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STEP e-learning modules now available!

As you know, we’ve been developing a suite of literature searching modules for you to use as part of the information skills training you offer.

We are delighted to announce that the first three modules are now available from https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/literature-searching/

‘Building the Foundations’ includes three modules to enable users to assess their current level of skill in literature searching, find out more about the resources available to them and get started planning a search.

Module 1 Introduction to searching
Module 2 Where do I start searching?
Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?

Please feel free to place these links on your websites use the attached flier to promote the modules.

The next three modules on ‘Developing the Skills’ will be launched later this year and ‘Applying the Skills’ modules will be available in early 2018.

Attached are some FAQs about the modules which you may find helpful.

If you require further information, please contact the project leads:

Tracey Pratchett, Knowledge and Library Services Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk
Sarah Lewis, Library Services Manager, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust sarah.lewis@buckhealthcare.nhs.uk

STEP is stepping up a gear!

Work is progressing on the creation of the STEP e-learning modules. Our content lead, Michelle Maden has made significant strides in working out the detail of the module content and the blended learning team have really got stuck into creating the design.

So far we have

  • Agreed modules, titles and learning objectives
  • Drafted the content of 3 of the 7 modules
  • Planned the basic design of the modules in terms of menus, screen layout and colours
  • Started work on a piece of animation to explain AND/OR
  • Published a piece in the Health Libraries Group Newsletter

We have also decided on the collective name for the modules- How to search the literature effectively: a step by step guide for success. The feedback we received suggested making the title active ie how to.... as well as having positive connotations ie success. The step by step reflects our original project name STEP.

At all stages, we have tried wherever possible to obtain input from our ever helpful Virtual Reference Group, project team clinician and the steering group.

The modules are really starting to take shape now and we are hoping to release the first module for testing early on in the New Year so watch this space….!

Sarah Lewis
Clinical Outreach Librarian
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Tracey Pratchett
Knowledge and Library Services Manager
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

It’s “Yammer-Time”! Consultation and engagement in a virtual community By Tracey Pratchett and Sarah Lewis

So, you’ve probably heard about our project to deliver information literacy via e-learning modules. Well, in this post, we want to tell you a bit more about our approach to consultation and engagement. The Virtual Reference Group (VRG) was set up early in the project to provide feedback on module design and development. It has been an essential part of the development process with library staff providing advice, guidance and support throughout the project. Currently there are in the region of 40 library staff from different sectors signed up to the VRG covering the following:

  • NHS England
  • NHS Scotland
  • NHS Wales
  • NICE
  • Higher Education
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • An independent hospice
  • Public Health

We have used Yammer as the main method of communication as it is accessible in most trusts. One or two group members have had some issues when Yammer was blocked, but largely these barriers seem to have been overcome. As a tool, it takes a bit of getting used to, but generally it has worked well across organisational boundaries.

There has been a good level of engagement on Yammer, with colleagues advising on a range of topics, from contributing to the module learning objectives via a shared spreadsheet to discussing the potential design and layout of the modules. Generally, feedback so far about the level of communication from the project leads has been positive and we hope to be able to continue the dialogue throughout the project.

For Sarah and I, the VRG has played an essential role, not only in informing the design and development process, but engaging our key stakeholders along the way. By creating this network of library staff, we hope to have 40 advocates who will champion the resources with their users when the modules are launched.

This group has been invaluable to us on a personal level too, providing us with the opportunity to connect with library staff from other parts of the country and different sectors. This has been a really positive experience, expanding our personal networks and enabling us to work with other people in this way.

Finally, we would like to thank all of our wonderful VRG members for their honest and valuable contributions, which have really influenced the development process.

The Service Transformation E-Learning Project (STEP) aims to deliver its information literacy modules in April 2017.

Sarah Lewis
Clinical Outreach Librarian
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Tracey Pratchett
Knowledge and Library Services Manager
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust