Reports from Small Group Discussions
Collective Wisdom Gathered from Small Group Discussions
Changing Roles: How are librarians embracing new roles within their institution and reinventing their models of service?
- What are the Advantages of taking on new Roles:
- Demonstrated impact of library services
- Partnering with hospital’s wellness programs; providing background research, tracking and organizing patient information.
- Leaving the library and meeting with your user population to find out what they information services need to be successful at their jobs.
- Faculty and Students can overestimate their searching skills so planning bibliographic Instruction focused on How to do research better rather than Basic searching mechanics
- Designing information portals on complex topics
- Data Mining for research laboratories
- Making the librarian accessible outside the library using technologies like Skype
- Librarian as subject expert
- We must prove the library’s worth by embracing new roles
- Take Initiatives to seek new roles
- Accept roles we may not like (e.g. Teaching Endnote) to keep users seeing the value in the library
- Find the “hook” to reach out to people
- Embrace new “far out” roles like Disaster Preparedness and Health Literacy
- “Text a Librarian”
- Librarians sitting on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and other institutional committees
- Managing a data warehouse with a connection to Health Information Technology, Medical/Patient Health Records
- Getting additional degrees, expertise to lecture in other areas
- Role of liaison to research departments – Informationist.
Changing Stewardship: What can different generations of librarians teach each other?
- Teaching and learning is a 2 way street
- Be open and receptive to new ideas at all stages of your career.
- Leadership experience can be acquired in a variety of ways
- Take a leadership role in a club or group of interest outside of work
- Hosting a dinner party involves many of the same leadership skills that come into play in the work environment
- Professional Committee work is a great way to gain leadership experience
- Set up “informational interviews” or just go out to lunch with people in the profession that you think you would like to learn from.
- Take initiative on projects, sometimes it is easier to apologize than to ask permission.
Changing Economic Issues: How are librarians doing more with less, creating innovating purchasing arrangements, finding new funding resources? Or how far can a librarian stretch a dollar?
- Suggestion to create a task force between Publishers and Medical Librarians addressing pricing models and changing factors driving both sides.
- Open Access: both side need a better understanding of the economic implications
- For consortia to be successful they need a strong Executive Director
- MLA Should offer a CE course on what it takes to form a consortia
- Vendors and Librarians can take a team approach to market new products
Changing Technology – Social Media: How are librarians implementing Social Media?
- Keep the library name out in public through RSS Feeds, blogs, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter
- Use for announcements of new resources, classes, local authors, personnel changes, etc.
- Live immediate access to staff through chat services
- Internal documentation through Wiki’s
- Share slides and videos through youtube, Flickr, Slideshare.net
- Library can play a role as the early adapter and lead the way for an institution through publicity and training sessions
- Libraries should establish a Social Media Policy including Best Practices
- Why do it if no one is using? (if a bear tweets in the woods and there is no one following their twitter feed, does it make a sound?)
- Blog posts can just sit there, they need to be pushed to other places.
Changing Technology – Educational Media: How are librarians implementing new Educational Media?
- Open source Learning Managament Systems (LMS) include Sakai, Angel, Moodle
- Ability to conduct Webinars
- Developing sites for mobile resources and using them as a platform to push educational content
Changing Technology – Electronic Medical Record: Are librarians a part of their institutions’ Electronic Medical Record development and/or implementation?
- Important to keep a record that patient has viewed patient handouts
- Patient portal must include list of required medications to improve compliance
- Challenge: IT & Hospital administration; small screen with limited space, limits on access to Patient Data
- Challenge; Learning the controlled vocabulary of the EMR (ICD-9/ ICD-10) and mapping it to information resources vocabulary
- Advantage: Librarian can save clinicians time by prioritizing between clinical/EBM information and patient information
- Concern is that the Players involved in developing
- Link to a specialized referral service
- What are the Standards and Requirements involved in getting information
Changing Perceptions: What are librarians doing within their institution to demonstrate their library’s value and the institution’s return on investment?
- There are return on investment calculators and other tools available from MLA – http://www.mlanet.org
- Keep up on health issues that are in the news that reference the Medical Literature and send relevant article to appropriate Clinicians and Administrators
- Survey your users
- Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on the impact of health information access on your population
- Match that library’s goals and mission to the competencies that your institution measures it self by e.g. JCAHO, ACGME, Magnet, Gallup.
- Market your Library’s services, come out of the library and make connections, look for champions among Clinicians and Administrators.
- Be involved in planning committees
- Tie a dollar amount to services or items used
- Get involved in facilitating scholarly output from your institution.
- Challenge: Many librarians feel they are too busy to do the research that would show their value
Changing Spaces: What does the library space look like now and what will it look like in the future?
- The library still needs to be a physical space but with digital materials.
- Space needs will be tailored to institutional values
- Space should be staffed by Medical Librarians
- Space tailored to the activities that take places (quiet study, independent research, collaborative research). Space should not be focused on storage.
- Before redesigning conduct usability study that includes input from end users.
- There will still need to be some books in hard copy.