BIOME "Hot Topics" are proving extremely popular with lots of positive feedback. We have received suggestions for particular areas of interest and recent themes have included breast cancer, AIDS, and pet ownership. So check out the new topics at Hot Topics .
Users of the Mozilla Firefox browser may have noticed that up in the top right corner of Firefox, there is a handy search box that allows you to search various databases and search engines from within the browser. Developers at BIOME have created a search plugin to enable you to add the BIOME database to the search box. Just click Search Plugin  to install. This currently searches across all the BIOME gateways. If you would like to see a search plugin for a particular gateway, please contact us .
We would like to thank all those that completed the BIOME questionnaire. In total, we received 350 responses and 12 winners received £30 each. We are currently analysing the data and results will be available shortly.
Laurian Williamson, BIOME's Content Coordinator ran two separate CPD (Continuing Professional Development) events for NHS Librarians. These were held in November 2004, one at the United Bristol Healthcare Trust Education Centre and one at the Health Services Library, Southampton General Hospital, University of Southampton.
This BIOME-focussed CPD training session covered BIOME and the health-related subject gateways. The day consisted of several sessions with both presentations and hands-on practicals. These were:
For further details, or to express interest in hosting similar events please contact Laurian Williamson on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 8493251
Laurian Williamson and Robert Abbott attended the LfN Study Day at The Royal College of Nursing, London on Friday 12 November 2004
Laurian gave a 45-minute presentation entitled "Collection development for BIOME (health and life sciences hub of the Resource Discovery Network). How we ensure BIOME provides access to evaluated, high-quality Internet resources in the health and life sciences, aimed specifically at students, researchers, academics and practitioners."
The issues covered included the history of BIOME and the development of NMAP; collection development policies for OMNI and NMAP; quality and evaluation issues of Internet resources; resource discovery for OMNI and NMAP; collection development and sustainability.
We are pleased to announce the recruitment of another part-time Service Officer. Robert Abbott joined the team at the beginning of November and works on our NMAP and OMNI gateways. Previously a practising Information Scientist in Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare, he will be a valuable member of the team.
Unfortunately, our Portal Development Officer, Vicky Wiseman, left the Service at the end of 2004. We are sad to lose Vicky and would like to thank her for the hard work and commitment she has put into the BIOME Service. We wish her all the best in her new post as Head Librarian at Duncan Macmillan House, Psychiatric Medical Library for Nottinghamshire Healthcare.