Thursday, March 12, 2020

Alert RCSI Library Closure in Response to COVID-19

Alert RCSI Library Closure in Response to COVID-19

RCSI Library locations at 26 York St, Beaumont Hospital and RCSI Heritage Collections in Mercer Building will be closed from 6pm Thursday 12th March 2020 - Monday 29th March 2020



This LibGuide has been created to help facilitate RCSI Students and Staff during the closure.  



Friday, March 6, 2020

Library Life Blog: Monday 9th March 2020 - Sunday 15th March 2020

Library Life is our weekly blog to let you know what will be going on around the library next week to help you plan your days and be aware of what is on.

If you have any suggestions of things you would like us to add to the blog for 2020 please get in touch: library@rcsi.ie

Extended Hours starting Monday 2nd March



#FairSpaceForAll - Bookmarks available in 26 York St Library Spaces


See our full explainer blog post on #FSFA here.

How do they work? 
Grab a bookmark when you come into the library or when you find your seat. When you want to leave your seat, fill in the date and the time you leave, and be back with 45 minutes!


If you are leaving your seat for more than 45 minutes, take your belongings with you or they might get packed up and moved to the concourse area on that floor - i.e. opposite the main lifts.


When can items be moved? Items can be moved when you have not followed the policy of noting the date and time you have left your desk, or if you are gone longer than 45 minutes, or if you put the wrong time on your bookmark, or if you don't use a bookmark at all.


When are items cleared from desks? This can happen at any time, in any area of the library to any desk not adhering to the policy. Sometimes only one desk might be cleared, sometimes all desks might be cleared so the best advice is to adhere to the policy!


Ask at the Library Information Point in 26 York Street for more information.

All Library Policies can be found on the Library Website www.rcsi.ie/librarypolicies

Additional Study Spaces this week *

*updated 10th March 2020



  

Library BiteSize Sessions: Skills Sessions to get the most from your library*

*updated 03/03/2020





Keep an eye out here on our blog or on our Moodle page for updates.

Library Space Bookings

*Check local signage for updates. Blog will be updated too. All information correct for time of publication.


Computer Room Bookings


 Monday
 Tuesday
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
Saturday 
Sunday 


10:00-13:00
Moodle Training
11.00-15.00
NQAIS




Expo Stage Bookings


 Monday
 Tuesday
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
Saturday 
Sunday 
09:00-17:00
PIBS 

09:00-17:00
CIMSA
09:00-17:00
AMSA
09:00-17:00
Sea Society


Tours in 26 York Street this week:

  • Wednesday 4th March 11am-2pm: Weekly Porters tour (all floors)

In 26 York Street this week:

  • Monday 9th - Friday 13th: Cultural Diversity Month (Student Societies)

Do you have other news you would like us to highlight to Library users?

Any comments or thoughts on how we can make this weekly blog post more useful? Email library@rcsi.com.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Coronavirus – Information Resources

*Update 09/03/2020
RCSI Library will no longer update this blog post. For a more up to date version of this information please go to our dedicated LibGuides page libguides.rcsi.ie/COVID19


RCSI Library has collated a selection of resources on the coronavirus including medical databases, government and national healthcare websites, and resources made available by publishers to facilitate international research.


Tips for searching the literature


It is recommended that you search key medical databases to find journal article references, and then access the full text of these articles via our e-journal portal and document supply service.  

Medline/PubMed - medicine
Embase – medicine and pharmacology
Scopus – medicine and science
Cochrane – systematic reviews 
Web of Science – interdisciplinary

A list of RCSI Library resources can be found on our A-Z LibGuides Page

Search strategy 


  • Search for your keywords in all fields - sample keyword search using “inverted commas” for exact phrases:
    coronavirus OR “COVID-19” OR “2019 novel coronavirus disease” OR “2019-nCoV” OR coronavirinae OR “2019 novel coronavirus”
  • Search for Subject Headings to ensure your search is comprehensive.  Subject Headings are provided in some databases: MeSH in PubMed; Emtree in Embase.
  • Combine searches of similar meaning with OR, then combine different topics with AND.  
  • Use Filters if appropriate: do not filter to Human if you think recent animal research may be useful.  Do not limit your results to full text in any database as this will exclude relevant articles from your results set.  Recent articles in press may only provide an abstract if full text is not yet available.
  • Sort your results by most recent.

Searching PubMed


When you do a keyword [All Field] search in PubMed, the results automatically include a subject heading [MeSH] search.   Click on Advanced Search – Details to view the search strategy.  Sort Results by most recent.








Searching Embase


Open Embase from the library A-Z LibGuides page.  In the Advanced Search tick the Mapping options to include Emtree and free text searches.

Embase Disease Term: Coronavirus infection

Embase Emtree Subject Terms: 'coronaviridae'/exp OR 'coronavirinae'/exp

















Searching Scopus


Open Scopus from the A-Z LibGuides page and click on the Advanced tab.  Copy and paste the following search string and click on Search:

TITLE-ABS-KEY(coronavirus OR "Middle East respiratory syndrome" OR "Severe acute respiratory syndrome" OR "Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus" OR "Feline infectious peritonitis virus" OR "Murine hepatitis virus" OR "Avian infectious bronchitis virus") AND RECENT(60)


Searching Cochrane


Search for coronavirus in the Title Abstract Keyword fields and click on the Clinical Trials tab to view registered trials if there are no relevant systematic reviews published yet.



Clinical Summaries 


DynaMed topic
https://www.dynamed.com/condition/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

UpToDate alert
https://www.uptodate.com/contents/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

BMJ Best Practice 

https://bestpractice.bmj.com/topics/en-gb/3000168#important-update


Guidance for healthcare professionals and the public


Department of Health, Ireland – information for the public
https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/

Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Ireland
https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/

HSE guidance for the public
https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

Department of Health, England - information for the public
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Department of Health, England – guidance for healthcare professionals
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/wuhan-novel-coronavirus

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en

World Health Organisation
https://www.who.int/publications-detail/global-surveillance-for-human-infection-with-novel-coronavirus-(2019-ncov)

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/   

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health
https://www.nih.gov/   

U.S. National Library of Medicine - For a pre-set search see the Additional NLM Resources link to Journal Article Citations (PubMed)
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/  

U.S. Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering: interactive map of reported cases
https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6



Publishers providing access for researchers 

Wellcome and Nature are among organisations to call for Coronavirus content to be shared openly. A number of publishers including those listed below have made content available:

Wellcome
https://wellcome.ac.uk/press-release/sharing-research-data-and-findings-relevant-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Nature
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00307-x

STM
https://www.stm-assoc.org/about-the-industry/coronavirus-2019-ncov/

The New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.nejm.org/coronavirus

Elsevier
https://www.elsevier.com/connect/coronavirus-information-center

The Lancet
https://www.thelancet.com/coronavirus

Wiley Online Library
https://novel-coronavirus.onlinelibrary.wiley.com 

Taylor and Francis Group
https://newsroom.taylorandfrancisgroup.com/coronavirus-reading-list/

JAMA Network
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/pages/coronavirus-alert


Friday, February 28, 2020

Library Life Blog: Monday 2nd March 2020 - Sunday 8th March 2020

Library Life is our weekly blog to let you know what will be going on around the library next week to help you plan your days and be aware of what is on.

If you have any suggestions of things you would like us to add to the blog for 2020 please get in touch: library@rcsi.ie

Extended Hours starting Monday 2nd March



#FairSpaceForAll - Bookmarks available in 26 York St Library Spaces


See our full explainer blog post on #FSFA here.

How do they work? 
Grab a bookmark when you come into the library or when you find your seat. When you want to leave your seat, fill in the date and the time you leave, and be back with 45 minutes!


If you are leaving your seat for more than 45 minutes, take your belongings with you or they might get packed up and moved to the concourse area on that floor - i.e. opposite the main lifts.


When can items be moved? Items can be moved when you have not followed the policy of noting the date and time you have left your desk, or if you are gone longer than 45 minutes, or if you put the wrong time on your bookmark, or if you don't use a bookmark at all.


When are items cleared from desks? This can happen at any time, in any area of the library to any desk not adhering to the policy. Sometimes only one desk might be cleared, sometimes all desks might be cleared so the best advice is to adhere to the policy!


Ask at the Library Information Point in 26 York Street for more information.

All Library Policies can be found on the Library Website www.rcsi.ie/librarypolicies

Additional Study Spaces this week  



    

Library BiteSize Sessions: Skills Sessions to get the most from your library*

*updated 03/03/2020



Keep an eye out here on our blog or on our Moodle page for updates.

Library Space Bookings

*Check local signage for updates. Blog will be updated too. All information correct for time of publication.


Computer Room Bookings


 Monday
 Tuesday
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
Saturday 
Sunday 
09:00-17:00
Surgical Affairs CPD

10:00-13:00
Moodle Training

11:00-15:00
NQAIS
09:00-17:00
R Scally 




Expo Stage Bookings


 Monday
 Tuesday
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
Saturday 
Sunday 
09:00-17:00
QEO Promotion

09:00-17:00
CAS Event
09:30-17:00
Irish Society 
09:00-17:00
MESA
09:00-17:00
QEO Promotion

Tours in 26 York Street this week:

  • Wednesday 4th March 11am-2pm: Weekly Porters tour (all floors)

In 26 York Street this week:

  • Monday 2nd - Friday 6th: Cultural Diversity Month (Student Societies)

Do you have other news you would like us to highlight to Library users?

Any comments or thoughts on how we can make this weekly blog post more useful? Email library@rcsi.com.

Friday, February 21, 2020

#FairSpaceForAll - RCSI Library Seat Reservation Policy

Following a successful pilot and positive feedback from students and staff of the #FairSpaceForAll initiative in April/May of 2019 to stop seat 'hogging' in the library, we launched the policy for the 2019/2020 academic year on Tuesday 1st October 2019. 

During the pilot we saw a reduction in seats being 'hogged' throughout library spaces resulting in an increase in available seats for students looking to study. A huge thank you to the UG and PG Students' Unions for co-designing the initiative with us and we look forward to this availability continuing to ensure #FairSpaceForAll! 

Our statistics show that library spaces are becoming increasingly busy so you may have noticed the #FSFA boxes have reappeared on the library concourses this week. Library staff will begin clearing spaces week beginning Monday 24th February. We encourage you to use Blue Bookmarks when you leave your desk, and return within the allocated 45mins. 

If you have any thoughts our comments please get in touch with us via email: library@rcsi.ie






How does the #FairSpaceForAll Policy work? 

We have placed our #FairSpaceForAll bookmarks all over Library spaces in 26 York Street, Levels 1 and 2. Be sure to grab one when you come into any of the study areas. The bookmark is designed to be re-used so take it with you when you leave and bring it back the next time you are in the Library.

#FSFA Bookmark

How do they work? Grab a bookmark when you come into the library or when you find your seat. When you want to leave your seat, fill in the date and the time you leave, and be back with 45 minutes!
If you are leaving your seat for more than 45 minutes, take your belongings with you or they might get packed up and moved to the concourse area on that floor - i.e. opposite the main lifts.

When can items be moved? Items can be moved when you have not followed the policy of noting the date and time you have left your desk, or if you are gone longer than 45 minutes, or if you put the wrong time on your bookmark, or if you don't use a bookmark at all.

When are items cleared from desks? This can happen at any time, in any area of the library to any desk not adhering to the policy. Sometimes only one desk might be cleared, sometimes all desks might be cleared so the best advice is to adhere to the policy!

Ask at the Library Information Point in 26 York Street for more information.



What does ‘removing items’ mean?

At any point during the day, members of the Library team will be patrolling the Library spaces on Levels 1 and 2 and may remove items on seats which:

  • Do not have the #FairSpaceForAll bookmark on them with the time you left your desk
  • Seats where students have been away longer than 45 minutes, as indicated from the #FairSpaceForAll bookmark.  
  • Have a 'fake time' on the bookmark i.e. later than when you really left

All items left at a desk will be put in a plastic box. This includes devices being unplugged so if work is unsaved – it might be lost.

Any food items will be put in the box also along with bottled drinks. Coffee/Tea cups will be left on a table beside the collection area.



Where will the boxes with removed items be left?

Floor
Area Monitored
Boxes Left
Level 1
Reading Lounge
Boxes left on Level 1 concourse, opposite lifts

Computer Room
Boxes left on Level 1 concourse, opposite lifts

Atrium Seating
Boxes left on Level 1 concourse, opposite lifts
Level 2
Silent Study Zone
Boxes left on Level 2 concourse, opposite lifts

Collaborative Zone
Boxes left on Level 2 concourse, opposite lifts

Atrium Seating
Boxes left on Level 2 concourse, opposite lifts



What happens if I don’t collect my items on the day they are removed? 

Uncollected items in boxes at the end of the day will be removed by security into lost property for collection.

What happens if a 'fake' time is written on the #FairSpaceForAll bookmark?

Where students write a later time as their 'time left' on their bookmarks, items may be removed, as if there was no bookmark on the space at all.

Tell us what you think! As a pilot scheme this initiative was a great success in reducing the number of 'Hogged' seats in the library, freeing up seats for other students who needed to study. Starting the scheme again we really want to hear what students think. Please let us know your comments or if you have any questions, email library@rcsi.ie. 


Library Life Blog: Monday 24th February 2020 - Sunday 1st March 2020

Library Life is our weekly blog to let you know what will be going on around the library next week to help you plan your days and be aware of what is on.

If you have any suggestions of things you would like us to add to the blog for 2020 please get in touch: library@rcsi.ie


#FairSpaceForAll - Bookmarks available in 26 York St Library Spaces



See our full explainer blog post on #FSFA here.

How do they work? 
Grab a bookmark when you come into the library or when you find your seat. When you want to leave your seat, fill in the date and the time you leave, and be back with 45 minutes!


If you are leaving your seat for more than 45 minutes, take your belongings with you or they might get packed up and moved to the concourse area on that floor - i.e. opposite the main lifts.


When can items be moved? Items can be moved when you have not followed the policy of noting the date and time you have left your desk, or if you are gone longer than 45 minutes, or if you put the wrong time on your bookmark, or if you don't use a bookmark at all.


When are items cleared from desks? This can happen at any time, in any area of the library to any desk not adhering to the policy. Sometimes only one desk might be cleared, sometimes all desks might be cleared so the best advice is to adhere to the policy!


Ask at the Library Information Point in 26 York Street for more information.

All Library Policies can be found on the Library Website www.rcsi.ie/librarypolicies


Additional Study Spaces this week  

UPDATE for Wednesday 26th Feb: 321 only available from 5pm-10pm; 322-326 in use for Peer-Led Tutoring from 6pm-9pm - apologies for any inconvenience
    

Library BiteSize Sessions: Skills Sessions to get the most from your library




Keep an eye out here on our blog or on our Moodle page for updates.

Library Space Bookings

*Check local signage for updates. Blog will be updated too. All information correct for time of publication.


Computer Room Bookings

 Monday
 Tuesday
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
Saturday 
Sunday 
08:00-17:00
NOCA 

09:00-17:00
NOCA 
08:00-17:00
NOCA 
09:00-11:00
IT Testing

11.00-15.00

NQAIS - EC

15:00-17.00

IT Testing
09:00-12:00
IT USMLE Testing
08:30-18:00
USMLE Session


Expo Stage Bookings


 Monday
 Tuesday
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
Saturday 
Sunday 
12:00-16:00
Irish Hospice Foundation Raffle


12:30-14:30
Pharmacy Students IPSA Ticket Sale 
14:00-16:00
Foundation Year Team B Cold Coffee,  Raffle Ticket Event


Tours in 26 York Street this week:

  • Wednesday 26th February 11am-2pm: Weekly Porters tour (all floors)
  • Thursday 27th February 10.30am - 11.30am
  • Wednesday 27th February 3pm - 4pm
  • Friday 28th February 2.15pm - 4pm

In 26 York Street this week:

  • Monday 24th - Wednesday 26th: Transition Year MiniMed Programme

Do you have other news you would like us to highlight to Library users?

Any comments or thoughts on how we can make this weekly blog post more useful? Email library@rcsi.com.