What I Learned in Library School

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

Don't you just love Unshelved?

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.

Children's librarians can read upside down!

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

The New MIDLINE and More

Have you seen the new look for MIDLINE? Especial expressions of gratitude go to our webmaster Allan Barclay and MIDLINE Editor Elizabeth Smigielski for getting the Midwest Chapter’s flagship publication re-launched! The intrepid publications crew hopes you like the cleaner simpler look which harkens back to the style of the paper MIDLINE of old.

And speaking of things new, you will have noticed that the header up there on the top of this blog has been changed for the duration of our upcoming conference blog coverage. Doesn’t Madison look cool at sunset? Your intrepid blog editor is getting things all lined up to bring you the fantastic conference news coverage you have come to expect on ConnectMidwest. If YOU are planning to attend the 2010 Midwest Chapter/MLA & WHSLA Conference please consider joining our crack blogging team! Posting to the blog is fun and easy with our new WordPress publication software. Your intrepid blog editor will set you up with a WordPress account, give you a quick lesson, and you will be on your way to being a blogger before you know it.

If you are interested in blogging about the conference, just drop me an e-mail: cleibfar AT kent DOT edu

Six Weeks!

Your intrepid blog editor is publishing a post for the first time using our new WordPress publication platform. If you are reading this post in your feed reader, be sure to click through to the blog itself. So what do you think? How do you like the All New ConnectMidwest beta? We are calling this a “beta” version of our chapter blog because there will be more improvements to come. We will be soon jazzing it up even more for our annual conference coverage, adding fun widgets for photos and more. I would like to personally thank our intrepid webmaster Allan Barclay. You wouldn’t believe how many picky requests he has had to endure from yours truly over the past several weeks. Do YOU have any suggestions for making ConnectMidwest even better? Send them via e-mail to me, your intrepid blog editor! Coming soon: the All New MIDLINE!

And now returning to our regularly scheduled blog post…

Have you looked at the calendar lately? It is time to get in gear! The 2010 Midwest Chapter/MLA & WHSLA Conference is only six weeks away! And the deadline for the early registration discount and for guaranteed hotel reservations is in a week on August 23. Have you looked through the completely updated conference website yet?

You will find everything from registration information to printable program information. The contributed papers and poster presentations are even there. I’m all set to go. On Friday, I gave the handy dandy charge card a workout and registered myself for the conference, signed up for a CE course, and made my plane reservations.

As I’ve mentioned before, our chapter awards and scholarships are an important part of our annual conference. The deadline for the awards supporting attendance at the conference is AUGUST 17, only two days away! Do YOU know a library school student interested in health sciences librarianship or a practicing health sciences librarian who has never attended a conference? Well, contact them right now and help them apply! The deadline for our other awards, the Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award and the Jean Williams Sayre Innovation Award, is August 27!