The County Durham and Darlington Health Improvement Library has
been named runner-up in the Sally Hernando Award for Product
Innovation in NHS Library and Knowledge Services 2010-11.
The innovation enables the library's HPAC library management
system to generate a direct link between local library resources
and critically appraised evidence provided by the National Library
for Public Health. The National Library for Public Health is one of
the NHS Evidence specialist libraries. The innovation was assessed
by a panel of Strategic Health Authority library leads against the
national standards in the NHS Library Quality Assurance Framework
The automated evidence linking is one of several innovations
developed for library users that are made possible through the use
of web 2.0 technologies. Other features include individualised
subject-specific alerts, user reviews of resources and automated
Gordon Watson, Knowledge Manager for the Health Improvement
Service said: "Health Improvement library resources have gained
added value by being automatically linked to related evidence, user
reviews and system recommendations. This creates a very rich
resource for our users."
The interoperability project was presented at the FUSE Public
Health Conference in Durham and has been presented at the European
Association of Health and Information Libraries Conference and the
Evidence-based Library and Information Practice Conference.
The HPAC library management system is developed by the Health
Improvement Library in partnership with Durham County Council and
is in use by 16 Health Improvement and Public Health libraries in
England and Scotland.
Published: 21 April 2011
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