*apologies for cross posting (again)*
My previous message was not explanatory enough so I've added some more information - hopefully this makes more sense!
I'm interested in starting a roving librarian service at our hospital. As I see it this would be slightly different from the traditional outreach/clinical librarian role of attending meetings, ward rounds etc although information from colleagues who do this job is also welcomed as it is a similar idea. Basically, the project at Huddersfield University http://www.hud.ac.uk/tali/projects/tl_projects_12/roving%20librarian by Andrew Walsh and Alison Sharman focuses on having subject librarians with tablets going to busy parts of campus (cafes, department reception areas etc) and offering a remote library service. The aim was to increase the use of library services as their research shows that students who do use the library get better results. Feedback has been positive.
I was wondering if anyone was doing this in the NHS? Are you and your mobile device regularly visiting a department to save people visiting the library, are you and your mobile device regularly setting up camp outside the restaurant or a busy common room? Or, if anyone has tried it and it hasn't worked for any reason?
I'd be interested in learning how this has been working in hospitals. So for example, how you work the project, how regularly you 'rove', what sorts of feedback you get about its usefulness, how you're finding using the tablets (and how you chose which ones to use - do iPads rule?), and anything that might be useful to someone setting this service up.
And of course I am happy to share any responses. I hope that is a little less confusing now and I apologise for reposting.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust
Lincoln County Hospital