Thursday, 28 July 2011

The Man Without a Facebook Trailer

Posted by Andy

Once in a while a friend request will come along that will change your life forever.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

July edition of Take Five

Photo by Anguskirk
Post by Anna

The latest edition of Take Five is packed full of new websites, research funding opportunities,training courses and current awareness.
You can view it here

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

An archive of the Take Five Newsletter and other research funding updates can be viewed here

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Research Funding Update - Fellowships and Studentships

 Post by Anna
The latest issue of the Research Funding Update can be viewed by following this link

Previous editions of the update can be viewed here

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Andrew Booth awarded the Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize

Posted by Ruth

On Tuesday 12th July 2011 Andrew Booth, Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice and Director of Information at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield was awarded the Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize.

The Cyril Barnard Memorial Prize is awarded by the Health Libraries Group Committee in recognition of outstanding services to medical librarianship and is awarded every three years. The award was presented at the CILIP Health Libraries Group Annual General Meeting at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield.

Congratulations to Andrew!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Harry Potter and The Well of Medical Research

Photo by alvarezperea
 Posted by Anthea

Anyone looking for a bit of inspiration for writing week or 5 minutes diversion, see this article in the LA Times:,0,6346726.story
It seems Harry Potter has become a source of material for some researchers, including studies around emergency department visits, "Hogwarts headache", and psychotherapy. See PubMed for a list of Potter-related studies:

Sunday, 10 July 2011

How the web was won.... by our very own Andy Tattersall!

                                                         Image © University of Sheffield 2011

Well its been a while coming, but IR's Andy Tattersall has finally taken his rightful place among the pages of Health Information and Libraries Journal. The abstract for his article 'How the web was some' is available online at:

Its an essential read for all library and information professionals with an interest in web 2.0, its history and what it means for them!

Posted by Claire 

Thursday, 7 July 2011

A Postcard from EAHIL

Photo by Helen
Posted by Andy

Our roving information specialist Helen Buckley Woods reports from EAHIL 2011

Hello from the EAHIL conference in Istanbul. The theme of this year’s conference is “Active Learning and Research Partners in Health” With delegates from 38 countries there is a positive feeling of sharing best practice and a real sense of partnership across Europe and beyond. I must be feeling that conference optimism – long may it prevail! The conference is in full flow and amongst others I have attended sessions on using the Kirkpatrick model to evaluate e-learning in Prague presented by Helena Bouzkova and Adela Jarolimkova and “e-learning in pills” Funda Topez described the creation of online short films as a cost-effective and time effective alternative for training health care professionals in the business of accessing the research literature. I have also had the pleasure of delivering a pre-conference workshop on active learning and the relationship between the research evidence and teaching practice in information literacy. Tomorrow is the last day with sessions including those on e-readers and e-text and knowledge management.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Future Bite Size sessions coming this August!

Posted by Andy
Image used under a Creative Commons Licence - © Tony Patterson

As the ScHARR Bite Size series for the first part of 2011 winds up for the summer with Mari Bullock's session on RNC we've already planned for the rest of the year. If you want to know know more about researching on the go with your mobile, copyright and the Cloud, MOLE 2, Google Maps and what the TSU can do for you - join us again from September when we'll return with more 20 minute informationive sessions...oh and they'll still be cakes of course. As for the venues, that is to be confirmed, but it will be in Regent Court.

Day of the week
Video recording and podcasting in ScHARR - Andy Tattersall/Chris Blackmore
Voice Works - Margaret Freeman
Data, Copyright and the Cloud Andy Tattersall
MOLE 2 - Luke Miller
URMS - Mari Bullock
What the TSU Can do for You - Jane Spooner
Mobile Phone Apps for Research Claire Beecroft
MOLE For Teamwork - Jenny Owen
SCIRUS Search Engine - Anna Cantrell
Supporting  Students - Sources of Help - Brigid Carroll
Google Maps for Research Anthea Sutton
Plagerism - Alan O'Rourke
Essential Tools for 2012 Andy Tattersall
Bite Size End of Year Quiz -Andy Tattersall/Jenny Freeman

Monday, 4 July 2011

ScHARR Bite Size for Research and Collaboration - Wednesday 6th July - 2.30pm - What is Research Net Contribution?

Posted by Andy

The latest ScHARR Bite Size session to aid research and collaboration is being presented by Mari Bullock and answers the question 'What is Research Net Contribution?'
In the mass of research funding acronyms, have you ever wondered what RNC meant?
Did you know that increasing it brings extra funds into ScHARR?

Come and learn why this is an important part of grant application costing in URMS and how to maximise it (with a few other acronym demystifiers on the way!).
Being an URMS user will help but isn't essential.
As always, bite sized cakes will be available to supplement that mid afternoon cup of tea or coffee.