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  1. Making friends with researchers @ Oxford Nia Wyn Roberts Outreach Librarian University of Oxford Health Care Libraries

  2. Introduction • Outreach librarians @ HCL • Development of outreach service for academic researchers in public health and primary care • Challenges / benefits

  3. Outreach librarians @ HCL • Mid 1990s – 2005: clinical / outreach librarian projects • 2006/2007: refocusing of library services towards outreach • 2009: • 7 librarians with outreach as part of their role • Each serving 3-4 clinical areas

  4. Outreach librarian @ Old Road Campus • Equal mix of clinical and academic departments: • Clinical: • Cancer, laboratory medicine & radiology • Academic: • Public health, primary care, cancer research & molecular medicine

  5. Public health and primary care:Building on strong foundations • History of close working relationships • Library based at the centre of a research building • Moved from site librarian to outreach librarian

  6. Working with Public Health • Informal approach • Getting to know people • Building on existing relationships • Making the most of opportunities • MSc in Global Health • Unique selling points • Reference Management

  7. Current work with Public Health • Integrated into teaching for MSc in Global Health • Induction, EBM skills teaching, support for dissertations • Support for Systematic Reviews • 1-2-1 teaching, planning and searching for SRs and HTAs, reference management expertise • Current awareness • Updates for long-term clinical trials

  8. Working with Primary Care • Considered and planned approach • 3 month pilot project in 2005: • Awareness raising from departmental head • Attendance at groups meetings • Needs assessment in 2006 • Interviews with key researchers and group leads

  9. Result of needs assessment • Help with electronic resources: • Improve access • Training for new interfaces • Support for new researchers • Structured programme on searching skills and reference management • Support for systematic reviews • Advice and searching • Help with funding bids

  10. Current work with Primary Care • MSc in Evidence Based Health Care • Responsible for information skills content of modules • Information skills teaching & support • Support for new researchers • Contract staff, visiting academics, placement students… • Introduction to resources @ Oxford, searching skills & reference management

  11. Current work with Primary Care • MaDOX • Information specialist for the horizon scanning team • Contribute to rapid reviews and work planning • Support for systematic reviews • Diabetes and Vascular Disease Group • Support for clinical trial development • Contribute to systematic reviews

  12. Challenges • Takes time to build up relationships • Moving the library • Managing expectations • Accommodating different working styles • Balancing conflicting priorities

  13. Benefits • Ability to tailor services to needs of researchers • Following projects through to an end product • Interesting work and people • No chance of getting bored • Opportunities for professional development

  14. Any questions?