Established in 1994 ScHARR's Information Resources team has established itself as a key national player in providing information support to health technology assessment and health services research. The team is made up of professional, highly trained Information Specialists who are involved in the forefront of research, teaching, support and development. This is our blog where we talk about the diverse work we do: #Teach #Research #Search #Support
Thursday, 3 March 2016
Yet more from the Information Resources Academic Development Group
Within our team in Information Resources, we have a wealth of experience and a real diversity in skills and knowledge. Everyone, in every workplace wishes they had more time for professional development, and within Information Resources, we carve out an hour, every six weeks, to get together to talk about our work and focus on our development, as part of our Information Resources Academic Development Group (IRADG). Louise Preston looks at what's happening in the IRADG.
I last blogged about the IRADG
back at the end of 2014 and the group had a small hiatus whilst I was on maternity leave.
However we are back and stronger
than ever (or something like that!). We rotate our meeting topics, as we are
such a diverse group, with alternate meetings focusing on searching and the
interim meetings focusing on teaching and research respectively. This allows us
to address the needs of everyone in the group, whilst acknowledging that the
vast majority of us got into the role through information science and
It has been really useful having
Mark and Naila, as newer members of Information Resources at the meeting, as
they bring knowledge and expertise from their previous roles that add to our
So far in 2016, we have spent
some time grappling with the advanced capabilities of Endnote (as we have
relatively recently moved to Endnote from Reference Manager) and spent time
discussing the development of teaching and training materials for online
learning, and the pedagogical differences between face to face learning and
online learning….and it’s only the start of March!
Information Resources, despite being a small team, always
provides a team member to participate in the “Gone in 60 Seconds” slot, as part
of our larger section meetings, with our colleagues in Health Economics and Decision Science – this month Angie Rees is going to talk about the ScHARR
Health Utilities Database. This ensures that the work we do gets regularly
shared with our colleagues in ScHARR.
Our future plans include a session on development of models and
searching to populate these, from our very own Suzy Paisley and a catch up on all the conferences
and seminars we have been attending and presenting at in 2016.
So as you can see, as well as focusing on our day to day jobs, we all enjoy taking the opportunity to get together and learn from one another!