Friday, 7 August 2020

Things in the library 7th August...

Things going missing... 

I will be away for the next two weeks so there will be no blog.  Do let us know if you enjoy reading it or if you have any comments on things you would like it to cover. We have over 300 people in the trust who receive it every week, if you have colleagues who would like to receive it please ask them to register with the library and then they can opt in to a notification whenever it is published.



Things about Covid-19... 

Tens of thousands of people who are suffering long-term effects of coronavirus will benefit from an on-demand recovery service. The new ‘Your COVID Recovery’ service forms part of NHS plans to expand access to COVID-19 rehabilitation treatments for those who have survived the virus but still have problems with breathing, mental health problems or other complications. Nurses and physiotherapists will be on hand to reply to patients’ needs either online or over the phone as part of the service.


Things about early years... 

Nesta has published a blog and report discussing the role parents play in influencing early years development. The blog highlights Nesta’s work with family support organisations over the past five years that harness the power of parents and their communities to support families, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.



Things about flu... 

Information and promotional resources to support the annual flu vaccination programme for children are available in a variety of languages.



Things about pain... 

A study in Acta Paediatrica aimed to look at the experience of pain in 10-12-year-old children. Their interviews with children led them to conclude that children made distinctions between physical pain and emotional pain. Bullying, noisy school environments, grief and remorse were reported to be linked with headaches, stomachache, and heartache.



Things that are happy accidents... 

From the colour purple to play-doh via velcro there is a long history of accidental inventions that have changed the way we live -  here is a nice selection of them.




Things to read... 

The next online meeting of Reading Group will be on Wednesday, 2 September at 18:15 the book we will be talking about is 'When I had a little sister' Cathy Simpson's memoir recants details of her sister's life and mental illness. Tricia, the youngest of three sisters born to a farming family in Lancashire, suffered from mental health problems for over 30 years. Simpson examines their shared childhood growing up in a "family who never spoke" and the implications of this on her sister's and her own depression. We follow Tricia's ups and downs, and learn of the frustrations and complications of caring for a mentally ill relative in the UK. Feel free to join us - ask the library for the link.


Things to eat...  

One of our favourite salads that we regularly make is Delia's Pesto Rice salad. it is great for a buffet or just for one person (adjusting quantities of course or you will be eating every day!). Its really easy to make - we use bought pesto rather than making our own... #hangsheadinshame.







Friday, 31 July 2020

Things in the library 31 July...

Things in the library...
We now have more computers available in the library though we look a little different. We have installed screens between computers so social distancing will be easier. we still require you to wear your masks in the library unless eating/drinking please.


Things about SIDS...
The Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP) has released a podcast in which Dr Peter Sidebotham talks about his work on the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel and discusses their latest research on safeguarding children at risk from sudden unexpected infant death.

Things about taste...
A Danish study on the preference of eating vegetables in adolecence was published this week in Acta Paediatrica. They concluded that  adolescents preferred unhealthy food items, but they also reported more frequent consumption of healthy than unhealthy food items. A higher threshold for the bitter taste, that is, being less sensitive to bitter taste, was associated with higher liking and familiarity of vegetables.



Things to attend... 
Reading group this week where we are chatting about Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. If you would like to join in our virtual meet at 18:15 till 19:15 on Wednesday 5th August please email the library for the joining link.







Things to for your holiday...
Whether you are going away or having a holiday in the garden don't forget we have a large selection of Leisure Reading you can borrow from literary classics to beach romances, with biographies and non-fiction choices too. We are currently open 8:30 to 17:00 but can also send items to you via the internal post if you are working on another site. You can also reserve items via our catalogue if you login with your library number and PIN (ask us if you have forgotten these) and we will have them ready waiting for you at the counter so you can quickly pop in and collect them. All books are quarantined before being re-shelved.

Things about obesity... 
There has been much talk this week about the goverment's intention to provide extra resources to combat obesity in UK. There are resources to help with this on the NHS Better Health website




Things about NHS people... 
The NHS People Plan for 2020/21 was published yesterday We are the NHS. In their introduction they say:
Action from the Interim People Plan was already being taken to increase the support and recognition for our people. Then the start of COVID-19 changed everything. Colleagues and loved ones were lost, and our people gave more of themselves than ever before. The public responded with appreciation and warmth. The clapping has now stopped, but our people must remain at the heart of our NHS, and the nation, as we rebuild. This document sets out what the people of the NHS can expect – from their leaders and from each other – for the rest of 2020 and into 2021
It contains specific commitments around  
  • Looking after our people – with quality health and wellbeing support for everyone
  • Belonging in the NHS – with a particular focus on tackling the discrimination that some staff face
  • New ways of working and delivering care – making effective use of the full range of our people’s skills and experience
  • Growing for the future – how we recruit and keep our people, and welcome back colleagues who want to return
You can read the full report here and the initial response from RCPCH  and the RCN .

Things to eat...
This fabulous green salad is perfect for the summer weather which seems to have returned today, chopped green salad with herby chilli dressing.








Things nothing to do with the library... 
I became a Granny a week ago today and got my first cuddle yesterday! After much scrubbing, wearing of clean clothes, washing of hands and mask wearing - me not baby Alice!
 






Friday, 24 July 2020

Things in the library 24th July...

Things not in the library...
I have been on holiday most of this week so a short blog today.

Things digital... 
This article in Archives of Disease in Childhood Lessons learnt transitioning to a digital conference during the COVID-19 pandemic gives some useful ideas and tips for organising an online conference.





Things to do with diaries... 
Apparently keeping diaries is quite an English obsession and this chap with an amazing beard and name has launched an initiative to keep and preserve them. Finkel talks about his extraordinary discoveries of some of the most personal, intimate and detailed historical objects. Focusing on the diaries of 'real people' - as opposed to the published memoirs of politicians and other people of public interest - he discusses how we can learn about the past by allowing the voices of the past to speak to us through the ages. Be prepared for a passionate appeal to preserve diaries for future readers and learn how you can contribute to our understanding of the past. So if you write a diary or have inherited some from other people you might be interested in this.

Things to read...  
Diaries are always fascinating and  a book I have always enjoyed is Nella Last's War  written as part of the Mass Observation scheme during World War II. Also made into a TV film by Victoria Wood in 2006 as Housewife, 49.








Things shared... 
Shared decision making (SDM) is an approach whereby physicians and patients share in the decision-making process in a 2-way (or sometimes 3- or 4-way) conversation incorporating best available evidence and patient preference. In this article in the J Allergy Clin Immunol Practice  The Challenges and Opportunities for Shared
Decision Making Highlighted by COVID-19 The authors say that the pandemic provides a unique opportunity to reexamine how we provide
care.

Things to eat... 
Apparently it is cheescake day in America next week, not a particular a favourite with me but my husband made this Strawberry cheescake very successfully for a party (remember those) last August.

Friday, 17 July 2020

Things in the library 17 July...

Things written by you... 
Our online SCH Repository continues to grow and now includes most publications from SCH staff from 2018 onwards (over 450). In our library catalogue you can see the details of all of these by searching for “sch repository”. They are identifiable by the image on the right. If you have signed up to receive a monthly email with new items added to the library (when you joined the library) then you will be notified of any of these articles which match your subject interests.
The catalogue records link to the PubMed abstract – if you then require the full text of an article and cannot obtain it elsewhere  we can supply this in the normal way via our request form (charges apply).
We only list co-authors who have given SCH as their institutional affiliation, if they have stated their department we can report on this for SCH departments but many have only given the trust name.
We hope this will not only showcase the research being published by SCH colleagues but also share awareness of what is being done in different specialities across the trust.
If any of your SCH affiliated publications are missing or are in error please email the library for them to be checked (post 2018 only).

Things to donate and record... 
Museums Sheffield have been thinking about what objects represent our lives at the moment, and what should be collected to tell the story of what we’re currently going through to future generations. COVID-19 has seen our day-to-day life change massively – we all have a lot in common right now, but they are also mindful that people people’s personal circumstances mean that a lot of us are having very different experiences.
They want to do their best to represent this unprecedented moment in our lives, but  need your help. What do you think should be kept as a memory of Sheffield and its people at this time? In particular, if you have a suggestion of something you’d be happy to donate to the city’s collections that represents your experience during lockdown they would love to hear from you.
Sheffield Libraries and Archives are also running a fantastic project to document the experiences of people in Sheffield during lockdown - you can find out more about that and how you can get involved here 

Things to make your life easier... 
We often advertise that we can provide one-to-one training in Mendely - reference managing software. Perhpas you have seen this and not realised what a benefit this could be to you, your colleagues or even useful information to pass on to your student family members. Mendeley (and other similar software) does two things. It allows you to keep an record of all the references you have acquired for a topic in a very easy to use way. You can organise these in folders or with subject tags or keep them in a jumbled heap (not recommended) depending on your preference (guess what "us librarians" prefer!). You can make notes on an article and if the pdf is available to you highlight sections which you want to refer to in your writing.
The other side of the software is where the magic happens and as you are writing your Word document you can automatically insert your references where needed and create your bibliography at the click of a button. You can change the citation style just by selecting from a drop-down list and if you need to move batches of text around in your document the references will automatically re-number themselves. It is a real time-saver and will help you organise your work if you are doing any writing for publication or education. If you wish to book an individual or small group session please use our Book a Librarian service.

Things to return... 
Although we have extended everyone's libnrary book due dates until Sept, if you have books that you are ready to return please do so either by handing in at the library counter or placing in the returns box outside the library. This is particularly important if you are moving on to another trust in August. All returned books are now quarantined for 72 hours before being available for loan to another reader so you may see  this indicated on the library catalogue. 

Things to eat... 
I made this Chorizo, orzo & sweetcorn summer stew yesterday - very simple and tasty





Friday, 10 July 2020

Things in the library 10 July...

Things to do please... 
If you are coming into the library please abide by our protocols...I keep having to remind people to wear their masks. 😕
  • Wear your mask - only remove to eat and drink
  • Gel your hands on entry
  • Take a wipe to clean workspace before you start work - mouse keypad etc
  • Maintain 2m social distance
  • Gel hands on exit

Things about civilisation...
Anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed. Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal. So a broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts. We are at our best when we serve others.

Things about attachment... 
Research in Practice has published a paper and accompanying short film in which NSPCC practitioners talk about the use of strengths-based video-feedback techniques to build parent-child attunement. Appropriately trained professionals can help parents develop their attunement to their baby by showing clips that capture moments of positive interaction and supporting them to build on these moments.

Things about infographics...


Knowledge gaps exist regarding how to best educate audiences about concussion. Knowledge translation (KT) plays a critical role in how information is shared. In the field of concussion, infographics are becoming a popular KT strategy for synthesising and sharing information. Study objectives recently published in Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine were to explore how infographics enhance concussion knowledge, infographic use and preferences across various stakeholders, and to determine their utility as a KT strategy. Six infographics were created to provide concussion information in a user-friendly and accessible format. Enhancement opportunities included incorporating graphics that appeal to different audiences and sharing the lived experiences of individuals who have a concussion. This study demonstrates the potential impact of infographics as a KT strategy that meets the knowledge needs of many audience.

Things about autism...
A study in JAMA Pediatrics asks  'Are screen media exposure and social and demographic factors associated with the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or ASD–like symptoms on the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers at 2 years of age?' Their conclusion was:
"This cohort study found greater screen exposure and less caregiver-child play early in life to be associated with later ASD-like symptoms. Further research is needed to evaluate experiential factors for potential risk or protective effects in ASD."
Book your librarian...
Don't forget that we can still provide one-to-one training remotely. Please access the booking form here.

Things to eat... 
We have been enjoying apricots recently...if you want to make something a bit more special this Apricot frangipane tart looks lovely.








Friday, 3 July 2020

Things in the library 3 July...

Things about productivity... 
An interesting radio program this week on Britain's problem with productivity with help from Professor Nick Bloom who says he has a solution for office based workers and the evidence to prove it.  In an experiment with workers working from home he found that they were 13% more effective, and when he excluded the participants who didn't like working at home the increase in productivity of the group was 20%. The ability to concentrate with fewer interuptions was the main reason but with downsides of isolation and lonliness being also mentioned. Certainly more people will be working from home in the future and this programe had some interesting aspects to the topic I hadn't considered before.Time in the work environment  was also important on a regular basis as was the importance of chance meetings with colleagues...which brings me to...

Things random...  

Our first Virtual Randomised Coffee Trial took place in June and those who took part have given some excellent feedback.
  • Really enjoyed meeting a new colleague and finding out how we might support their team. 
  • It worked well and virtual meetings could be useful for people meeting across sites
  • I enjoyed it and found it very interesting to chat to people that you wouldn't normally get to meet with.
  • It was a lovely experience and we have already connected in order to keep in touch
100% of the people who took part learnt something new, 91% said it widened their professional newtowk and 58% met via Microsoft teams.  Now that we are all much more used to meeting up virtually I think this would be a good option (in addition to meeting face-to-face) going forward, as in the past some colleagues have been unable to meet due to differences in working patterns and workplace...next RCT will probably be in October.  
 
Things to read... 
Our next Reading Group book is The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and our virtal meeting will be Wed 5th August at 18:15 to 19:15. If you would like to join either the mailing list or the next online meeting please contact the library.
Theodore Decker was 13 years old when his mother was killed in a bombing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The tragedy changes the course of his life, sending him on a stirring odyssey of grief and guilt, reinvention and redemption, and even love. Through it all, he holds on to one tangible piece of hope from that terrible day -- a painting of a tiny bird chained to its perch.


Things to eat... 
I never know whether to suggest hot warming food or refreshing cooling salads at the moment, so I will go with a warm goats' cheese salad today!

Friday, 26 June 2020

Things in the library 26 June...

Things for parents... 
The Department for Education (DfE) has published information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams. the guidance can be found here

Things to join in... 
Next Wednesday our virtual reading group will be meeting from 18:15 to 19:15 and the book being discussed is 'Before the coffee gets cold' by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. Translated from Japanese this book is  a fable about regret and reclaiming lost opportunities. What would you change if you could go back in time? In a small back alley in Tokyo, there is a cafe which has been serving carefully brewed coffee for more than one hundred years.

If you would like to take part please contact the library for the joining link.




Things coming to an end... 
We hope those of you who have been joining in the most recent Randomised Coffee Trial (Virtual) in June have had chance to meet-up. I will be sending out a feedback form next week so please let us know how it went and if you would like more virtual RCTs organising. 


Things to know if you are using the library...

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Things out and about... 
Many of you in Sheffield may sometimes come across footpath signs saying 'Round Walk' - this doesn't actually walk all around Sheffield but is a 14 mile walk through the parks, woodland and countryside of south west Sheffield. It starts in Endcliffe Park at Hunters Bar goes through Whiteley Woods up into Mayfield and Porter Valley, emerging at Ringinglow before descending again into Whirlow and Ecclesall Woods.  There is an ascent into Ladies Spring Wood, through Beauchief and Chancet Wood then into Graves Park and down through Gleadless Valley, returning to Hunters Bar via Meersbrook Park and Brincliffe Edge Woods. More information on this and other Sheffield walks, including a civil engineering one around the city centre, can be accessed here.

Things to book... 
Please remember that by using our Book a Librarian service you can have one-to-one help and our undivided attention...well unless the cat walks across the keyboard. We can do training, give general library help and advice, discuss a literature search and much more. Please use the form on our website accessed by the Book a Librarian button or follow this link.

Things to make... 
A lovely Chicken & chorizo ragu which you could have with pasta, bread, rice or jacket potatoes.  I find it is extra special made with the real sundried tomatoes rather than the ones in oil (though that is good too), you can make a batch and freeze it.