Monday, February 23, 2015

Horizon Report Chat


Horizon Report 
Thursday, February 26, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Co-led by P.F. Anderson (@pfanderson) & Kimberley Barker (@KR_Barker)

Horizon Report Trends (All Years)

The Horizon Report is a highly valued annual from the New Media Consortium which tracks and predicts emerging technologies that are expected to influence various aspects of academia. There are several reports, covering a range of educational domains, with the two of most interest to the medical library community being the Library Edition (newest released August 2014), and the Higher Education Edition (newest released February 2015).

The reports are structured around new technologies, trends, and issues shaping our environments. How relevant are they to those working in healthcare environments? What do medical librarians need to know about the issues and technologies? Let's find out when we talk about them!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Leadership and Management Chat


Leadership & Management
Thursday, February 19, 2014
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Teresa Knott (@tlknott)

According to Peter Drucker, “management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Over the last 10-15 years, there has been a great deal more focus on building leadership skills while downplaying management skills.

To me, they are complementary skills that come together to create a successful organization. I think this graphic sums it up nicely,

 Here are some questions we may address on Thursday, February 19:

  •  What traits did your best managers share? 
  •  What characteristic should every leader possess? 
  •  What mistakes do you commonly see leaders make? 
  •  Do you have resources that you would suggest for people to improve their management or leadership skills? 
  •  What are you doing to ensure that you continue to grow and develop as a leader? 
  •  What is the best advice you’ve gotten about building management skills? 
  •  Where do you see leaders in your organization? 
  •  Is leadership or management different in hospital or academic libraries? 
  •  How have you found opportunities to grow you skills in management and leadership? 
  •  If you’ve done a leadership program, what was the most important takeaway? 
  •  How have you seen line librarians move into management or leadership positions in flat organizations?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love & Hate Chat


Love & Hate in Medical Libraries
Thursday, February 12, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Michelle Kraft (@krafty) and Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

We had so much fun with this chat last year we're reprising it this year! One day you are Katrina and the Waves and you are "Walkin' on Sunshine" everything is good and falling into place.  Your searches are matching up just perfectly with MeSH, patrons are writing thank you emails, the CEO just praised you, and a new project is going like gang busters.  Life in the library is perfect.

BUUUT the next day (or week) you are Joan Jett growling, "I Hate Myself for Loving You" as nothing you do seems to be working.  PubMed keeps crashing, patrons are upset because you can't get the article from the  Journal of Big Toe Science written in Hindi rushed the same day and translated into English, your budget was cut more than expected, and administration or IT (take your pick) throws cold water all over your pet project.  Life in the library is like a bad relationship, where "I Love To Hate You" from Erasure can be the norm sometimes.

Like any career, medical librarianship has its ups and downs.  Saturday is Valentine's Day and to get in the spirit the #medlibs Twitter chat will be having fun discussing our love/hate relationships with medical librarianship.

So grab some wine and chocolate and curl up with your laptop and chat with us this Thursday 9pm eastern.  Don't forget to follow the hashtag #medlibs to watch and participate in the discussion.  Lurkers and late arrivals are always welcome.

For more information or questions tweet @eagledawg or @krafty or drop us an email.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Scheduling chat


Topics & Scheduling/Open Mic  

Thursday, February 5, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time

Led by Nikki Dettmar (@eagledawg)

Thanks to your ideas and interests we are solidly scheduled through Winter, but Spring and the Medical Library Association meeting in May 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!