Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Show Me The Money!

Show Me The Money! Development #medlibs chat
Thursday, October 15. 2015
9:00pm Eastern/6:00pm Pacific
Led by Emily Hurst @hurstej

Let's face it: money makes the world go round, even in libraryland. Creating deep and sustained relationships with donors can help your library soar. From Friends of the Library programs to naming opportunities, development efforts in libraries can take many forms. Some libraries have well established development programs staffed with with fundraising experts while in others the library Director serves as the Chief Development Officer. No matter how development works in your library this chat will provide an insights into fundraising and basic information that every librarian should be aware of when it comes to development efforts.

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Defining development 
  • Understanding how librarians can support development efforts 
  • How ethics impacts development 
  • A brief overview of resources you can use to expand your fundraising knowledge 

Join us on Twitter using the #medlibs hashtag Thursday evening to share your development stories and engage with colleagues. Even if you aren't currently doing development, learning more about the profession and its importance may help you make valuable connections that will support your future library development efforts. Never been to a Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in - all are welcome including first timers, lurkers, students and others interested in the topic and the field.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Writing and Medical Libraries

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1GzsROQ

Writing & Writing Centers #medlibs Chat
Thursday, October 8, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Carolyn Schubert (@carolynthelib) and a bit by Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

While there is limited evidence of relationships between medical librarians and writing as a process, libraries and writing centers have collaborated and shared spaces to support their students. Carolyn will discuss her experience as an embedded librarian in a writing center last year and the liaison partnership that developed as a result, based off of presentation given at the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association conference (MAWCA) in Spring 2015.

Join the discussion on Twitter using the #medlibs hashtag Thursday evening! Never been to a Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in - all are welcome including first timers, lurkers, students and others interested in the topic and the field.

Some questions for consideration during the chat -
  • How do you interact with students during the writing process?
  • How do you/your library interact with other campus support services like writing centers?
  • What are some of the benefits of writing/writing center collaboration? What about challenges?
  • How can a writing center collaboration support the needs of distance students?

Related resources:

Cooke, R., & Bledsoe, C. (2008). Writing Centers and Libraries: One-Stop Shopping for Better Term Papers. The Reference Librarian, 49(2), 119–127. http://doi.org/10.1080/02763870802101310 
Discusses direct library and writing center discussion, but is not specific to health librarianship

Oermann, M. H., Leonardelli, A. K., Turner, K. M., Hawks, S. J., Derouin, A. L., & Hueckel, R. M. (2014). Systematic Review of Educational Programs and Strategies for Developing Students’ and Nurses’ Writing Skills. Journal Of Nursing Education, 54(1), 28-34. http://doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20141224-01
Health student specific but does not address librarians.

Wu, L., Betts, V. T., Jacob, S., Nollan, R., & Norris, T. (2013). Making meaningful connections: evaluating an embedded librarian pilot project to improve nursing scholarly writing. Journal Of the Medical Library Association, 101(4), 323–326. http://doi.org/10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.016
Health librarian-specific and focused on writing, but not writing centers.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Altmetrics chat

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1OKGFxP 

Altmetrics #medlibs chat

Thursday, October 1, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time

Led by Tara Brigham (@TBrigham)

It has been 10 years since Jason Priem coined the term “altmetrics” in a tweet. What does the future of altmetrics look like? Will it be accepted into the ‘norm’ of bibliometric data (and no longer called altmetrics)? Or will it become only something that certain individuals use to highlight the impact of their publications or research?

Join in the #medlibs hashtag chat on Twitter Thursday, October 1 at 9pm Eastern to explore more about altmetrics and future directions for our field with them. For some additional information, take a look at the resources below and let’s discuss what you think on Thursday.

http://www.slideshare.net/TaraBoyerBrigham/nnlmsea-altmetrics http://www.slideshare.net/TaraBoyerBrigham/altmetrics-49837784

Additional altmetrics food for thought:

Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Transcript (we're booked until 2016!) http://bit.ly/1JsGKOE 

Topics & Scheduling Chat

Thursday, September 24, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time

Led by Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

Thanks to your ideas and interests we haven't had a planning chat since February, but late fall and 2016 will be upon us before you know it! 

Bring your ideas, enthusiasm and calendars - the dynamic networking of #medlibs can't happen by itself without you and some planning.  Also please don't feel that you need to be the expert resource to lead a chat - as long as you have a strong interest, well developed questions, and some resources to share our group hivemind usually takes care of the rest!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Consolidating Hospital Library Services

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1FQM6Db

Consolidating Hospital Library Services 
Thursday, September 17, 2015
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific 
Led by Isaac Huffman and Mike Scully

Librarians took the affiliation of Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services as an opportunity to consolidate library services. A library holding group (holding company) model was used to achieve this.

Join Isaac Huffman (Director of System Library Services) and Mike Scully (Medical Librarian) as we discuss how this model was implemented on the #medlibs Twitter chat. Never been to a Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in - all are welcome including first timers, lurkers, students and others interested in the topic and the field.

A pre-publication abstract below details the process:

Creating a library holding group

Objectives: Faced with resource constraints, many hospital libraries have considered some form of joint operations to change with the modern healthcare landscape. This paper outlines how a large health care system created a library holding group to address the pressures facing budget and staffing while building a unified service. This holding company model’s flexibility and ability to expand made it an attractive model for developing a unified service.

Method: After many failures at a full systematization of library services, library leadership shifted its approach for unified operations opting for a library holdings group. Using a holding company as the general model the core objective was to acquire assets in order to grow information services. Four methods of acquiring new resources were identified. These included acquisitions, new sales, partnerships and takeovers. In this manner the organization grew system-wide library services from a zero budget, zero employee entity into a fully formed group inside of a central budget.

Results: The library holding group was able to make 256 external acquisitions (individual budget line item transfers for items like journals and electronic resources.), 9 internal library acquisitions (whole department budget transfers) and 4 partial library acquisitions (partial budget transfers). These acquisitions along with three key resource partnerships and a new service agreement expanded the library footprint and nearly doubled resource access across the health care system. The library staffing model also created additional professional roles while retaining its core employees. This model did have implementation challenges: these included facing negative external image impressions, disruption of library staff duties and roles, and difficulty providing services to select patrons.

Conclusions: Creating a joint operations model that allowed for the case by case inclusion and exclusion of resources and services provided a great deal of flexibility over other all in models attempted in the past. Key lessons included learning how to audit organizational spending and how to sell services to potential acquisitions, and creating a holding group culture that attracted membership. Although many challenges remain the library holding group success points to a viable model of unified operations for libraries, especially for those within a larger corporate entity.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Journal Club: Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1Q50fSq 

Journal Club: Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition
Thursday, September 10, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by @TonyNguyen411

We're having a Journal Club discussion Thursday! However, we're going to chat about the latest Horizon Report, 2015 Library Edition instead of an actual journal this go around. 

Quite honestly, I think we can devote a week to each item listed within the report. However, we're going to do a quick gloss over points you would like to discuss. In that regard, it could be a semi-open discussion. 

To help add to the discussion, I want to share the topics not discussed in the 2014 edition:
  • Makerspaces – Makerspaces give educators an opportunity to engage learners in creative, higher-order problem solving through self-directed design, construction, and iteration. While academic libraries are undergoing significant change, the addition of a makerspace may solidify the library as a hub for students to access, create, and engage in hands-on projects.
  • Online Learning – Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have reopened the topic of online learning. Libraries can help facilitate the future of online learning by assisting with media production, connecting to special collections, and curating content.
  • Information Visualization – Researchers and scientists seek new formats that enable them to present complex datasets in a comprehensive manner. A number of skills (aside from technical skills to utilize creative software) were identified with information visualization: data analysis, design thinking, and contextual, inquiry-based exploration.
  • Location Intelligence – A growing facet of location intelligence is location-based services that will provide content customized according to the users’ location. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for example, assisted in the creation of a Study Buddy app. This app allows students, through secure authentication, the ability to check-in on their phone, use location data to share their coordinates, and find classroom peers to quickly form a study group.
  • Machine Learning – Speech recognition and semantic applications utilize machine learning that can not only input, retrieve, and interpret data but also learn from it. A number of companies are developing self-service data preparation software that learns and improves based on users’ interactions. Artificial intelligence could assist by mining data and adjusting library services in real time.
Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Academic and Research Libraries
  • Rethinking Library Spaces – A number of libraries are expanding to make room for active learning classrooms, media production studios, makerspaces, and other changes conducive to hands-on work.
  • Increasing Value of the User Experience (UX) – User experience is a common term utilized by companies like Amazon, Netflix, and Google. Designing high-quality experiences to help researchers and students navigate massive amounts of data and attract new patrons is a new area for libraries to develop and improve.
Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Academic and Research Libraries
  • Improving Digital Literacy – A lack of a consensus on what comprises digital literacy has hindered many libraries from developing adequate policies and programs that address the development of this competency.
  • Managing Knowledge Obsolescence – The rate at which information, software tools, and devices improve and change is exponential. Librarians need the ability and desire to constantly pursue and absorb new technologies and skills.
Join me Thursday with your choice of beverage as we discuss the horizon report and how you would approach this as an individual medical/hospital librarian, in support of your library, as well as for your institution. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Clinical Research Chat

Transcript: http://bit.ly/1hZsvLV

Clinical Research #medlibs chat
Thursday, September 3, 2015
9 pm Eastern/6 pm Pacific

Dissemination of research is a popular topic in the medical field today. Funding agencies, working with ever-tighter budgets, expect recipients to produce findings, interventions, drugs, and products that have a measurable impact on human health. But researchers don’t always plan for and/or think about disseminating their work in the right way to the right audiences, so that they can demonstrate the impact and secure future funding. Medical librarians (and librarians turned evaluators) have a host of tools available and a relevant skill-set to help in this area.

This Thursday on Twitter we’ll chat about some of these tools, skills, and ideas for providing researchers and clinicians with help in crafting the right message, disseminating it to the right stakeholders, and tracking the impact such actions have. Are you doing any work in this area? Are you using tools to track article-level metrics for individuals, departments, or administrators? Have you provided resources on this topic via your library? If so, please join in the conversation. If you haven’t, join in to learn about an emerging area for libraries and librarians to take the lead.

Chat wrangler this week: @mandosally (Sally Gore, Research Evaluation Analyst, University of Massachusetts Center for Clinical and Translational Science)