Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Service Beyond the Library

Service Beyond the Library: In-reach/Outreach
Thursday, May 17, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time

We know it's important for Health Sciences/Medical Librarians to provide outreach to meet the greatest number of users.

I'm going to use two different terms to help us navigate our users:
  • In-reach: Providing services outside the library but to internal user groups. Ex. you work at a hospital library but want to reach more users within the hospital.
  • Outreach: Providing services outside the library to external user groups. Ex. you work at a hospital library but want to offer consumer health information classes to a neighboring senior home.
Having these two terms will help me in building Thursday's discussion.

Here are a couple of questions that may come up:
  • What problems do you have getting out of the library for even an hour?
  • What struggles do you have with either in-reach or outreach?
  • What works for you in providing outreach/inreach?
  • What would you like help with regarding outreach/inreach (aside from extra staff because that's not happening)?
Have a good 'read' and get ready to chat about service beyond the physical library. I know from any and all previous Twitter chats we may diverge from the topic at hand and that's perfectly fine. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday's #medlibs chat!
 
Never participated in a Twitter #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and join us, we're a supportive community. See you Thursday, May 17th 9pm EST/6pm PST.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Making the Most of MLA '14

Edit: Transcript at http://bit.ly/1lUgCGe 

Making the Most of MLA '14
Thursday, April 10, 2014 
 9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time 

Please join #medlibs chat this Thursday for a lively chat about the important things to do at a Medical Library Association Annual Meeting aka #mlanet14. Never participated in a #medlibs or other Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community!

Of course, everyone's idea of important is different so experienced meeting goers need to join us to make sure the new attendees know your favourite part of the MLA experience.

Michelle Kraft has already made some annual meeting suggestions on her blog.

And the MLA '14 blog is already up and running, and suggestions for things to see and do are already appearing.

Be sure to consider joining Colleague Connection to expand your network.  New and returning attendees are matched up - and you get a free breakfast.  (added 4/10/2014)

Hopefully some people familiar with Chicago and the area around the Hyatt Regency Chicago (the conference hotel) will be able to suggest some good places to eat, drink, and shop.  Lunch suggestions are especially welcome.  And if anyone know if there are drug stores or grocery stores nearby, that would be helpful too. (Edit from @eagledawg, #mlanet12 Local Assistance Committee CoChair - also keep an eye on the #mlanet14 LAC webpage to have more details as the meeting gets closer!) 

But this is about more than just local information.  Networking is important at the conference and outside of regular conference hours, so we want those suggestions as well. And of course, some people will want to know where all the free food can be found.

I hope you will join us as I make my first attempt at hosting a #medlibs chat.

Margaret Henderson
@mehlibrarain

P.S. I expect an extra special threat from Kimberley Barker (@KR_Barker) this week.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Preparing for Twisters and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1dS1U06 
Preparing for Twisters and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night 
Thursday, April 3, 2014 
 9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time

Join your host Dan Wilson (@dtw2t) for a discussion about the value of disaster planning and tips for building a culture of readiness at your library.

Never participated in a #medlibs or other Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community!

Q1 Are you and your library adequately prepared for a sudden potentially harmful situation such as a tornado or an earthquake?

Q2 What should you do if you are at work and suddenly you hear gun shots?

Q3 When was the last time your library took part in a drill? What kind of drill was it?

Q4 Are you active in any emergency preparedness organizations, such as the Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), or the Medical Reserve Corps?

Q5 What roles might your library play in a major disaster?

From lead moderator Nikki Dettmar @eagledawg - one recent example of this with the Oso mudslide in Washington state is a small rural public library in the town of Darrington extended their hours and made Internet connectivity available for the community, and established a mudslide resource page including local agency contacts, news, and resources for coping with trauma.





Thursday, March 27, 2014

What's in a name?

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1pAMUTJ

What's In a Name?
Thursday, March 27, 2014 
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time 

Join your host Tara Brigham (@TBrigham) for a discussion on our job titles, our workplaces and ourselves this week. Never participated in a Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community!

Q1 What are you called?

Q2 Does it describe what you do?

Q3 Do you wish you could change your job title? Or have you already?

Q4 Do you think our titles mislead people into thinking we only do certain things?

Q5 What about the place you work - has that changed? Was it once called a library and is now called something different?



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Open mic chat this Thursday

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1iKOOB2 

Many thanks to Dan Wilson for rescheduling this Thursday's 'Preparing for Twisters and Other Things that Go Bump in the Night' for Thursday, April 3rd.

Feel free to hang out and chat about what's on your mind this Thursday, March 20th at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

NIH Public Access Policy chat

Edit: Transcript available at http://bit.ly/1goGjL0 

NIH Public Access Policy
Thursday, March 13, 2014 
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time 

Join your host Yingting Zhang (@inforocks) for a discussion on the NIH Public Access Policy this week. Never participated in a Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community!

The NIH Public Access Policy requires that all investigators funded by the NIH must submit or have submitted for them to the NLM’s PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication. The final published paper must be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the official date of publication in a manner consistent with copyright law. The final published paper must have a PMCID assigned within 3 months of publication. This policy is mandatory and applied to all NIH grants that were active in Fiscal Year 2008 (October 1, 2007- September 30, 2008) or subsequent fiscal years, and for all contracts awarded after April 7, 2008. Failure to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy could result in discontinuation of funding or no future funding.

For more information on NIH Public Access Policy, please visit its website: http://publicaccess.nih.gov/

Questions to consider:
  • What impact does this policy have on your institution’s researchers? 
  • As a librarian, what role do you play in assisting your institution’s NIH funded researchers to comply with this policy? 
  • How long have you been involved in this role? 
  • What approaches did you use to provide service in NIH Public Access Policy compliance? 
  • Did you have any resistance from the researchers in terms of consulting, providing workshops, or acting as a delegate? 
  • Do you submit manuscripts to PMC for your NIH funded researchers? 
  • Do you also assist them by submitting to your institutional repository? 
  • If yes, could you share your experience?

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Networking and Job Hunting

Edit: Transcript at http://bit.ly/1e7LQkV 

Networking and Un/Underemployed Chat 
Thursday, March 6, 2014 
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time  

Are you a library school student or new grad disheartened by nearly every job posting that comes through on MEDLIB-L (one of the major listservs for the medical library field) having 3 years of experience in the field as a qualification?

Do you have those 3 years of experience yet are not finding job opportunities that are a good match?

Stuck on how to even get rolling on the whole job search process? Check out Dean Hendrix & Michelle Zafron's Hire Me! Finding a Library Job resource.

Need some tips on networking or a refresher on general career tips? (you may want to scan an April 2013 #medlibs transcript)

Join your host Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg) on Twitter at #medlibs on Thursday, March 6th at 9:00pm Eastern/6 Pacific as we welcome Naomi House (@needalibraryjob), librarian and founder of INALJ.com (the I need a library job resource website).

Naomi founded INALJ in 2010 after finding her job on a listserv, wanted a way to share all jobs she and her classmates at Rutgers MLIS program found, and INALJ grew from these grassroots on up! Naomi reports that she has heard of free time but has yet to experience it herself.

To date over 1400 fans have found jobs and the website is going further international this year with jobs in France, Sweden, the Middle East/Arabian Gulf and South Africa. Speaking of international opportunities, keep an eye on the Medical Library Association International Cooperation Section's international job exchange.

Never participated in a Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community!