Greetings Midwest Chapter Members!

Welcome to ConnectMidwest!
What is this blog all about? Take a look! It is so much more than announcements and news. Think of this blog as a CONVERSATION among the members of the chapter on any topic of interest. Think of the blog posts as conversation starters. Click on any of the Topics for Discussion over there on the right – there’s something for everyone!
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Join in the conversation!

Midwest Chapter now in Facebook!

Do you live in Facebook? Even if you only visit occasionally, join the all new Midwest Chapter Facebook group!
If you read closely there on the top of the group page, you’ll see that one of the missions of the Midwest Chapter is “to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of mutual problems and concerns.” The Facebook group and this blog join the chapter discussion list and newsletter as tools accutane pills online that chapter members can use to communicate with each other. Whichever medium you use most, the Midwest Chapter offers a great way to network with your fellow medical librarians! Join in the discussion!
PLEASE COMMENT! How can the chapter’s Facebook group page be improved? What information, widgets, or whatever can be added to make it a more useful communications tool? Click on that Comments link below and share your thoughts!

FREE Lunches at MLA

Roundtables.jpgThe deadline for applications for the chapter’s Chapter Sharing Roundtables “Free Lunch Award” is less than a week away! If you will be attending MLA, this is a no-brainer! Two chapter members will be able to participate in the discussion AND get a free lunch on May18th.
Here is the information you need to know to apply for the Free Lunch Award. All you have to do is submit paragraph or two describing “Why I deserve a free lunch.”
There is a Chapter Sharing Roundtable for every interest! There will be 30 topic tables this year:

  • Second Life and Health Care Information
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Changes in Technical Service in a Digital Environment
  • Clinical Decision Making Tools (Up-to-Date, MDConsult & others)
  • Communication Techniques for Library Patrons
  • Copyright Issues
  • Document Delivery Services and ILL
  • Electronic Libraries
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Evidence Based Nursing
  • Expert Searching
  • Handheld Clinical Resources
  • How to Obtain Funds for Library Projects
  • How to Stay Current with New Technologies
  • Integrating You or the Library into the Curriculum
  • Issues in Hospital Librarianship
  • Liaisons Stepping Out of the Library
  • Librarian as a Consultant
  • Library Directors of the Future
  • Management of E-Resources
  • Managing Resources in Emergency/Disaster Situation
  • Multi-generations Working in the Same Library
  • New and Emerging Roles for Medical Librarians
  • Oral History
  • Point of Care Clinical Resources
  • Providing Virtual Reference Service
  • Strategies for Threatened Librarians/Libraries
  • Supporting Magnet Status Initiatives
  • Using New Technologies and Instructional Design for Teaching
  • Wikis in the Library

The Library as Place

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this. Why? Because this summer your intrepid blog editor is going to be moving the hospital library from this building where it has been for over 25 years to the other hospital campus several miles away across town. This is a great opportunity to ponder deeply how this room is being used and consider how to structure things to better facilitate these uses in our new area.
This library inhabits 2300 square feet on the hospital’s ground floor. OK, that’s a fancy way to say that we are way down here in the basement. It’s comfortable down here and we’re right next to the classrooms. So the medical students, interns, and residents spend a lot of time here. I think several orthopedic residents actually live here. There is seating for 22 and there are times when all the table and carrel space is occupied. Occasionally, it gets downright wild down here. Yesterday, for instance. The surgical residents were regaling each other with amusing OR anecdotes. Thank goodness, there weren’t any people trying to study! I was laughing too hard to shush them. I’m glad that they feel “at home” here.
Later this week, I will be able to “walk through” the space that is currently being considered for the library on the other campus. As I walk through the rooms, what I’ll be planning is not just where to put the books, journals, and computers, but how to make the library a useful, welcoming PLACE for our students, physicians, and staff.
I wanted to get a handle on some of the latest research and thinking on the concept of “The Library as Place.” First stop? The Hospital Library Section wiki page “The Library’s Physical Space.” There is a lot of food for thought in this University of Illinois at Urbanna-Champaign Current LIS Clip The Library as Place. I also still have on my desk, the DVD Rom that we all were sent by the National Library of Medicine from the 2003 symposium on this subject. I’ve got my work cut out for me!

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t forget to take Mr. Skeleton when we move!