Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Is Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis? asks Greenhaigh et al

An article in the BMJ by Trisha Greenhalgh and colleagues [where they] 'argue that, although evidence based medicine has had many benefits, it has also had some negative unintended consequences. They offer a preliminary agenda for the movement's renaissance, refocusing on providing useable evidence that can be combined with context and professional expertise so that individual patients get optimal treatment.'


Friday, June 13, 2014

University of Hull, Brynmor Jones Library Redevelopment update

What’s going on?

·         The 2nd floor of the east building and 6th floor of the tower will close for two weeks from this Friday, 13th June.  This will allow remedial work connected with the removal of the external hoist to take place, and other finishing work to be undertaken.  There will be a book retrieval service for material from the 6th floor during this period.  A microfilm reader has been temporarily relocated from 2nd floor east to 1st floor east.

·         The east staircase in the tower will be closed for refurbishment from next week.  At the same time the west staircase will be handed back.  Both staircases will be available for use in case of an emergency.  The west staircase will, however, not be available between the ground and 1st floors; access to the 1st floor will be via the new lifts and staircase, the opening of which is described below.

·         The brand new South Entrance will open next week.  At the same time the library will also take possession of the new lifts and staircase giving access from the ground floor to the 1st and 2nd floors.  This paves the way for the full integration of the two parts of the Library at the end of the month.  Library users will need their staff and students cards to pass through the new turnstiles leading to the lifts and stairs.

·         As soon as the new South Entrance opens, the current main entrance and the temporary stairs to the Reading Room on the south side of the building will close.  This marks the start of work on the final phase of the redevelopment.

·         A temporary book return station will be installed on the 1st floor of the tower at the information point; it will not be possible to return books on the ground floor until that part of the redevelopment has been completed later this summer.  The security gates at the exit from the Reading Room will also go live next week.  Henceforth all books must be checked out before they are taken out of the Reading Room.  It will also now be necessary to check out books from the tower before descending to the ground floor; this can be done using the self issue machines on every floor.

When’s it happening?

·          Closure of the 6th floor of the tower and 2nd floor east will take place on Friday 13th June.  All other changes will be happening next week – there will be a further update confirming the exact dates.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Subscription reviews are like buses -

You wait for about a year
And as soon as one approaches your stop
Two or three others appear.*

Colleagues based at the University of York affiliated to another department should be aware that the University of York Library is currently consulting with departments regarding subscriptions. If you wish to contribute to this exercise you should contact your non-HYMS departmental Library Rep for details.

The University of York review is separate from our own HYMS subscriptions review.

If you are a member of HYMS, no matter where based, please take the time to complete the latter.
If you are a member of a University of York department as well as HYMS you should ideally engage with both.

* Luckily only two this year and apologies to Wendy Cope.

Friday, June 6, 2014

University of Hull, Brynmor Jones Library redevelopment update

What’s going on?

·         The 1st floor of the tower has been partially handed over and is now open. This area contains  48 PC desks, 24 reading desks and soft seating as well as an information point.  The ‘bridge’ which links this floor and the east building is due to open in the middle of June.

·         The information point on the 1st floor will be used as the temporary book return point once the current entrance and ground floor area close in mid June.  More information about this will be given next week

Work is continuing on the new south entrance which is due to open mid June, along with the new lifts, new staircase and Welcome Desk

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

MoreBooks at York

The University of York is again giving students the opportunity to tell us what books to buy, whether it's a title the Library doesn’t have or an additional copy of a book you’re finding hard to get hold of. This time around we have £20K to spend and the scheme will close when we reach that target.

A MoreBooks button (above) will appear alongside book titles in YorSearch and all you need to do is click it and enter your details in the form. To suggest an item we don’t currently have, go to the New titles through MoreBooks form. The Library will then purchase a copy of the book you want, buying an e-book where possible to improve availability.

Last year we purchased over 1,800 books through the scheme, so don't miss your chance to tell us what to buy.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Acland's Anatomy access issues

Thanks to the students who have reported issues accessing Acland's using the Hull proxy server off campus. We have reported the problem and hope to have  this resolved soon. In the meantime you should be able to access on the HYMS network including via the HYMS portal. See for information about the latter.