2009 Spring Forum

"Let it be also an ambition*... Identifying and supporting the information needs of 21st century healthcare researchers"

Woburn House Conference Centre London, 9 March 2009

Recent years have seen an explosion in health care research activity across the NHS and Higher Education. The development of new funding arrangements with associated reorganisations and new structures such as Academic Health Science Centres have started to transform the research landscape.

But what should we be doing to deliver improved information services in this new environment? How should libraries support healthcare / biomedical researchers nationally and locally? Can our traditional skills and services be remoulded or should we be making a paradigm shift in our service offerings?

The UHMLG Spring Forum sought to address some of these issues with an exciting programme that includes a combination of national service overviews, local case studies from the UK and the US and input from real live researchers and national research leads on their information needs.


Links are provided to presentations that have been made available by speakers at the meeting.

Supporting Allied Health Professions Research
Professor Roland Petchey, Director, Centre for AHP Research, City University, London

Support Unit for Research Evidence (SURE)
Mala Mann

Making friends with researchers @ Oxford
Nia Roberts, Outreach Librarian University of Oxford Health Care Libraries

An overview of UK PubMed Central Developments and BL RIC project
Paul Davey, UK PubMed Central Engagement Manager

Supporting research commissioning
Carrie Sherlock (College of Optometrists), Anne Welsh and Jenny Wood (Eyes & Vision Specialist Library)

Supporting researchers at Imperial College London
Helen Harrington, Campus Library Manager, Imperial College London

Users, their experiences and how persona development and usability helps us to do the right thing
Joanne Sparks, University of Oxford

Research Capability Programme
Alex Markham, Senior Responsible Officer, Research Capability Programme

*Let it be also an ambition to add your mite [contribution] to the store of medical knowledge.
Osler W. Valedictory Address to the Graduates in Medicine and Surgery, McGill University. Can Med Surg J 1874-75;3:433-42.

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