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November 28, 2005

CILIP Review of Special Interest Groups

Well I have the papers on this for Council in a week or so's time. Interesting reading, even if it's not anything too suprising…

And the results were…

Follow-up to Medical focus from Innovating Research!

Interesting to say the least. The Medical Grid was definitely something the students would appreciate and they had a wealth of suggestions that will help Rachel to shape what she puts in place (though I know time is tight for this project). The two most important things to the students it seemed to me was a provision of duplicate book stock from the current Grid (biomedical stuff) and good long opening hours to cope with their particular needs.

As suspected there was also some related comments on the library and its current resource provisions for medics. Unsurprisingly "more" was the core theme here, and I've passed on the comments to the Science Librarian team so they can hopefully take it forward.

I think the willingness of the medics to engage with the discussions shows a good form that we can hopefully repeat for the library's efforts next terms.

In other news, whilst it might be snowing outside it is a healthy 22.5degsC inside the office today – a great improvement on last week and one that I hope sticks!

Medical focus

I'm off this morning to help facilitate a small focus group with Rachel "Learning Grid" Edwards up at the medical school. They're perhaps not the most systematically formulated population sample (three students and one academic) nor perhaps quite big enough for a really good session, though all the same there will probably be some very interesting insights into the students and their needs as they pertain to the Grid – and to a lesser degree to the Library.

We're hoping to run some groups with the undergrads early next year looking more closely at library perceptions and resourcing needs. The postgrads are going to be a bit trickier to reach as they tend to be off site a lot more – so potentially we'll try and gain some insight using an online questionnaire. But all this is pending discussions (and hopefully warm support) with the Medical School staff.

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