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Accessing e-books

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While our print books are temporarily reference only, Exeter Health Library does have access to over 100+ e-books, which are available to you 24/7.

All you’ll need is an NHS OpenAthens username and password, which is quick and easy to register for. All our e-books are available to both Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, and Devon Partnership Trust staff.

Our e-books can either be read online, and have search and browse functionality, or some can be downloaded to your PC for a limited time period, for offline use. Full instructions on how to download ProQuest e-books to your own device can be found here. You don’t need a Kindle or e-reader, books can be downloaded to PCs, laptops, tablets and even phones!

There are a number of ways you can find out what e-books we have access to:

  • Via the Library Catalogue
    All of our e-books are catalogued on the Library Catalogue. If we have online access to a title, there will be a link on the page which says ‘Available online to NHS staff and eligible College of Medicine and Health users only’. Click on the link and log in with your NHS OpenAthens login when prompted.

    Please note: we share a library system with the University of Exeter, but we do not have access to their e-book collections. Their links will ask for an Exeter IT login, which you won’t have.

  • Via our Topic Guides
    If you visit the Topic Guide for your clinical area/discipline, you will find links to relevant e-books in the ‘Books’ section of each guide – click on the E-books tab for a list of books, and then follow the links through to the e-book, logging in with NHS OpenAthens if prompted.
  • Via our E-books page
    Visit our E-Books page on the website, to browse a list of available titles by collection, which include the ‘Rapid’ and ‘Hands On’ series, the ‘Nursing made incredibly easy’ collection and a wide range of titles on a variety of subjects from our ProQuest EBL Library.

If you’d like access to a particular book, please complete our online Book/chapter request form. We’ll do our best to provide you with access to what you need, although our resources are limited.

If you have any questions, or problems accessing the e-books please email us:
rde-tr.library@nhs.net.

Library service update – Mon 30th March

With immediate effect, following advice from the hospital’s Infection, Prevention and Control team, we are no longer issuing print books from Exeter Health Library. The self-service machine will be switched off, and the library will be for reference use only.

If you are already have some library books out, please keep hold of them until further notice.

Now might be the perfect time to check out our e-book resources, we have many titles available online, and all you need is an NHS OpenAthens login to access them. Watch this space for more detailed information about our e-book collections, and how to access them…

We currently investigating how we can expand our e-book provision, but in the meantime, if there is a particular title you need, please email the library team rde-tr.library@nhs.net, and we’ll see what we can do.

Stay safe and well,

The Library team

Virtual library service from Weds 25th March

From Wednesday 25th March, Exeter Health Library staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future.

The Library is currently still open and available for you to use, equipped with 18 NHS networked PCs and quiet study space. Doors are open 0830-1730, Monday to Friday. Those who are registered for 24/7 access will still be able to access the library whenever they need to.  Library access will be reviewed, and may change in accordance to government and Trust advice.

Our book collection is there to be browsed and borrowed using the self-issue facilities or our book alarm report sheets – detailed instructions are provided in the Library. As per our previous update, we are advising borrowers to keep hold of their books until further notice. The book drop in Oasis is closed, and we are not placing reservations, renewing items, sending reminders or issuing fines or other charges.

You can of course still access our e-resources using your NHS OpenAthens login. If you aren’t already registered you can sign up here. And if you need articles from journals we don’t subscribe to we are still tracking these down from other sources for you – just continue to submit your requests as usual – although supply times may vary as other libraries are also facing challenging circumstances.

We are monitoring our inbox and will endeavour to respond to enquiries, including requests for support with searching, in a timely fashion.

Our Literature Searching service continues too, an online search request form is available.

Please note we will not be picking up messages on our answerphone – apologies for the inconvenience.

Our website is a fantastic source of information on all our services, from Topic Guides providing information resources for a whole host of specialities, to hints and tips for conducting your own searches, as well as all the forms you need to request services from the team. You can also find up to date information about our service offer as the impact of COVID19 plays out.

Follow us on Twitter @RDELibrary and Facebook Exeter Health Library, RD&E for regular updates.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please get in touch.

The Library Team – rde-tr.library@nhs.net  

COVID-19 plans in the event of library closure

The Library remains open at the moment, albeit with reduced staffing and some staff remote working.

In the event that the library has to be closed due to COVID-19, we will be offering a virtual service.

If that is the case, there are a number of resources and services which will be available to you both at home or in the workplace:

  • UpToDate and BMJ Best Practice
    These point of care tools are both available via Hub>Non-Clinical Systems if you are working on site, or with an NHS OpenAthens account if you are working from home.
  • Journals and Databases
    You can access a wealth of information, research and journal articles from the Journals and Databases section of NHS Evidence. You will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the databases and journals.
  • Document supply
    If your NHS OpenAthens account doesn’t give you access to an article you need, please complete our journal article request form, and we’ll try and obtain a copy for you. This may take slightly longer than usual, but we’ll do our best to get you what you need.
  • E-books
    If the library is closed, you won’t be able to borrow or return our print books – if you have some out already, just hold onto them for now. We have a growing collection of e-books you can access with your NHS OpenAthens account, to browse the collections, see our E-Books page. If there is a particular book you need, use our book/chapter request form and we can try and source electronic access for you, where possible.
  • Training
    While we won’t be able to offer face-to-face training, if you need any help with learning how to access the journals, or search the databases, we have a Searching Help guide, and library staff who will be able to help you remotely. We’re looking into video conferencing and remote training tools.
  • Literature search service
    We will be offering a remote literature search service for Trust/clinical related evidence searches (not for academic purposes). Please complete a literature search request form and one of the team will complete a search for you, although this may take a little longer than it usually does, so please give as much notice as you can.
  • Evidence updates
    If you want to stay up to date with the latest articles and evidence in your area, you can sign up for our KnowledgeShare evidence update service. Complete our KnowledgeShare registration form and we’ll set up a profile for you, and you will start receiving regular evidence updates by email.
  • Topic Guides
    Did you know about our Topic guides, which provide information resources for a whole host of specialties? If you’d like one for your specialty or clinical area, please get in touch and we can set one up for you.

There are also lots of resources and Help on our library website.

If there is anything you need, library staff will be available via email rde-tr.library@nhs.net or Twitter.

Stay safe and well.

 

Library service update – Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The library is currently open. We are monitoring updates on coronavirus closely, along with Trust advice and guidelines.

For more information and FAQs about impact to library services, please see our Coronavirus Service Updates page.

We will keep you informed of any service changes here on the website, on social media and via the service update page mentioned above.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library rde-tr.library@nhs.net.

Remote access to BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is available to all RD&E staff via Non-Clinical Systems on Hub, without a login.

If you want to access BMJ Best Practice off-site or at home, you’ll need to log in with NHS OpenAthens, and the way you do this has changed slightly.

  1. Visit bestpractice.bmj.com and click ‘Log in‘.
  2. You will be presented with an ‘Access through your institution‘ button.

 

 

 

 

3. When selected, you will be asked to search for your institution. Please type and select ‘NHS in England’, and then log in using your OpenAthens username and password.

4. Click ‘continue‘ to link your OpenAthens account with your BMJ Best Practice personal account. You can use these personal account details to log in and access BMJ Best Practice anywhere.

If you have any problems, please contact the Library team.

Open Access Week 2019

Open Access is the practice of making research outputs such as peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters/monographs, freely available online for everyone to read, use and re-use.

Open Access Week runs from 21-27 October, and the theme this year is ‘Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge’.

Exeter Health Library supports researchers at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust with Open Access through the RD&E Research Repository. Researchers can upload full-text versions of their peer-reviewed journal articles to the repository and make them freely accessible (where publisher permissions allow), as well as other research outputs they want to share, such as conference posters.

If you’ve recently had an article accepted for publication, and you’d like to add it to the RD&E Research Repository, please complete the online form, or drop an email to rde-tr.ResearchRepository@nhs.net.

For more information about Open Access, and the research repository, please visit Exeter Health Library Research Hub.

Randomised Coffee Trial

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Do you ever wish you knew more about the work of other teams in the Trust?

Why don’t you join in with Exeter Health Library’s randomised coffee trial? All it takes is 15 minutes of your time.

Randomised coffee trials are simple way of connecting people who wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet and have a conversation. You will be randomly paired with another member of staff and you will both be supplied with each other’s contact details and asked to arrange a mutually convenient time to meet for your coffee and chat.

These types of meetings are proven to encourage people to work collaboratively and break down silos. You could gain an insight into parts of the RD&E you didn’t even know existed, and have the chance to discuss some of the successes or challenges facing you at work. All are welcome.

To find out more, contact Charlotte Greaves on x6729 or charlotte.greaves@nhs.net. To register for the trial, please email rde-tr.library@nhs.net.

The registration deadline is Friday 27 September, and the conversations will be held during October and November.

Why should you get involved?

  • Frontline staff tell us they are experiencing less and less real-life, face-to-face interactions with other staff
  • This can break down silos and get people connecting and learning from each other
  • Conversation is a seriously underestimated tool for learning and change

Further information is available on this poster.

August Bank Holiday weekend

The library will be unstaffed over the Bank Holiday weekendreading_nature, we’ll be back in on Tuesday 27th August.

24/7 access is available to registered library members on request, with either an activated RD&E staff badge, or an Exeter Health Library proximity card.

Don’t forget – many resources such as e-books, databases, journals & evidence-based resources are all available online with an NHS OpenAthens account.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend!

The Library team

Changes to national core NHS e-resources from 1st April

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From 1st April, there will be a number of changes to the national core e-resources content which is available to all NHS staff, funded by HEE.

What’s going?

CINAHL Plus with full-text
This will be replaced by CINAHL index database, which will be searchable via HDAS or the native EBSCO interface.

Any searches you’ve saved in HDAS that used this database will automatically be changed on the 01 April so that they use the CINAHL index.

For saved searches in the EBSCO native interface you will need to manually migrate any searches you want to re-use to the CINAHL index database. This can be done by editing the search from your folder in the native interface, selecting the CINAHL Index database and saving the search.

Please don’t forget, we now have access to a number of core nursing journals via MAG Online Library, including British Journal of Nursing. For more details, see our previous post.

Health Business Elite (being decommissioned Friday 29th March)

Any searches you’ve saved in HDAS that used this database will automatically be changed on the 01 April so that they use the CINAHL index.

For saved searches in the EBCO native interface you will need to manually migrate any searches you want to re-use to the CINAHL index database. This can be done by editing the search from your folder in the native interface, selecting the CINAHL Index database and saving the search.

Links to full text articles from CINAHL Plus with Full Text and HBE

Full text journal content that was accessible within these databases will not be available. Links in HDAS saved results won’t show, and where links have been exported from HDAS – for example into current awareness bulletins – these will result in an error unless you have another route of access to the journal, such as a local subscription to the relevant journal title, the title is available in an alternative NCC full text collection or is Open Access.

What’s new?

There will be a number of resources available to you from 1st April:

BMJ Best Practice
Point of care tool guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention using evidence-based methodology and expert opinion.

EBSCO’s Psychology & Behavioral Sciences full-text collection
Database for psychologists, counsellors, researchers and students, plus full-text access to hundreds of psychology journals.

Emcare
Nursing and allied health database – will be searchable via HDAS and Ovid interfaces.

MEDLINE with Full Text
The renowned MEDLINE database, with the addition of access to approx. 2,000 full-text journals.

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the Library.