Analysis of the Staff Library Services shows a growing interest in evidenced based health information.
Whilst collating the Annual Report, some interesting data confirmed our impressions that the Library had been busier than ever! In fact we (the Staff Library) processed a total of 746 requests for journal articles and books in the 12 months, an average of 63 per month. Of these only 79 were not able to be satisfied either by us or our wide network of suppliers. “This is almost double the volume of requests placed in the previous 12 months”, said Angela.
Books lent: 8,105 items of stock were circulated to borrowers from both Trust staff and our North West regional network. This is an increase of 2,000 items over the previous 12 months.
New members: Library membership grew as 590 new members of staff and students were welcomed to the Staff Library over the last 12 months.
NHS Athens Use: 254 new Athens accounts were registered during the 12 months, bringing the total to 589 accounts. The increase came largely from community staff who signed up in order to access the electronic books. Monthly usage reports indicate a steady average of around 560 hits of Athens resources per month. This has increased from an average of just 330 previously and reflects not only increased awareness but the interest and relevance our increased collection has to our membership.
Training: Following poor uptake of regular scheduled training sessions while at the same time seeing an increase in demand for ad hoc or customized group sessions, we replaced our advertised sessions with a flexible program. This meant we were able to run 125 sessions in total and were able to deliver these to staff at a time and place that suited them. This has proved to be more satisfactory for both library staff and users.