Knowledge in the key of E (EPOCH, that is)

Ms Teresa Beck-Swindale1

1Buttfield Library, THS-NW, Burnie, Australia

Sometimes it feels that knowledge is locked away; that the best bits are unknowable, hidden, beyond reach.

Library staff are there to unlock that knowledge; to ferret, wrangle and ply that information so that it emerges from its fetters to be readily available to assist the Allied Health team in finding great health options for their clients.

Library Managers are Allied Health professionals too; striving to deliver quality information to enhance patient care.

We would like to share and promote new electronic resources added in 2017 for the benefit of the Allied Health sector in Tasmania.

This includes ClinicalKey delivering a wealth of material in e-books, journals, patient education and multimedia resources; specific AH sources include physiotherapy videos, pharmacology texts and images for rehabilitation exercises.

There are many new journals and e-books in full text on our revamped EPOCH site (Electronic Portal for Online Clinical Help) we would like to showcase, for example Food Science & Nutrition, Archives of Physiotherapy and Journal of Hand Therapy.

Specific databases for the allied health field such as  OT Seeker and PEDRo will be promoted as keys to answer individual reference inquiries.

Library staff will be available during the lunch break at the conference to undertake “on the spot” information inquiries, supplying answers then and there or taking away for follow up. The Library Services poster stall will have giveaways and visual demonstrations via laptop on information searching.



Library Manager, Dr Richard Buttfield Library, North West Regional Hospital, Burnie for THS – NW for the past 5 years, delivering health information to all staff across the north west; working in collaboration with THS health library staff in Launceston and Hobart as well as UTAS.

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