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Library Knowledge Services (North)

Virtually over …

We may be going back to work in the new normal.  A very, very clean and socially distanced workplace.  As eMails go out on the lists about the process of reintegrating into our physical libraries what will we remember about the time when the virtual library was the new normal?…

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When is a Systematic Review not a Systematic Review? OR How can a library service with a minimal level of staff support systematic reviews?

My Trust, that covers acute and community services in Northern Lincolnshire and part of East Yorkshire, serves a population of 350,000 and employs approximately 6,500 staff. Trust Library Services consists of two staffed site libraries and one small library resource room that is not staffed. Professionally qualified staff in my service consist of two full time staff, supported by 2.44 whole time equivalent para professionals.…

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Do something … !

Another blog Matt? Well I am following my own advice that you are at work when you are thinking about work even if you are in the garden. Also the possibly contradictory advice, presentism in front of the laptop is pretty pointless if you are working from home. When the job is done do something else. So in the garden, punctuated by quixotic charges across the lawn with my hoe to chase off the rabbits I have been thinking about how to respond to COVID19 in particular about guides to resources.…

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Dear All…closed until further notice…

On 16th March the first emails started to arrive from our library colleagues around the region telling us that due to the spread of Corona Virus cases in the UK their services would be closed until further notice. That was just three weeks ago, but it feels like a lifetime. At that point the UK had 41 reported Covid-19 deaths, as we write this on 7th April; we have now lost 6,159 NHS patients to this virus.…

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A Day in the Life of a Home-Worker

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most of us are working differently to the way we usually would. At Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH), both of our library sites have closed and we are providing virtual library services from home. Working from home is both a challenge and an opportunity, so here’s my personal experience of surviving it through a typical daily routine!…

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