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.