Let’s Talk About Hospice Palliative Care – National Hospice Palliative Care Week @CanadianHPCAssn

One-third of Canadians (34%) are not sure to whom hospice palliative care services are available (Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association). From May 1-7, the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association invites everyone to start a conversation about hospice palliative care as part of National Hospice Palliative Care Week. If you are looking for information about end of life care, here are a few places you can start. For other resources, stop by the Health Sciences Library on the third floor of the Li Ka Shing building (ext. 5059), or visit the Patient and Family Learning Centre across from the Marketeria (ext. 2522).


Information for You:

  • Safe passage : a global spiritual sourcebook for care at the end of life (available at the library, WB310 .S128 2014)
  • End of life care : a practical guide (available at the library, WB310 .K56e 2011)
  • Communication in palliative care : clear practical advice, based on a series of real case studies (available at the library, WB310 .D925 2011)
  • Evidence-Based Palliative Care : Across the Lifespan
  • Canadian Virtual Hospice (website)


Information for Your Patients:

  •  Faces Of Palliative Care (45 minute video)
  • Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness (available at the PFLC)
  • I Don’t Know What to Say… How to help and support someone who is dying (available at the PFLC)
  • Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring (available at the PFLC)
  •  Canadian Virtual Hospice (website)

Video: The Library…Everywhere!

Check out our new promo video The Library…Everywhere!

This is part of a planned series of one minute videos designed to showcase the library services available to the staff of St. Michael’s Hospital.  The Scotiabank Health Sciences Library worked with practicum students from the University of Toronto’s iSchool to plan and produce promotional videos.  The videos provide a glimpse of what’s available and are an invitation to find out more online or in person.

See some photos from behind the scenes.

Please note that the Health Sciences Library is a staff library and is not open to the general public.

Our New Website has arrived!

We’ve updated our intranet website based on web usability principles.  After studying how people typically approach and interpret web pages we realized that we needed to radically redesign our layout, terminology; and provide more of a context for our resources.  Our goal was to organize our resources based on how they are used by our clients.

It required a big shift in perspective to get outside of our own education and experience to provide an interface useful to people who don’t spend their days thinking about the structure of information.  This difficulty isn’t unique to librarians as evidenced by the emergence of interprofessional education programs in which physicians, nurses, dieticians and other professionals strive to find new ways of working together.

Working with the St. Mike’s Communications department, we researched how most people scan pages & make decisions about relevance. We also examined how terminology affects whether a link is clicked or avoided.  We also researched how other libraries approached these issues and adapted some of the best practices to the design of our site.

So now what? Now that the site is live we test it.  Usability is not static.  We’d like to hear what you do and do not like about the new website.  We will be designing a feedback survey with questions about specific features and having more formal evaluations looking toward the next round of development.

In the meantime contact us at hslibrary@smh.ca to let us now how you like the new site.

Further reading:

  1. Jacob Nielsen’s Website http://www.useit.com/
  2. “Library Terms that Users Understand” John Kupersmith
    eScholarship, University of California, 2012 http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3qq499w7#page-1

Website Redesign

The Health Sciences Library is redesigning its website to make it easier to locate and use our books, journals & databases.  So you will be noticing changes as we overhaul, adjust & tweak everything.  The biggest change will be the separation of information about the library from library research resources.

Things you need for your job like databases, books and journals will be located on the My Work part of the site.  Information that you might be interested when you aren’t chasing down the perfect paper for your research will be located on the AtoZ part of the SMH intranet.  This will be our hours, policies and social media.

We hope that these and other changes will make finding what you need when you need it, quicker and easier.

Developing the website is an ongoing process and we will be actively soliciting your feedback.  Stay tuned!