" award scheme.

The awards "turn the spotlight onto the staff in the hospital who make a difference."

Thank you very much to whoever nominated me - I am really chuffed!!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Publishing Workshop

International publishing

With the aim to support young scientists in their academic career, a lecture on Scientific Publishing will be given on 19 October 2009 under the title: How to write a world class paper.

During the presentation, the audience will gain insights in the way publishers, editors and reviewers look at their manuscripts, which may help to better submit papers.

The lecture will cover those aspects, relevant when preparing and submitting a manuscript for a scientific journal e.g. originality, Hot Topics, format of the article, selection of the journal, language, building blocks, ethical and copyright issues.

Dr Riaz Agha, Managing and Executive Editor of International Journal of Surgery (and Junior Doctor here in Addenbrooke's!) will present the workshop and share his experiences with the audience and answer questions.

The meeting is relevant for young scientists of all subjects; however, the accent will be on publishing in Science, Technology and Medicine (STM).

How can you attend?
Owing to limited capacity we are running this session twice 10.30am and 2pm.
We ask that you register to attend. Please register from this page.
Booking will close on Monday 12th October.

Monday, September 14, 2009

PubMed - with links to NHS e-journals

Life just got a whole lot easier - well if you use Pubmed, that is!

You can now search Pubmed and find links to the e-journals which are available via your NHS ATHENS password!
  • Go to and search as normal.
  • You'll notice a new tab, marked "East of England" above your search results - this shows the number of full-text articles available in your search
  • Click on any of the article titles to view the abstract, and you'll notice an "NHS East of England" logo at the bottom of the abstract.
  • Click the logo to reach the article - remember you'll need to enter your NHS ATHENS password to view the full-text.

If you want a reminder of how to search Pubmed, go to - there are guides to Pubmed, Cochrane Library and NHS Databases available.

If you'd like some support to get the best from any of your searches, please just let contact Isla- always happy to help! / 01223 336750

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cambridge Entrepreneurs

Listen to the Cambridge Entrepreneurs
as part of the BBC Radio 4's Global Business programme.

Cong Cong Bo, the chairman of Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, and Stage 2 Clinical Student, is interviewed, and presenter Peter Day "hears how academic attitudes to business have changed over the past few decades."

Monday, September 07, 2009

Time for a change - new library website is coming!

Later this week (Friday) we'll be moving over to our new website -
Although there will be an auto-direct from the old page, please update your favourites/bookmarks.
The new site is available now to use - just getting the final touches. Why not take a look:

Map of Medicine

Follow hundreds of clinical care pathways via Map of Medicine which is available from NHS Choices. Each step is referenced and the transitions between primary and secondary care are shown.
Map of Medicine aims to provide "a visualisation of the ideal, evidence-based patient journey for common and important conditions - a sat nav overview that can be shared across all care settings."
More information about the Map is available at

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Tomorrow's Doctors

The GMC's report "Tomorrow's Doctors" is available now:

The Times has something to say about it... "Medical students will be ordered out of the lecture theatre and into the wards, gaining more “hands-on” experience treating patients in hospitals and doctors’ surgeries".
The Medical Schools Council makes a statement about it: "a crucially important document for both Medical Schools and students"

And you can listen to a podcast by Professor Peter Rubin, Chair of the GMC and Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust who discuss the review and launch of Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009).
You can also read a transcript of the discussion from this link.
NHS Employers also comment on the implications of this document.