Day in the Life of a Clinical Librarian



HammerI am Hammer Bamhare one of the part-time clinical librarians at William Harvey Library, George Eliot Hospital. You will find me in the Trust on Tuesdays (9am to 3.30pm), Wednesdays (8.30 to 3m) and Fridays (9am to 3pm).  I can be contacted via email . You can follow the library on twitter @GEHLibrary.

There is no such day as a typical day, but when I come in early at 8.30am I open the Library, unlock the library seminar and training rooms. Check the book drop for books left overnight or in the morning and check them in. Check and read emails, reply those need replies or take the appropriate action. I look at the calendar for appointments for the day, meetings, and work to be done.  Log onto social media, scan BehindTheHeadlines and other websites for current Health news to post on twitter about topical health issues such as obesity, the Zika virus   … Trust News and national activities and campaigns such as the International Nurses day.

A main aspect of my work is to do literature searches to support evidence based practice. Staff and students can fill in literature search forms in the library or send an email with the request of the search they want done. I will search the healthcare databases and email them the relevant references from which they can obtain full-text articles from the Library’s e-resources or through interlibrary loans. As Clinical Librarian I also deliver information skills training to George Eliot Staff and students on placement ion Searching Healthcare databases, social media and critical appraisal which is now available on ELearning.

I support the Controlled Document Review GROUP (CDRG) by sending out reminders to those responsible for updating policies and procedures, and offer to help with evidence searches.

I attend the Paediatric Grand Round every Friday at 9.00am, I support the consultants by doing literature searches on healthcare databases such as Medline, EMBASE and Dynamed. I send the results to one consultant who will share with other colleagues. I love building relationships in the clinical environment, and even if I do not get searches what I learn during the Grand Round having a positive impact on my work.

I attend the Procurement Group (PEG) meetings where I sometimes get literature searches to provide evidence to support ways of cutting procurement costs within the Trust.  I am also attend The Clinical Audit and Effectiveness group meetings, the monthly library staff meetings, professional catch meetings, and patch meetings attended by librarians in Coventry and Warwickshire, Worcester, and Hereford.

Currently, am working on my chartership .