Monday, 26 January 2009

IC Girls

Posted by Andy

Many thanks to Jenny Owen for pointing me towards this funny little video about the girls who use the Information Commons at The University of Sheffield. Maybe we should make our own video at ScHARR Library, how about it ScHARR girls?...erm ladies.

NEW: Research Funding Update - Fellowships and Studentships

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Post by Anna

Take a look at the latest
Research Funding Update for Fellowships and Studentships

For more information about the funding service available from the NIHR RDS for the East Midlands please visit our Research Funding page or contact me on 0114 2220894 or by email

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Health Services Research Seminars - January - March

Posted By Andy

All the seminars will be held on Tuesday lunchtimes, in the Lecture Rooms 1&2 on the First Floor of ScHARR at Regent Court (Regent Street entrance) at 12.30pm. Coffee will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own sandwiches.

20th January
Therapist Effects in Randomised Controlled Trials – What to do about them.
Stephen Walters, Reader in Medical Statistics, Health Services Research, ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

27th January
The Future Bathroom – A study of Design with and for Older People with Age Related Disability.
Professor Gail Mountain, Professor of Occupational Therapy Research, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, Sheffield Hallam University.

3rd February
Evaluation of Physical Activity Levels Among Adolescents in the South West and North West: Consideration of Health Issues.
Spencer Boyle, PhD Student, ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

10th February
The New Coordinated System for Gaining NHS Permissions for Research (CSP).
Dr Caroline Pickstone, Senior Manager, and John Griffiths, South Yorkshire CLRN, University of Sheffield.* Please note this seminar to be held in John Pemberton Lecture Theatre 2nd Floor, ScHARR.

17th February
Evaluation of Supplementary Prescribing in Nursing and Pharmacy.
Dr Richard Cooper, Lecturer in Public Health, ScHARR, University of Sheffield.

24th February
Towards an Advanced Lifestyle Monitoring System for Aged and Vulnerable People.
Fabian Cardineux, Research Associate, Health Services Research, ScHARR, University of Sheffield. *Please note this seminar will be held in the Trent Institute Room, 2nd Floor ScHARR.

3rd March
How the Bayesian Methods can be used to Assist Decision Making for Clinical Purposes.
Melody Zhigang, Research Assistant, Imperial College, London.

10th March
School-Linked Sexual Health Services for Young People: What Happens in the UK, and how does it Compare with Experience in other Countries? Interim Findings from a Survey and Systematic Review.
Dr Jenny Owen, Lecturer in Health Studies, and Colleagues from the School-Linked Sexual Health Services for Young People Project. ScHARR, University of Sheffield

For further information please contact Joanne Turner on 0114 222 0751 or e-mail

January Take Five

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Post by Anna

Read the new edition of Take Five

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

To join the Take Five distribution list please contact me, Anna Cantrell on 0114 2220894 or by email

Monday, 12 January 2009

ScHARR Library services

About ScHARR Library
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: research students)

Posted by Andy

This is a slide presentation hosted on the wonderful Slideshare site to show all of our staff and students what services we offer in ScHARR. If you want to know more drop us a line @
The East Midlands Information Service @ ScHARR Library
Information Resources Group
University of Sheffield
Regent Court
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA
Tel: +44 (0)114 222 5420
Fax: +44 (0)114 272 4095
email :

NEW Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

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Research Funding Update: Projects and Programmes

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

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

Posted by Andy

You've seen it here first, the future of laptop technology! We should all get one, imagine how many hours we could save with these babies ;-)

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

FOLIO Maximising the Impact of Your Service Course

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Posted by Anthea

ScHARR Information Resources Group is pleased to announce that the National Library for Health is funding the FOLIO 'Maximising the Impact of Your Service (MAXIM)' Course to begin on Monday 2 February 2009. This course originally ran in 2004, but has been extensively updated for 2009 to reflect the changes in health libraries and information services during this time.

Registration for the course is now open. There are 50 places available for information professionals serving staff working in the UK NHS. For further information, including instructions on how to book a place on the course, please see our FOLIO Wiki at:

HEDS Seminar Programme Spring/Summer 2009

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Posted by Andy

The HEDS Seminar Programme for Spring and Summer 2009 have been released and are listed below. The details are:

Date and time

Thursday 12 February 2009
12.30 – 1.30pm
Sean Sullivan University of Washington
Lecture rooms 1 and 2, Regent Court

Thursday 19 March 2009
12.30 – 1.30pm
Michael Pidd Lancaster University
DGHPSim: smart simulation approaches for investigating healthcare policy as well as developing better practice
Lecture rooms 1 and 2, Regent Court

Thursday 23 April 2009
12.30 – 1.30pm
Mila Petrova University of Warwick
Searching electronic databases for publications on health-related values
Lecture rooms 1 and 2, Regent Court

Thursday 21 May 2009
12.30 – 1.30pm
Dr Ruth Garside
PenTAG, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth
Lecture rooms 1 and 2, Regent Court

Thursday 18 June 2009
12.30 – 1.30pm
Andrew Jones
University of York
Joint HEDS and Economics seminar
Lecture rooms 1 and 2, Regent Court

Thursday 16 July 2009
12.30 – 1.30pm
Amanda Burls
University of Oxford
The ethics of prioritisation in HTA
Lecture rooms 1 and 2, Regent Court

For further information please contact Donna Rowen or John Brazier

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Recommended Website of the Month

Posted by Andy

I'm not entirely sure how much Knol brings to the Wiki party, but it does appear to offer some potential as a useful knowledge resource. Just to digress for a second, referring to the idea of a Wiki party, it led me to quickly search to see if there has been one ever, well people have Eurovision and Big Brother parties. Sadly there is limited evidence of a Wikipedia party, but there is a useful article on Knol and its challenge to the Wikipedia crown, which you can read here.

The big difference between Wikipedia and Knol, apart from Knol's limited content at this moment, is the issue of authorship. One of the obvious failings of Wikipedia has been that we've not always been able to trust what we read. The classic example was that of the infamous Wikipedia Wars where content was changed back and forth based on several points of view.

Knol, backed by the mighty Google (well don't they own everything on the Internet?) intends to provide information on any known topic (of thereabouts) and provide the options of feedback. Knol promises not to comment on people's contributions, and will in theory leave the resource to grow organically. They state that; "We are deeply convinced that authorship -- knowing who wrote what -- helps readers trust the content,” commented Cedric DuPont, product manager for Knol, in a Reuters report.

Personally, it may not have the brains of The Encyclopaedia Britannica or the content of Wikipedia but it could be a great tool for organisations wishing to create how to's or FAQs and not bothered with the whole wiki thing. As for a Wikipedia party, I think it would look like this.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Happy New Year!!!

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Posted by Andy Tattersall

Everyone at ScHARR Library Towers (yes this place does exist, honest), we'd like to extend our best wishes for 2009, may it bring you health, happiness and a bargain in the January bankruptcy sales.
2009, it's frightening to think how time is flying, it won't be too long before it's 2010 or 2009 (version 2.0). Anyway to herald the start of a new year, I thought I'd leave you with these pieces of wisdom.
"The moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we've changed their lives forever, and for the better."
Barack Obama
Make thy books thy companions. Let thy cases and shelves be thy pleasure grounds and gardens. - Judah ibn-Tibbon (12th century)

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.- Cicero

Libraries are not made; they grow.- Augustine Birrell

Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.- Virginia Woolf

It is impossible to enter a large library... without feeling an inward sensation of reverence, and without catching some sparks of noble emulation, from the mass of mind which is scattered around you.- James Crossley

I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now -- only that place where the books are kept.- John Steinbeck

Books are lighthouses erected in the great sea of time. - Edwin P. Whipple
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.- Mark Twain

Hard-covered books break up friendships. You loan a hard covered book to a friend and when he doesn't return it you get mad at him. It makes you mean and petty. But twenty-five cent books are different. - John Steinbeck