Friday, 31 October 2008

"Show me the Research Funding"

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Post by Anna Cantrell
Need to find funding opportunities fast?
Then try "Show me the Research Funding"

The Trent RDSU Funding Service has developed "Show me the Research Funding" a google custom search to help you find funding opportunities quickly.

For more information about "Show me the Research Funding" or the funding service please contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email

NEW: Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

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Post by Anna Cantrell

For more information about the funding service available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email

Monday, 27 October 2008

No Cookies in the Library

Posted by Andy

No cookies in the library - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

Welcome Tony!

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We have a new member of staff in Information Resources and he's a man! Having worked in a mainly female section of ScHARR for over seven years, it's nice to have a fellow 'bloke' join the team. In fact, as Andrew Booth reduces ties with Information Resources to become ScHARR's new Director of Information, you heard it here first folks; it would mean poor little me being the only chap in the library, but Tony has arrived in time to save me from Sex in the City Overload. Please note that the last line is a test to see if my fellow colleagues read these posts; if so I'll be in big trouble no doubt :-(

Anyway, if this does happen to be my last post ever before I mysteriously vanish under a pile of books -I'd like to say it's been fun. Enough of the waffle, I'll let Tony tell you about himself, welcome to the team!

BA hons (University of Essex) Dip Lib (College of Librarianship Wales)

Tony is funded by the Trent RDS to oversee the library’s document supply service. Tony graduated with a degree in Literature and then completed a post-graduate diploma in Librarianship. He first worked at ScHARR Information Resources in a freelance capacity from 2005-7. Prior to that he worked for many years in various non-governmental organisations including for 5 years at Amnesty’s International Secretariat as an Information Officer, and also qualified as a Garden designer.

After moving to Sheffield he combined self-employed work and part-time teaching with a post as a weekend librarian at Sheffield Hallam University and then for 10 years for Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Futures as Resources and Information worker for Sheffield Youth Service. Tony works 2.5 days a week.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Recommended Website of the month

Posted by Andy

Not so much a website as such, but more a search engine. I saw the MSE360 search engine at the MMIT Conference on 'Now That's What I Call Library 2.0'. The premise of the tool is to collate combining images, wikis, blogs and traditional search results on one page. Basically meaning, you don't have to tab through different types of information the same way you would with Google.

I tried out a test search on our own beloved ScHARR Library and found the results to be fairly mixed, although less ambitious searches could prove to be more fruitful. The first six images related to us and six out of the top ten basic search results were related to ScHARR Library. The wiki and blog posts were not too far off the mark as well. Give it a go, if it's not for you, then you could always go back to good old Google.

Monday, 20 October 2008

FOLIO Course on Promotion and Marketing

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Posted by Anthea

ScHARR Information Resources are pleased to announce that the National Library for Health has comissioned a re-run of the FOLIO e-learning course on "Promoting and Marketing Library and Information Services". 50 places are available for information professionals who serve staff working in the UK NHS. If you would like to register or find out more about the course, please see the FOLIO Wiki at:

PhD opportunities at ScHARR for NHS Staff

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ScHARR offers a number of PG courses from our existing programme in the school through the YH and East Midlands SHA Learning Beyond Registration contract with the Faculty.

From April 09 the SHA will fund, across the faculty, a total of 6 PhD students from the NHS. This will include the new route PhD in ScHARR linked to Public Health.

For further information on all the courses for NHS practitioners see the below webpage- this will be updated shortly to include the new route PhD.

Patient Related Outcomes Newsletter

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We are delighted to inform you that the Fall issue of the PRO newsletter has been published. We hope that issue 40 provides some new insights, answers and information in the field of Patient Related Outcomes.

If you wish to consult the online version, you may do so now by following this link:

Posted by Sonia

Friday, 17 October 2008

NEW Research Funding Update: Fellowships and Studentships

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Post by Anna Cantrell

Research Funding Update 17th October 2008

For more information about the funding service available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

New Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

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Post by Anna

Take a look at the New Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

For more information about the funding searvice available from the ScHARR library please visit our Research Funding page or contact ScHARR library on 0114 2225420 or by email

October Take Five

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Post by Anna

The October Edition of Take Five is out now.

Take Five is packed full of current awareness, training courses, research funding opportunities and new websites.

Take Five is the Trent RDSU's monthly update. To join the Take Five distribution list please contact me, Anna Cantrell on 0114 2220894 or by email

Monday, 13 October 2008

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Steve Goodacre

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Posted by Andy

‘Academic Emergency Medicine: A Contradiction In Terms?’

Date and Time: 17.15 on 17 November 2008

Venue: Lecture Theatre 2 in the Medical School at the University of Sheffield

This is the inaugural lecture to be given by Professor Steve Goodacre, Professor of Emergency Medicine at ScHARR.

The specialty of emergency medicine developed as a pragmatic response to the increasing numbers of patients arriving unpredictably at hospital with potentially time-critical complaints. As such, it has often appeared to value practice over theory, action over observation, and intuition over analysis. Furthermore, time pressures and an unpredictable workload have made the emergency department a challenging environment for research. These factors could lead us to conclude that academic emergency medicine is an unlikely marriage of disciplines.In this lecture, Steve Goodacre will explore the rationale for academic emergency medicine and the implications for undertaking emergency medical research. He will argue that research, far from being alien to emergency medicine, needs to be integral to practice and needs to involve emergency care professionals, their patients and the general public.

The lecture will be followed by a wine reception at approximately 18.00.

Admission to the lecture is free, but we do need to know if you will be attending the lecture and the reception.
It would be appreciated if you would use the form below to let Pat Holmes know by 24 October, if you would like to attend.

Name: …………………………………………………………………………………

Department: ……………………………………………………………………………

Contact details:Email: ...………………………………………………………………………………..

I should like to attend Professor Goodacre’s inaugural lecture*I shall/shall not stay for the reception.* Delete as appropriate.

Please return to: Pat Holmes Email:

Address: ScHARR, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Posted by Andy

This smart little video on been on the Web for some time now, but I thought it would be good to post it on our blog for anyone who haven't stumbled yet. Some of you may agree with what it sets out to show, whilst others think; "well it's not that simple". Web 2.0 is a very ambiguous term in my opinion, one person's view is different to that of another. This is down to the reality that we all have different uses for and interactions with the Internet, we're all explorers and no one has managed to conquer Mount Everest just yet, not even Google. Just to say, if you want to hear about Web 2.0 from an unusual source, go here to listen to England's National Treasure, Stephen Fry talk about the subject; is there nothing this guy doesn't know about? Answers on a postcard to the usual address please.

Monday, 6 October 2008

The Latest Current Awareness Bulletins

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A short but sweet post, the October editions of the NICE current awareness bulletins on health economics, research methodology and information science can be accessed by ScHARR Staff from our intranet by clicking here.