April 4, 2007

Articles of Interest 2.0

Posted in Articles of Interest, Professional Development, Web 2.0 / Medical Library 2.0 at 2:42 pm by Alexia

While reading a post on Squidoo on Infodoodads I stumbled across Brian Gray’s treatise on Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian 2.0.  On that site I ran into CiteULike, a site that “is a free service to help academics to share, store, and organise the academic papers they are reading.”  I am constantly running into articles I think would be of interest to other medical librarians, and see many postings on medlib-l sharing their articles.  It stuck me that CiteULike would be a great place to serve as a repository or our serindipitously or otherwise obtained articles.  I have created both a profile and a group (Health_Sciences_Librarians) to facilitate this sharing.  I am encouraging all to join CiteULike (all they ask for is a username, passoword and email address) and join the group (it’s open to all for now).

 CiteULike is easy to use.  Just add a “Post to CiteULike” bookmark to your favorites and whenever you run across an article from a variety of sources (including PubMed, but not OVID) just choose the “Post to CiteULike” link and all the citation information will be pulled into CiteULike.  Just add tags, reviews, etc. then click save and your done.  If you’ve joined the Health Sciences Librarians group the citation will show up in your library and under your username in the group’s library.  If full text is available you can obtain it from a link on CiteULike.  You can track fellow users or groups via RSS feeds or via watchlists on CiteULike.  The site even offers electronic tables of contents to over 11,000 journals (which you can add to your watch list).

This is a dynamic and useful site and I see lots of potential for information sharing among medical and health science librarians, many of whom work in one-person libraries.  CiteULike is a quick and easy way to share articles of interest and I hope many of you will join in the fun.

September 8, 2006

Library Rebooted

Posted in Career Development, Professional Development, Web 2.0 / Medical Library 2.0 at 11:24 am by Alexia

The Michigan Library Consortium is hosting a series of presentations over the course of 2006 and 2007 collectively titled Library Rebooted.  They have created a blog in conjuction with the presentations – Library Rebooted: Unwrapped!

In celebration of this event, we would like to introduce MLC’s newest blog, The Library Rebooted: Unwrapped! This blog exists to promote any and all aspects of Library 2.0. Featured guest posters include speakers at our upcoming special programs and experts in various library 2.0 technologies.

Comments are encouraged, though you have to obtain a username and password to do so.

I see this as an excellent opportunity for Medical Librarians to become involved and have their say within the general library community.  Though there are aspects of Medical Librarianship that have little bearing on public librarians and vice versa there are a lot of aspects that are relevant to all parties involved.  I encourage everyone to take a look at the blog and participate.  Let’s get our voices heard!


September 7, 2006

On being involved

Posted in Professional Development at 9:27 am by Alexia

Today I run my first general business meeting as MDMLG president.  In addition, I am a member of a panel presenting at the program portion of the business meeting.  The program is titled Stay Aware with Current Technology Pearls: Wikis, Blogs, RSS and Podcasting and should be very interesting.  I certainly hope so, I’d hate to fall flat on my face during my first presentation in many years.

This meeting got me thinking about the discussion a couple of weeks ago on the HLS listserv regarding MLA.  The MLA conference is great and worth attending if you can, but it’s not the only place to get programming and professional development.  Your state and local associations can offer a wealth of opportunities.  State and local associations are also a great place to start becoming professionally involved.

I’m going to put on my Hospital Library Section Professional Development Committee member hat for a moment and direct you to the Professional Development Committee’s web page.  Not only does it contain links to conferences, but also distance learning opportunities, professional tools, and links to national, state and local professional associations.  The page will go through some heavy updating soon, but is still a great resource as is.


August 22, 2006

Five Weeks to a Social Library

Posted in News and Noteworthy, Professional Development, Web 2.0 / Medical Library 2.0 at 9:06 am by Alexia

There have been many posts around the blogosphere regarding this online course, which will take place February 12 – March 17, 2007.  Right now the coordinators are looking for contributors.  I wanted to point out what a wonderful opportunity this appears to be in regards to a basic course on new web technologies.  The goal of the course is to reach as broad an audience as possible so while you will learn about social software in general deciding if and how to utilize any or all of the technology in your situation will be up to you.

Starting in September look for posts about my thoughts about how medical librarians can use social software, including applications I don’t think are applicable to us.

August 18, 2006

Friday musings

Posted in Career Development, Conferences, Professional Development at 8:46 am by Alexia

No, I have not fallen off the face of the Earth.  August is traditionally a busy month for me as I am in charge of the serials renewal, which needs to be to our vendor by September 1 to guarantee renewal.  In addition, several new, time-sensative assignments came due this week, and I had to prep for and run my first MDMLG Executive Board meeting.

If there was any uncertainty about how underepresented hospital librarians felt at MLA and how irrelevant they felt programming was, those uncertainties were laid to rest yesterday.  The normally “so quiet I sometimes forget about it” Hospital Library Section of MLA listserv offered a flurry of posts regarding JCAHO’s request for comments on the Management of Information Standard and regarding MLA programming.  Michelle Kraft has done a good job recapping the conversation regarding hospital librarians and MLA, I will not reinvent that wheel.  I also have my opinions on that but do not have the time right now to articulate them properly.  What I want to iterate today is barriers, other than lack of relevant programming, to attending MLA conferences and discuss possible alternatives.

There are many reasons medical librarians, especially hospital librarians, cannot attend MLA.  Funding is one reason, many hospitals are strapped for cash and, like it or not, do not feel continuing education for librarians is that important.  There are grants available, but that is a solution for only a handful of librarians.  Paying for a conference out of pocket is another option, and there are librarians who feel that attending MLA is so important that one should not hesitate to pay out of pocket if they were a true professional.  I do not know about anyone else, but I am a librarian at a Catholic hospital.  I don’t get paid enough to have a spare $2000 for MLA.  I won’t get on my salary soapbox here, that is enough fodder for several posts.  Lack of funds is not the only reason; some hospital librarians limit the number of staff members that can be gone from the library at the same time.  So, either only the library director attends MLA, or the staff rotates attendance, or staff attends different conferences.

I agree that MLA, or any conference for that matter, is best experienced in person but that is not always feasible.  Offering alternative means of “attending” MLA offers librarians the chance to keep up when they otherwise could not.

August 14, 2006

Alternatives to the MLA conferences

Posted in Career Development, Professional Development at 8:57 am by Alexia

There is no denying that attending an MLA conference is a wonderful experience but, for a variety of reason, I have not always been able to attend that particular conference.  A couple of years ago the library recieved an Advance Program for Internet Librarian.  Intrigued, I reviewed the materials and found that, as a techie medlibber, this conference had much to offer me.  I spoke with my director and she agreed that I should go.  I have not looked back since.

This conference offers a wonderful alternative to MLA.  The focus is technology, so this conference is not suitable for every medical or hospital librarian, but if you are in charge of any aspect of technology (including electronic resources) in your library I would highly recommend attending.  Speakers come from all aspects of librarianship: public, school, academic, and special (including medical).  The nice thing about this conference is that, for the most part, the technology is dicussed in general terms and is applicable to all types of libraries and librarians.

This year’s offerings look just as exciting as past years.  Oh, and Monterey is a wonderful place for a conference.  The hotel / conference center is quite near Monterey Bay.  Each morning, before the conference, I would grab a latte and head to the Fisherman’s Wharf their to drink my coffee while listening the barking of the sea lions.

If you have any questions about this conference please feel free to ask them in a comment, or you can visit the conference wiki.


August 11, 2006

2007 NLM training schedule available

Posted in Professional Development at 8:31 am by Alexia

From the NLM Technical Bulletin:

The 2007 schedule of NLM online searching training classes is available. These classes, along with the remainder of the year 2006 classes, may be found at the http://nnlm.gov/ntcc/schedule.html.

August 9, 2006

Podcast – Library Geeks 101

Posted in Professional Development at 7:27 pm by Alexia

Continuing education need not be limited to conferences, CE courses or professional meetings.  I have recently discovered podcasts and have found several that have helped me become more familiar with a variety of topics.  Podcasts will not give you indepth knowledge on a subject (as most are an hour or less) but instead you can get a rather good overview on a variety of topics.

Over at LibrarianInBlack I saw an announcement of a new podcast series called Library Geeks 101.  Lorcan Dempsey Dan Chudnov (thanks Alane for pointing out my error!) of One Big Library has posted the first podcast of the series, called Fun with OpenURL. talks to Ross Singer at the Georgia Tech library about OpenURL.  There are options to listen and subscribe via Odeo or iTunes.  I’m a little disappointed there is not Bloglines link as that is how I subscribe to my podcasts but I have downloaded iTunes at home.  Guess I’ll get a crash course in using that.