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Clinical librarian blog- a belated happy new year!

It’s 10 days in to the new year, and I’m just finding time to blog. So let me wish you a very happy new year, I hope the festive season treated you gently.

The new year has been off to a flying start here at William Harvey Library. So much to do as ever, and lots of it exciting. Foremost on my agenda has been preparing for an upcoming teaching session I will be running alongside my colleague Rayanne. We’ll be delivering to the junior doctors, the F1s next week on the subject of Evidence Based Medicine. I’ve delivered a few 1:1 sessions since I’ve been here, but this will be my first one with more than 1 attendee! Given that in my past life I used to teach to cohorts of students numbering in the hundreds, I’m a little apprehensive about this one. However, I have faith in preparation- anyone else know the 7 Ps? If not I’ll leave you to google it. Essentially- I like to be prepared.

In other news, my searches have been interesting over the past week, from nurse’s rotational schemes to learning disabilities in acute settings, to bowel obstructions and premature labour. Never a dull search moment. I have been thwarted by a search about skin tags and PCOS- to a librarian the feeling of a search throwing up nothing useful at all is like the feeling you get when a sneeze or a yawn goes back in…really frustrating! (Are you yawning now? I am, even typing yawn makes me….yaaaaawwwwn).

On a personal professional level I’m moving on with my chartership, I have at least made some progress- I have a lot of reflections to type up next, and I think I’ll feel better when I have those done and ready to be critiqued. I’m trying to set aside time each week to consolidate my learning, to keep up to date with the profession and work out what I need to do next to progress. Watch this space- I suspect it’ll be the first thing to go when I’m busy.

Thanks for reading, have a great week!

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