I’ve just had a stimulating (and fairly sweaty – it’s 34 degrees!) 3 days at the 2014 EAHIL conference in Rome.


as well as tweeting like crazy during the conference (along with many others) I’ve put together a storify for the event – just so that I wouldn’t lose track:

As well as catching up with colleagues from around Europe (some familiar faces, some new to me – lovely to meet you all), what I’ve also come away with are the following snippets (in no particular order)
  • students the world over think that a “systematic review” means using at least 3 key words! sigh… (thanks to Marte Ødegaard)
  • getting involved with the clinical aims of your organisation as well as the research and educational elements is vital for raising profile and gaining recognition, and making significant contribution to patients (the ultimate aim for us all, surely). (thanks to Niamh Lucey)
  • “daring to try” is really important – take responsibility for our own CPD, don’t expect it all to be handed on a plate. (thanks to the 3 Karolinska librarians)
  • that throw away anecdotal comments :eahil2014can get noticed by @bengoldacre (!) and can inspire ideas of a research project (watch this space.. maybe… it’s scarey!) (thanks Johannes Belt)bgoldarcre
  • good reporting practices for research projects are just as vital as good peer review (when it happens) in ensuring that your hard-won research findings will actually influence practice (thanks to Shona Kirtley and http://www.equator-network.org)
  • research data management is a brave new world for librarians but we’ve got to grasp the nettle, and the LIBER 10 Recommendations are a good place to start (thanks Mari Elisa Kuusniemi)
  • knowledgeshare looks like an amazing tool – professional facebook for clinicians – and then some! (thanks Ben Skinner)
  • hunting zebra sounds like great fun, and it’s surprising the similarities in problems there are for all rare diseases: slow speed of diagnosis, few/no treatment options, poor doctor knowledge, and precious little patient information. All bad news for patients so thanks to Jan Manson for her work with
  • that I need to investigate some of the interesting journal apps that are out there because they’re good to remind/promote what the library has been providing for years – but luckily Guus van den Breckel has done the hard work for me – thanks! browzine it is!

so thanks to the organisers:  I really enjoyed myself, and learned plenty, and have discovered a very beautiful city! (and ate my own body weight in the best pasta ever hurrah!)


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