Monday, 21 June 2010

12th EAHIL conference, Lisbon

Professor Sheila Corrall, Barbara Sen and PhD student Liz Brewster all attended the 12th European Conference of Medical and Health Libraries in Estoril, near Lisbon in Portugal.

Barbara gave a Continuing Education Course on using group reflection to evaluate projects, which was very well received and enjoyed by participants.

Liz gave her first plenary, entitled "'Read this, it's good for you!': using qualitative methodologies to explore user needs and strategic aims". Feedback from the audience was highly positive, with one person commenting that it was the clearest explanation and rationale for using qualitative methods that he had heard. Liz was able to attend the conference thanks to the generosity of EAHIL and CILIP's Health Libraries Group Career Development group.

Sheila also gave a plenary, providing a framework for development based on positioning the health librarian as a blended professional. This was also well received by the audience, who both enjoyed and benefited from Sheila's considerable expertise in discussing the skills needed for hybrid librarians as third space professionals.

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