Holly introduces Dr. Navsaria with great admiration, saying that he “breaks all the library stereotypes.” This is evident quite quickly; Dr. Dipesh Navsaria has an impressive background in health sciences and library sciences
Dr. Navsaria revealed that he has no relevant financial relationships to disclose, except that he was trained as a children’s librarian. With such an opening, I could see that Dr. Navsaria is someone who enjoys what he does. As he read a children’s book, one that is seems he has read many times before, he stopped before finishing so that people wouldn’t leave
Dr. Navsaria went to library school in the middle of medical school, although he admitted that he would have always ended in library school (as his bio stated, he used to put the Dewey Decimal system on the spine of his books).
He had three great learning experiences (and great debt), however, library school had helped him understand how people think. From his very first library class, “…the organization and access to the world’s knowledge…”
“Wow, that’s like everything” was Dr. Navsaria’s response. “Librarians can organize the information and the access to information better than anyone can… These concepts were absolutely amazing”
One valuable lesson learned from the class was the interview. In the medical profession, there’s a feeling that no one else does what they do. However, the medical interview is not all that different from the reference interview. This wasn’t the exclusive territory of the health profession, but rather something that is inevitable in all ways to obtain knowledge. The open-ended question reveals the most ranged response
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” –Arthur C Clark
So, what did Dr. Navsaria learn in library school?
- LIS breaks down our silos better than just about anyone
- The LIS public service mission is consistently better than just about anyone
Health care is a disappointment for many people. They go into the profession for the right reasons, however once they get through part of their education, the reality of money, politics, competition, etc interferes with their desire to help people. In library school, that isn’t the case
- Saving other people’s time is a Good Thing
Libraries break down barriers to help find the proper information.
Advocacy. Dr. Navsaria trains one of the few residency program that emphasizes advocacy, he works within medical education, and he has an active political role. But his passion seems to be concerning early literacy. You can learn a lot from how a child interacts with a book–how they reach for the book, their visual capabilities, ability to extrapolate, and so on.
“Why medical librarians will save the health care world as we know it”
This idea that if you don’t have everything memorized, you just aren’t a good health care professional. But, why memorize when you can look up better information. The ability to pay attention is becoming harder and harder because there is so much information out there
Dr. Navsaria believes that learning how to research should be part of the medical curriculum throughout the years, not just one orientation class. He stresses that people aren’t learning early enough to think critically, thus search critically. People go on about life-long learning, but most practice “binge learning.” One learns quickly to simply purge it once later. Unfortunately, people simply want the answer, but not learning how to look for the answer. That’s why medical librarians are needed.
And now for the completion of the children’s story (and what Dr. Navsaria claims is the only reason why the audience is still around). Moral of the story: the most important time is spent digging, mending, and taking care of those around you.
Your challenge. Be more visible, be seen, get known!
- Get in people’s faces…and get in curriculm
- Be part of the clinical world.
- Find champions to help you from ‘the inside’
- Be confident about your status and your ability to contribute
- You should fill this hunger, not the information amateurs
- STEP UP AND STEP FORWARD