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Looking for clinical skills advice? Look no further than Clinicalskills.net!

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David Brown, Academic Liaison Librarian for Health Sciences, explores the new Library resource Clinicalskills.net.

Many students struggle to get to grips with the huge range of clinical procedures that they come across on placement. Clinicalskills.net, a new online resource from the Library, can help you with illustrated procedures and suggested reading for a range of topics, giving you an opportunity to reinforce your learning from practice.

What’s available?  The procedures on Clinicalskills.net cover a range of themes from Adult, Child and Primary Care with more areas (such as Midwifery) to be added over the coming months. You can browse for procedures based on theme, or search for a specific procedure.

What does each procedure include? Each procedure includes an introduction highlighting the rationale and key points to be aware of, before showing an illustrated, step-by-step outline of the procedure with additional narrative. After the procedure you will find a list of references,…

New look for YorSearch

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Julie Allinson discusses the upcoming changes to YorSearch and the reasons behind the redesign.
On Monday 8 February 2016 we’ll be applying a new design to YorSearch - the Library’s discovery interface for finding and accessing a wide range of our resources. This work forms part of a programme of work under our ‘Digital Discovery’ project. When we started the project, we initially ruled out a site redesign, wanting to identify the real problems rather than put a fresh coat of paint over old cracks.

We then spent some time gathering and analysing feedback, and working with users to identify solutions. Our approach is described by my colleague, Kirstyn, in an earlier post.

From this we identified a range of issues with the layout and design of the site which suggested some work on the site design was needed. Comments from users included:

“visual interface is just HORRIBLE”“the number of results visible per page could be increased”“Poor layout of search result box, clunky system.”“I find …

Library services for staff and students with disabilities

Jack Coppack outlines recent improvements to the services we offer to support Library users with disabilities.

When it comes to improving the accessibility of our services to staff and students with disabilities, we are aware that we can always be doing more. Already this year, we have upgraded a number of our services based on your feedback. Whilst we are constantly striving to meet expectations of accessibility, we wanted to share some of our successful (and ongoing) improvements.

Hearing Loops: All of our public contact points in the Library are now equipped with hearing loops. The system is able to wirelessly amplify conversations whilst reducing background noise for users with hearing aids.

Accessible Entry to Library: In addition to the disabled parking spaces available in the Library car park, we have also changed the process for entering via the accessible entrance at the rear of the Morrell. Now, staff and students who've registered their disability with us will be able to …

The Malthusian

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Another in a series of blog posts by Ilka Heale, highlighting the collections in the University Library.

The Library has recently added two journal titles to the catalogue whose volumes date from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

The Malthusian (1877-1922) was written and edited by The Malthusian League. This monthly journal contained articles on population growth, birth control, poverty and unemployment. The Malthusian League was a British organisation that promoted the cause of freely available birth control information as a means of tackling poverty by giving women the option of family planning. Founded in 1877 by George Drysdale, the League soon began to attract wide public support with similar leagues starting in France, Germany, and The Netherlands (the latter opening the world’s first family planning services in 1882).
In 1922, the journal changed its name to The New Generation (1922-1932) which continued to chronicle the League’s work.

Both the journal and the Le…