Monday, May 25, 2015

MLA 2015


MLA 2015 Meeting Chat
Thursday, May 28, 2015
6:00pm Pacific/9:00pm Eastern on #medlibs
Led by Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg) even though she wasn't there

Whew! Are you finally caught up on work after Austin during the Medical Library Association meeting last week? What caught your attention there? What are you and your colleagues/fellow students talking about now that you're back in the office/at school? What's ahead?

Come share your thoughts and perspectives! Never participated in a #medlibs or other Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community and are especially keeping an eye out to welcome and support your participation if you've just heard about this community for the first time during the meeting.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Open mic chat

Open mic #medlibs chat
May 14, 2015
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

What is on your mind regarding our field besides strategies for not ruining your shoes with the thunderstormorific forecast in Austin for the Medical Library Association annual meeting? Are you packed and ready to go? 

Your #medlibs lead moderator Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg) may or may not be on Twitter Thursday at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific time because she is freaking out big time with her second Masters graduation on Friday and has one final class meeting during our chat time. Please send quality reading material and chocolate. Never participated in a Twitter hashtag chat or #medlibs chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we are a supportive community and especially welcome students and newcomers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Changes to MLA 2016 Meeting


Changes to the 2016 Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 7, 2015
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Led by @krafty and @tlknott

The 2016 meeting will be in Toronto and will be a joint conference with CHLA-ABSC and the International Clinical Librarian Conference (ICLC).  This gives us the perfect opportunity to work with the conference structure and see where we can make some changes that better fit the needs of members.  The Futures Task Force listed several suggestions for changing the annual meeting.  So tune in to the chat this Thursday May 7, 2015 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern to learn about some of the changes that will be happening.  Also help us brainstorm any changes that we can work on for future meetings.  Just like Rome was not built in a day, planning a conference takes years. So some great ideas may take a while to get in the system but we are listening.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Making the most of MLA 2015 in Austin


Making the Most of MLA 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Led by @eagledawg (who will not actually be there) - others who will be needed!

Join in #medlibs on Twitter to get ready for the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting (#mlanet15) in Austin, TX which is just around the corner in May!

Here are some helpful pre-planning steps, and we'll edit to add more during the discussion. See you then!

  • MLA 2015 Blog - stay on top of the latest pre-meeting news with fun contests
  • Set up your schedule - by planning ahead of time, including some alternate options for crowded sessions and emergency nap sessions, you'll  
  • Colleague Connection - sign up by May 4th to pair up new/first-time attendees with those who are experienced with the MLA meetings to network and make the most of the meeting
  • Restaurant Guide - get the locals' take on the places to go, also available in Google Maps
  • Bring a book to donate - support the Relevant Issues Section book drive for Texas prisoners 

Friday, April 17, 2015

Journal Club: Harnessing the Power of Game Dynamics


Journal Club: Gamification
Thursday, April 23, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern / 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by @TonyNguyen411

We're having a Journal Club discussion Thursday! #medlibs will have a chat on the following article:

Kim, B. (2012). Harnessing the power of game dynamics. Why, how to, and how not to gamify the library experience. College & Research Libraries News, 73(8), 465-469. Available at:

I have a few reasons why I selected this article, but that'll likely come up during the discussion. Here are a few questions we'll consider:

1.    What examples mentioned in the article sound implementable within your institution?

2.    Have you already applied game dynamics at your work? Why/Why not?

3.    What lessons have you learned if you have applied game dynamics?

4.    Are there any tools that you can share with the group who are looking to implement game dynamics within their institution? What about tools used for instruction?

Join me Thursday with your choice of beverage as we discuss this article and how we can utilize game dynamics within our profession. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Chat with new MLA Executive Director


Medical Library Association Executive Director #medlibs chat
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Led by Teresa Knott (@tlknott) & Michelle Kraft (@krafty)

Hey #medlibs, have you been curious about the new executive director of the Medical Library Association (MLA), Kevin Baliozian?

Kevin joined MLA on January 15, 2015 and has worked with the MLA Board to move rapidly to assess and refocus our energies on addressing strategic issues. These efforts are being shared in the MLA Full Speed Ahead blog.

Have you been reading the new MLA Full Speed Ahead blog? To date, Kevin has shared three blog posts:

Polish up your questions and your thoughts about MLA’s future for our special guest on Thursday, April 16 with @KevinBaliozian, we look forward to having you join us! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Reverse mentoring


Reverse Mentoring #medlibs chat
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Led by Teresa Knott (@tlknott) 

What does reverse mentoring mean? To me, it acknowledges that while we tend to think of mentoring as being a hierarchical relationship, it can and should be a relationship based on sharing expertise or knowledge regardless of a perceived hierarchical relationship. People at every stage of their career have expertise and knowledge that is valuable to the community and colleagues.

If I don’t know how to use Twitter beyond sending a simple tweet, I can use the expertise of someone who leverages Twitter to gather information and build relationships with experts. My best source of such information could well be from someone like Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg), who has a great deal of expertise in social media and readily shares what she knows.

From my perspective, the most successful mentoring relationships are mutually beneficial – each party gains valuable knowledge from the other.

Questions to consider:
  1. Have you had a successful experience in a reverse mentoring relationship? What made it work well?
  2. What areas of expertise do you believe are ripe for reverse mentoring?
  3. Would this be useful to add to the Medical Library Association’s expertise database?

Here are some articles that you may find useful:
Reverse Mentoring: What Age Can Learn from Youth from American Express Open Forum

Best quote from the article comes from Alan Webber, co-founder of Fast Company, explaining reverse mentoring:  “It’s a situation where the old fogies in an organization realize that by the time you’re in your forties and fifties, you’re not in touch with the future the same way the young twenty-something’s. They come with fresh eyes, open minds, and instant links to the technology of our future.”

Reverse Mentoring from Clutterback Associates
Reverse Mentoring Cracks Workplace from the Wall Street Journal