Library and Information Week 2015 – a review

Last week was Library and Information Week (LIW) for 2015. My workplace prepared a series of events to celebrate. We hosted training sessions or webinars from several vendors who updated us on their products. On Thursday morning we hosted a morning tea in the library as part of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, which raised over $100 for the Cancer Council. Clients also came along to the training sessions that we ran – one on EndNote, and another that I led looking at measuring and improving research impact.

During LIW, we also took the opportunity to visit the other hospital we serve, where the staff only have virtual access to library services. We planned a day of training sessions covering accessing resources, searching, EndNote, and my research impact presentation, as well as having drop-in sessions where we’d answer any library-related questions that the staff had. Despite having a limited period in which to promote the day, we were happy with the attendance that we got. We will try and visit more regularly from now on, now that we have a full complement of staff in the library.

Another LIW event we were involved in was National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS). Although we didn’t a storytime ourselves, we contacted the Starlight Room and the hospital school to see if they would be interested in participating, and they both did. Unfortunately the date for NSS was the same day I was visiting the other hospital, so I didn’t get to see how it went, but by all accounts it was a success.

Overall I think it was a successful LIW this year, and we’ll be planning events for next year.

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I'm a health librarian in Sydney, Australia, who also happens to be a geocacher.

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