Learn @ Lunch

Library training sessions

Delivered over lunchtime, our Learn @ Lunch sessions offer bite-sized training to help you access the information you need. To book on any of the sessions, please click on the link below the course description, or email library.rph@lthtr.nhs.uk.

If you would like any of these sessions delivered to teams or larger groups of staff then we can arrange a session at a time and a place to suit you. 
Want training on something that isn’t listed below? Get in touch with us and we’ll see how we can help.
 

Library induction 

Preparing for study

Finding evidence 

Undertaking a literature search

Shut up and write
 

 

Library Induction

Course content:

  • Join the library
  • Tour of the library
  • Accessing library services from work and home, including information on OpenAthens and how to sign up for an Athens username
  • An overview of available resources
  • Using the library catalogue to find, reserve and renew books
  • How to access full-text journal articles and use your OpenAthens account

Attend if:

  • You are new to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • You are embarking on a course of study, are writing an assignment, are returning to study or are researching a CPD topic
  • You need information on the resources available to you to support patient care or service improvement

Previous experience required: None required

Duration: 20 minutes

Format: Presentation with demonstrations of the library catalogue and relevant online resources

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Preparing for study – essentials to help you stay organised

Course content:

  • Managing your library account – how to find and reserve books.
  • Getting hold of full text – finding that elusive journal article
  • Time management – how to make the most of what you’ve got
  • Managing references -  simple online systems to help keep control of what you’ve read

Attend if:

  • You are about to start or have recently started a course
  • You are about to start writing an assignment

Previous experience required: None required. This session is suitable for anyone undertaking academic study, especially if it’s been a while since you were a student.

Duration: 1 hour

Format: Online demonstrations and hands on practice, plus a package of support resources to take away with you

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Finding evidence

Course content:

  • Accessing point of care tools (such as DynaMed Plus and BMJ Best Practice) both at home and work
  • The various ways to access electronic journals, including using BrowZine our new journal finder
  • How to access the library’s collection of electronic books, e.g. Oxford Handbooks and the Royal Marsden
  • How to keep up-to-date with the latest articles using BrowZine

Attend if:

This course will give attendees a quick introduction on how to access the library’s online resources. It will of benefit to anyone who is looking to save time when trying to access full text material. In particular this course will help the following groups:

  • New medical students and new nursing students 
  • New members of staff to LTHTR
  • Anyone about to start an educational course
  • Anyone interested in research

Previous experience required: Some experience of using the Internet would be useful

Duration: 1 hour

Format: Presentation and hands on practice

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Undertaking a literature search

Course content:

  • Formulate an appropriate search question
  • Identifying and understanding the different types of evidence
  • Using search engines and evidence tools such as Evidence Search, The Cochrane Library, Medline and Cinahl to find good quality health care information
  • Downloading and saving references

Attend if:

  • You need to find the best evidence to support patient care or service improvement
  • You need to search the primary literature for your research project or dissertation, or for the purposes of audit
  • You are required to do any form of literature review, including systematic reviews
  • You are embarking on a course of study, are writing an assignment, are returning to study or are researching a CPD topic.

Previous experience required: Some experience of using the Internet is required. A familiarity with journal literature would also be useful.

Duration: 1 hour

Format: Presentation with worked examples and hands on practice

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Shut up and write

Course content:

Shut up and write sessions are a place to do exactly that – write! There’s no talking, reading or internet, just space to get your head down and write. Sessions are an hour long and run using the Pomodoro technique. We sit and write in 25 minute periods, and in the 5 minute period in between we get up and move to help combat fatigue and long periods of sitting.

Attend if:

You have anything you need to write – it could be an assignment, a report, a conference presentation, an article or a policy or guideline. It could be something you’ve had on your to do list for a long time, or something you keep trying to write but can’t because of interruptions.

Previous experience required: None

Duration: 1 hour

Format: Sessions will take place in the IT room, but you can bring your own laptop if you want to. You are welcome to bring your lunch or a snack.

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