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News from BIOME

Jenny Hall reports on recent news from BIOME, the Health and Life Sciences hub of the Resource Discovery Network.

New Internet Resource Booklets

We are delighted to announce that the brand new VetGate booklet is available for ordering or downloading from our web site. Sponsored by the Animal Health Information Specialists Group (AHIS), it covers key, evaluated, quality Internet resources in animal health. Written by subject experts at BIOME the booklet is aimed at students, researchers, academics, and practitioners in this area. The booklets are free of charge to those in the UK and further details on how to order or download Internet Resources for Animal Health are available from BIOME Publications [1].

We still have a limited number of our free booklet Internet Resources for Health and Medicine (sponsored by the Wellcome Trust) available to order. If you would like copies of the resource booklet then instructions are available from BIOME Publications [1].


There are still a number of places available on the ePrints UK Workshop in Nottingham (hosted by BIOME) on Monday 24 May 2004.

These workshops, organised by the ePrints UK Project [2] will provide an introduction to eprints and institutional repositories and the issues surrounding them. They are aimed at HE/FE librarians, information systems staff, and academics. No prior knowledge is necessary and they are free to attend.

The first workshop held at the University of Bath was well attended and encouraged much discussion. The Bath workshop [3] slides presented are now available and an ‘At the Event’ article [4] will appear in this issue of Ariadne.

The ePrints UK Project is developing a series of national, discipline-focused services through which the Higher and Further Education community can access the collective output of e-print papers available from compliant Open Archive repositories, particularly those provided by UK universities and colleges.

Further details are available on the Nottingham workshop [5] or contact Natasha Piper on tel: 01225 38 6256 or n.piper@ukoln.ac.uk

Health and Life Sciences Online

A series of one-day seminars have been arranged that introduce you to key resources in your subject area. These seminars are aimed at teachers and researchers, post-graduate students, staff development officers, subject librarians, IT subject specialists, departmental IT representatives, all those responsible for promotion and provision of online resources in health and life sciences within their institution. Each seminar will offer the following:

Limited places are still available for the health and life sciences online seminar on Friday 11 June 2004 at the University of Oxford and Thursday 8 July 2004 at the University of Stirling.

More information and booking forms are available from Health and Life Sciences Online Seminars [6].

New Updated Guides

An updated version of the JISC Health and Life Sciences Resource Guide is now available [7]. It is also possible to order free printed copies.

Changes at BIOME

BIOME is pleased to announce the appointment of a Content Coordinator. Laurian Williamson has taken up the post and will initially concentrate on identifying external content providers, coordinating cataloguing output, and ensuring that service content targets are met.

BIOME would also like to welcome two new members of the team. Liz Stevenson has joined us on a temporary basis and is concentrating on adding new resources to the BIOME catalogue. Vicky Wiseman started in the new role of Portal Development Officer in February. She will be working alongside the existing technical development team at BIOME together with colleagues across the RDN to implement and evaluate the outcomes of the Subject Portals Project at BIOME. Her remit also includes general Web site development, usability and accessibility and contributing to the further development and enhancement of the BIOME service.

Vicky joins us from the NHS, where she held the post of Knowledge Manager at Airedale NHS Trust. Prior to that, she worked as a User Support Officer at MIMAS at the University of Manchester; her roles there included user support for the zetoc service, technical support for the NLN materials delivery project and liaison with the FE community.

Finally, Jen Sewell left the BIOME Service at the end of January. She has taken up a new post at the University of Sheffield and we wish her all the best for the future.

Come and Talk to BIOME Staff

Members of the BIOME team will be present at the following events:

Libraries for Nursing Study Day (BIOME participating)
Friday 14 May 2004, University of Nottingham

JISC Health and Life Sciences Online (BIOME presentation and hands-on workshop) [8]
Friday 11 June 2004, University of Oxford

JISC Health and Life Sciences Online (BIOME presentation and hands-on workshop) [8]
Thursday 8 July 2004, University of Stirling

ALLCU Conference 2004 (BIOME exhibiting) [9]
14 - 16 July 2004, Harper Adams University College


  1. BIOME Publications
  2. The ePrints UK Project
  3. ePrints UK Bath Workshop
  4. At the Event: ePrints UK Workshop
  5. ePrints UK Nottingham Workshop
  6. Health and Life Sciences Online Seminars
  7. Resource Guide for Health and Life Sciences
  8. JISC Health and Life Sciences Online
  9. ALLCU 26th Annual Conference, 2004

Author Details

Jenny Hall
BIOME Admin Officer

Email: jh@biome.ac.uk
Web site: http://biome.ac.uk

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