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2018 Call for Innovations

Following some excellent entries to the Sally Hernando Innovation Awards last year, we are pleased to invite entries for the 2018 awards.  Once again, we want to hear about the new and innovative ideas Library and Knowledge services have been introducing over the past few years.

Feedback to several services last year was that their innovations were so new that there had been no time to undertake an evaluation – an essential element of the new process.  We would especially welcome re-submission of any of these projects where evaluation has now taken place.

The innovation form has been slightly revised this year to include a champion or witness statement from colleagues within your organisation who have worked with you on the innovations.  Please make sure that you use the latest version of the entry form on the blog.

Maria Grant has kindly agreed to select the winners of the award again this year.  We hope to announce the results of the 2018 awards to coincide with Libraries Week in October and there will be funding for the winners to present their innovations at HLG or a similar UK conference.

The new innovations form, guidance, and submission process can be found on the Knowledge for Healthcare Blog

The deadline for entries for the 2018 awards is Friday 9th March 2018

We look forward to hearing from you.

Dominic Gilroy
NHS LKS Development Manager Yorkshire and Humber
dominic.gilroy1@nhs.net

Joanne Naughton
NHS LKS Development Manager North East
joanne.naughton1@nhs.net

How an institutional repository can add value and enable organisational knowledge to be shared.

Every year the information analyst in our Research & Development (R&D) department would spend weeks combing through PubMed, searching for Trust authored publications, assembling incredibly long and complicated search strings, comparing results against spreadsheets of names of Trust researchers… then assembling a publications report to attach as an appendix to the annual R&D report to the Trust board, or a spreadsheet of figures to send off to funding bodies. Reports which would then disappear into filing cabinets, or creaky hard drives, never to see the light of day again…

Until R&D and the Library worked together to launched the institutional repository!

The repository serves a dual purpose:

Firstly, the publications data is collected, checked and added to the repository on a regular basis (by library staff), saving the R&D department literally “weeks of time” (direct quote from a very happy information analyst).

Secondly, the publication details are made freely available online – showcasing all the research that takes place in the Trust.

This data was already being collected, but placing it in the institutional repository added value to it by making it:

  • Visible, searchable, discoverable
  • Organised – by division, specialty or department
  • Shareable – easy to Tweet about new articles, embed RSS feeds of new articles into subject resource hubs/intranet
  • Connected – linking research articles to research projects on the Trust’s research information systems
  • Open Access – including full-text versions of articles within publisher’s permissions, or linking to articles on publisher’s sites.
  • Promotable – ability to create researcher profile pages listing publications (good for CVs!)
  • Patient engaging – research participants can see what has been published in the studies they have been a part of

Institutional repositories don’t have to be limited to just published journal articles, they can also include other organisational assets such as patient information leaflets, Trust reports and publications, conference posters, innovations…the possibilities are endless! Your IR can either be internal or external facing depending on the content (your innovations may be protected by intellectual property for example).

You don’t necessary need fancy technology to put together an institutional repository – it can be something as simple as a spreadsheet or a blog – any tool or mechanism you can use to capture and organise knowledge. If you’re thinking about starting an institutional repository, see the Knowledge for Healthcare Institutional Repository Toolkit for ideas, tips & hints and case studies.

Organising and mobilising knowledge is what we information professionals do best and institutional repositories are a great opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships with other departments in our organisations (we’re certainly working closer with R&D now!) and to demonstrate our skills and value, so go for it!

Cate Newell
Reader Services Librarian and RD&E Research Repository Manager
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Emerging Technology Group Update

Bah (hum) bugs.  Too many easy puns this time of the year.  Too easy…

Now where were we?  Since we last publicised our little group here at the KfH, our team members have been busy bees.  One such bee, Catherine, attended an interesting conference app-tly (like I said, too easy) named Internet Librarian International (ILI) conference.  Click here (www.swimsnetwork.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/newsletters/102-Swimming-Pool-Dec-2017.pdf)

and zoom to page 6 for fantastic insights.

For moi, Lesson #1 is worth a little discussion: fad vs trend.

Hands up to those who have bought that fancy piece of technology only to realise that after one mere annum down everyone’s life, you cannot even find it in ANY bargain basement of well-known low-cost high street shops?  I share your pain.  Truly.  Minidisc anyone?

For me, fad = fashion, trend = usefulness.  To wring it another way, perceived usefulness (fad) versus real usefulness (trend).  Things that showcase as the ‘must buy’, those high-fashion colourful shiny new tech, bits that make you feel superior and full of high status.  FAKE NEWS!!  Mundane, geeky, dull stuff, those you see people quoting lots of numbers and unheard of vernacular on.  REAL NEWS!!

Augmented reality/virtuality is a trend, virtual AI assistant (store.google.com/gb/product/google_home, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Alexa,  microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/cortana ) is a trend and common to popular beliefs, VR glasses is a trend (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass ).  Or certainly the beginning of one.  Curved TVs are a fad, >90% screen to body ratio phones are a fad; perhaps even smart watches are a fad.

What does this mean for LKS and the NHS?  Understanding the potential and utilising technological trends is very powerful indeed.  For example:

Virtual reality has already been utilised by cool surgeons for operating on patients (bartshealth.nhs.uk/news/surgeons-use-virtual-reality-to-operate-from-different-sides-of-the-world-2171 ).  AI and voice commands are already being explored within the health sectors by politicians and web giants (www.digitalhealth.net/2017/12/artificial-intelligence-voice-technology-health-sector).

So let’s take this one step further.

What if we can have a virtual library when someone dons  a VR headset/Google Glass?  How about if we use augmented virtuality for educational purposes or to simply tour our Trust (www2.mmu.ac.uk/creativear/projects/the-box-project-mixed-reality/)? How about if we complimented all this by AI virtual assistance to help with FAQs.  I could literally see Estates jumping for joy here at the sound of this, and the cries of ICT department at the implementation.

Hindsight is something of a wonderful thing however, and sadly, I do not have an X-Men like soothsayer’s abilities to predict such outcomes.  Only time will tell.  Ahh there goes my dream of owning an island filled with quokkas.

As the once famous (?) rapper said, back to reality.  Our team look to publish on our specialist technological domains once every two months, lovingly listed below.

David :                  Future concepts (AI; algorithms; augmented reality; automation; gamification)

Yi Wen:                Digital security (encryption; digital security; privacy issues and concerns; anonymity)

Catherine:           Software and apps (FOC and low cost readily available software or programs (for individual use or a small group); mobile apps )

Alex:                      Hardware (current and upcoming hardware (e.g. 3D printers, 3D/QR barcode, iPhone X); translation of industry hardware to LKS settings (e.g. manufacturing, engineering))

Stephen:              e-Platform and delivery methods (e-learning platform (to share knowledge) e.g. using Google Docs for lecture taking; digital social space/media;             digital methods of delivery (e.g. for knowledge mobilisation))

For those who are familiar with the TLDR (too long didn’t read):

Fad = fashion, trend = useful goodness.  Look out AI assistance, VR stuff and cheap VR headsets.  Ignore curved TVs.  I will leave you with one final thought:

are e-books a fad or a trend?

Happy Christmas 🙂

David Low
Emerging Technology Group