Testing a presentation: Find Use Access the Royal Marsden Manual

As part of the second day of the “How to deliver a memorable library induction” course I had to structure, organise and present a short presentation in front of a group of health librarians.

I decided to work around one of our library e-resource: The Royal Marsden Manual of Nursing Procedures.

First I started developing the content and then I moved to visual impact.

Audience – New qualified nurses joining the Trust

Time – 5 minutes

Three key messages –how to find, access and use the resource (FAU). I simply modified adapted the FRBR conceptual model (never forget your cataloguing principles!).

Tell a story – I used a real story. In one of our recent CQC inspection a nurse has been asked to provide the source of information for a specific procedure: how to remove peripherally inserted central catheters. He replied that the Royal Marsden was the source of information and the inspect asked the nurse to access it. The nurse was able to retrieve the piece of information online. This example needs to engage the audience. What if you had to show an inspector how to retrieve procedures. For this reason the audience needs to know how to find, access and correctly use the resource.

Design – I used PowerPoint and found some nice graphics on FreePik; I modified them using Photoshop.

Clever Gimmick – keep the presentation short; signposting the audience through the presentation (e.g. you are 4 clicks away from the information you need); use positive body language (smile, take pause, stress key words etc).

So this my short presentation:


(Presentation_Royal Marsden PDF version)


  • Colleagues were engaged and they said that my personality had shown through the presentation.
  • I should state that any other information about the resource (=facts) are available in a booklet.
  • People liked the three key concepts, the flow and the compelling story of the CQC inspection.
  • One colleague said that she is going to create a guide for each e-resource using the Find – Access and Use approach. Cool!

Yes, I can be scared about the idea of talking in front of a lot of people. Yes, English is not my first language. However I have to admit that I really enjoy presenting information in front of people, let’s say it is a natural talent.


Working in a hospital: a spiritual shade

Hospital corridorIn my current work I confront myself everyday with the hospital environment. In order to get in to the library I pass in front of A&E dept and cross a long corridor that cuts through different depts like emaetology, anaesthesia and urology.

Everyday I meet people waiting to be called. One day I even assisted to a collapse in a corridor (luckily a nurse was just behind this person). I think this is the price of working IN this sector. I won’t define it naively sad but this is its essence.

Despite the fact that I do not relate directly to patients, I feel the presence of illness, hopes and pains. I guess this is the reason why I define “spiritual” working in a hospital.

Working here helped me to realise how I am lucky to be healthy and how life is volatile and unpredictible. So, less complaints and enjoy your time.

I found a way

Turning badgesSitting on the grass at Llanbadarn campus I reflect on my last year not only academically but also professionally. Just few things happened: I moved from Surrey to West yorkshire, I got a new job, adopted a cat and I am now buying my first house. Gladly I managed to find time to complete the first year assignments.

Last September I was working in a cozy academic library environment. I had few responsabilities and my academic journey was at the very begininning (again). In my mind I was framing a career in the information retrieval sector, let’s say about cataloguing and acquisition.

One year later, I still hope to work in an art sector but I am actually working in the health library sector as Services Librarian. I am now in charge of a small team and I regularly serve clinicians helping them retrieving evidences. Terms like evidence-based approach, critical appraisal, literature search and quantitative research are now part of my everyday vocabulary.

How did I end up working in a health library? I have been simply offered and accepted a job. My first three months have been really taxing, not only because I had to recalibrate my focus on the health sector but at the same time I had to consider the fact that there was a team relying on my decisions. I had to assimilate quite quickly new procedures, familiarise with new medical databases and specific information needs. On the top of that I had to adapt to a new LSM, I moved in fact from SirsiDinyx to Heritage.

Do I regret it? Absolotely no. In just few months I drastically expanded my knowledge and I can now compare two similar but different environments: the academic library and the healthcare one.

New unlocked experiences/skills: managing a team (!!!), teaching to 1:1 or to groups, depth knowledge of health databases, liason with consultants, budgeting (!!!), managing subscriptions, cataloguing using the Wessex scheme, planning social media content, editing current awareness bulletins and sorting my mail box.

I feel being on a very steep learning curve and I’ve never expected working in a hospital. What’s next?