Manfred has started his career as a medical librarian at the Society of Physicians in Vienna and worked as a Faculty Librarian for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care at Christ Church University from 2014 to 2019. He developed e-learning solutions for the Society of Physicians in Vienna and was a consultant for the British Medical Journal Group (BMJ- Learning) between 2012 and 2014. After coming to the UK in 2014, he completed a Masters in Library and Information Services Management at the University of Sheffield and has obtained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
Manfred’s research interests include the use of medical resources and search tools, online teaching of information literacy and more recently how to enhance the digital capabilities of future healthcare workers. He also supports systematic literature reviews by developing search strategies and by carrying out database searches.
As a Faculty Librarian for the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Wellbeing, Manfred taught information literacy and digital capabilities to a wide range of students. His teaching focuses on how to find information, how to evaluate and how to manage it. It also includes online collaboration, and topics such as social media and digital identity in a professional context. He uses a range of delivery methods ranging from face-to-face teaching, to blended approaches and online teaching such as webinars, online tutorials and developing online courses.
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