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

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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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 buy cialis pills online 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?
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