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March 5, 2008

Discovering the Participatory Web

This afternoon I trekked up to our local medical college to view the MLA webcast Web 2.0 Principles and Best Practices. It was nice to get the chance to do a little "in person" social networking with my fellow medical librarians as well.

The Midwest was well represented! Chapter member and MIDLINE contributor Melissa Rethlefsen was one of the presenters and our Ohio Health Sciences Libraries Association president Michelle Kraft was on the panel.

I've heard some of this before since I attended when Dale Prince presented the "Geeks Bearing Gifts" CE course in Ohio last year. But there were plenty of fresh new ideas to keep my interest. I really enjoyed the give-and-take among the panel during the question and answer segments. And I noticed that everyone got the memo explaining that if you wanted to match the coffee mugs, you should wear some blue. The kitten analogy might have gotten a little out of hand though. ;-)

There were lots of concrete examples of how medical libraries are using these new approaches to improve library services. I managed to follow most, but I have to admit that my brain blew a circuit breaker or two trying to follow the part where Melissa showed a Meebo room embedded in a wiki page. Communications Chair Karen, did you see that?? Can we try that for committee meetings? For my library, I want to investigate more of the suggested ways to use RSS feeds for pushing tables of contents and for SDI services. Look out FeedBurner, here I come!

Gotta go...have to sign up for the MLA-WEB2.0 discussion list!

March 6, 2008

Executive Board Welcome!

Hope that all of you had an uneventful trip to Minneapolis! Did you know that Minneapolis is halfway between Los Angeles and New York City?

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The Midwest Chapter Communications Committee welcomes you!

Where people and ideas meet and mingle...

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March 12, 2008

Web 2.0 at SIU


How are the librarians and staff at YOUR library using Web 2.0 tools?

We asked Mary Taylor, Midwest Chapter Communications Committee member and Medical and Distance Learning Librarian at the Morris Library, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and here is her reply!

Meet Morris Library 2.0
  • IM available. Our real time virtual reference is powered by instant messaging. We have embedded a Meebo me widget on our "Ask Anything" reference page, our Blackboard/WebCt login page, and our MySpace page (see the next item). Some of our liaisons have the widget on their personal/library websites so that patrons can instant message them directly.
  • Face to Space. The library has a MySpace page with an imbedded Meebo me widget and a search form for our catalog. The search form code can be downloaded by users for their own web pages from the library's website. We also have a blog on the page. Some librarians have MySpace and Facebook accounts. I am a faculty advisor for a student organization that has a Facebook account. I joined Facebook at that organization's executive board's request, so they didn't have to look up my e-mail address every time they sent out a message.
  • It bloggles the mind. One of our divisions, Instructional Support Services, has an internal blog. One liaison shares news with her departments via her blog. As previously mentioned, our MySpace page also has a blogs.
  • Syndicated columnist. We use an RSS feed to spread the word about services and products, and plan to use it sharing our new books list.
  • Let the wiki win. Two in-house committees use wikis to share documents in progress.
  • Don't blink. We are using Flickr to display photos of our ongoing building renovation.
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  • What does MARC say about it? We are setting up a service that allows users to send records from our catalog as text messages.

  • Don't touch that dial. The library has a channel on the SIUC's student Web portal, with links to our online reference services, our catalog, our course reserves page, and our distance learning pages.

  • It could be cloudy. We are investigating adding user-generated subject terms (cloud tags) to our catalog.

SO...How are the librarians and staff at YOUR library using Web 2.0 tools?

Click on the Comment link below and share your experiences!

March 23, 2008

Connecting with SLIS Students

Last week, your intrepid blog editor exhibited for the Midwest Chapter at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science Library Careers Night.

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I was joined at the Midwest Chapter table by two of my fellow medical librarians from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library, Gretchen Hallerberg and Barb Anderson. We had a great time talking to students about careers in medical librarianship. (AND we got a free dinner!) The Midwest Chapter offers FREE student memberships, so I handed out quite a few membership applications. I'll be interested to see how many students join the chapter. I talked a lot about our Annual Meeting Scholarships. Since I am a Kent State alumna myself, I would love to have a Kent State student attend the Midwest MLA / MHSLA 2008 Conference. I told everyone who visited our table what a great value our annual conferences are, with two days crammed with quality programming, great special events, and so many opportunities for networking. The $500 scholarship easily will cover the cost of the conference and two nights at the conference hotel.

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One nice thing about being in Kent for the evening was being able to visit with my son who is a KSU sophomore. It was nice to have some help tearing down the exhibit! And collegian son was able to snag some of those free OCLC pens from George across the aisle.

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