We are Northern: This is the Library team

July 31, 2023

Located near the Fit Testing Centre and Lecture Theatre at Northern Hospital Epping, the Northern Health Library connects staff and students with high-quality, evidence-based information that supports their work as healthcare professionals. This connection can be via education sessions, use of library services such as expert literature search or provision of databases, eBooks or journal articles.

The current team is comprised of Natasha Bradley, Director Library and Information Literacy Services, Erica Hateley, Senior Librarian, Jade Howell, Librarian and Kelly Chan, Library Technician.

“As a team, we bring individual strengths which support library users. Jade is a wonderful advocate for the education teams and the library and brings our learning communities together. Erica is a literature search expert who regularly supports staff and students in finding the best quality results in medical databases. Kelly unfailingly delivers articles to staff to support their clinical knowledge and I focus on strategic initiatives that deliver best practice library services and resources to all Northern Health staff and students,” says Natasha.

Earlier this year, the team focused on redeveloping and expanding their online resources and capabilities via the eLibrary. Recently, the library has launched a single search capability that enables staff and students to search all evidence-based resources available at the library via a simple search. Try it out here.

“To help promote Northern Health’s collection better to staff, we have also installed additional display shelving to showcase specialty resources for medical, nursing and allied health professionals,” she added.

During the early stages of the pandemic, the library operated in a fully online mode for a number of months. This enabled the team to continue to deliver critical evidence-based information and literature search services to staff, and the library also continued to loan out books through a click and collect-style service.

“However, we very much missed the ability to interact with library users face-to-face,” said Natasha.

In 2023 the library team is excited to announced that it will be extending their services to all Northern Health sites, by visiting each site on a regular basis. The team will be working hard to accommodate for best dates and times for each site. They’ll be kicking this off this week, with Library and Information Week 2023 and visits to each site between 11.30 am and 2.30 pm, based on the schedule below:

  • Monday, 31 July – Bundoora Centre
  • Tuesday, 1 August – Craigieburn Centre
  • Wednesday, 2 August – Broadmeadows Hospital
  • Thursday, 3 August – Northern Hospital Epping

All Northern Health staff and students can become library members, which enables access to a range of resources and access to the Northern Health library anywhere, anytime. For more information and to sign up, please click here. Staff can access the library 24 hours a day, seven days a week, via their staff swipe card. The library has a small meeting room, a study room and twelve computers. Online, the library can be found via the eLibrary.

Thank you to our library team for all your hard work and dedication.

Featured image (L-R); Natasha Bradley, Director Library and Information Literacy Services, Jade Howell, Librarian, Erica Hately, Senior Librarian and Kelly Chan, Library Technician.