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Health Improvement Library gets innovation award

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 (LQAF) England.

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 system recommendations.

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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