Join us tomorrow for what is sure to be a lively discussion on killing sacred library cows on #medlibs this Thursday at 9pm Eastern.
As I mentioned in my post on the #medlibs blog…
The library environment has changed drastically and is continuing to do so. The library of 5 years ago is different from the library today. For example, the iPhone had just been released, there were no iPads and the idea of a “downloadable” ebook had just been introduced by Amazon Kindle. There were a very limited number of Kindle and certainly not intended for medicine. Yet many of us are doing the same things we did as librarians 5, 10, 15, 20 yrs ago. We were stretched thin back then, so there is no way we can now add things to our repertoire without giving up something in return. We must look at what we do in our own libraries and evaluate whether it is necessary, whether it helps our patrons or helps us. To really evaluate our services we need to look at EVERYTHING including the sacred cows of the library. We need to ask ourselves, do we need to check in journals, catalog books, make copies, eliminate the reference desk, fuss with circulation, etc. The right answers will depend on the library. A large academic library might need to still do cataloging but does a small solo hospital library with 4 shelves (not ranges) really need a catalog system much less spend time cataloging books? Some of these ideas are dangerous and even somewhat heretical librarian thinking, but I feel we need to discuss them. For more background on sacred cows and heretical librarian thoughts check out my summary of my keynote address I gave at the Midwest Chapter annual meeting.
We need to look at, evaluate and slaughter some sacred library cows. IT makes no sense for us to spend our time doing things that are no longer relevant or used by our patrons. That isn’t to say that we should have never done them. Everything has its time and place. It might be hard to give up, but we can’t just do things because we always have. We need to think like our patrons and for many of us that means completely taking off our librarian hat and looking at ourselves from a patrons view point. That may mean we come up with answers that are uncomfortable, that borderline on librarian heresy. But that is what is needed.
This Thursday’s #medlibs discussion at 9pm Eastern will discuss the idea of thinning the herd of library services so that we can grow healthy new opportunities.
Molly Knapp (@dial_m), Amy Blevins (@blevinsa) and I (@krafty) will be moderating the discussion. As always we will be using the hashtag #medlibs but if you want to further the discussion before/during/or after the regular Thursday night time use the hashtag #moo.
The best way to get the most out of your MLA membership is to get involved. For new members it can be a bit daunting. But never fear, the MLA New Members SIG is having a Hangout this Friday December 6th at 9pm Eastern.
If you are a new member you may not know exactly what a SIG is. A SIG is a Special Interest Group. SIGs are “ad hoc groups open to all members of the association. SIGs range from a series of informal meetings on a specific, short-term issue to an established subgroup within an MLA section.”
There are 21 SIGs in MLA (view list here). SIGs “provide a forum for members with unique interests to identify and meet with others with similar interests without having to fulfill the governance requirements of Sections. SIGs are generally created as less formal and more flexible organizational units, with the advantages of fewer reporting and no minimum membership requirements.” IMHO think of a SIG as the light version of Section. (For more information on SIGs go to MLA or my blog post.)
A SIG for new members is a great way to get some exposure and involvement in MLA because it is less formal and more flexible.
So if you are new member please consider joining other new members at the New Members SIG online event this Friday, Dec 6 @ 9pm Eastern.
They will be talking about the New Members SIG, preparing for MLA 2014, MLA resources, strategies for networking and meeting other medical librarians, and just getting to know each other.
More information can be found here http://bit.ly/1cVg0I2
While the Hangout is geared for new members, it is open to all.
The Globe & Mail has a story about our most recent commentary, on the cluttering of Canadian federal government food policy committees with food sector representatives whose financial interest isn’ t necessarily the same as the public interest in policy supporting a healthy diet--and so better health for Canadians. You can see the article, by journalist Carly Weeks, right here.Topics: food policymediahealthy diet
The Medicine 2.0 movement is largely led by Dr. Gunther Eysenbach at the University of Toronto. His landmark article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, which he edits, was published in 2008 and is entitled “Eysenbach G. Medicine 2.0: social networking, collaboration, participation, apomediation, and openness” (as well as its companion piece Health 2.0 and medicine 2.0: tensions and controversies in the field). These papers are central documents in understanding the complementary web 2.0 trends e.g., Health 2.0 & Medicine 2.0 …they are definitely worth a close reading.
Now, five years later, the Medicine 2.0 movement in 2013 is hosting in London its sixth international congress on social media (and mobile apps and ‘web 2.0′). I really wish I could attend….However, in looking at the online abstracts, I can see that there is a good Canadian presence at the conference, and a considerable amount of content for medical and health librarians interested in medicine 2.0 topics. (Download the conference document and search for Canad* and librar* to see what I mean).
Note the oral presentation by CHLA/ABSC members on pg. 331
Helen Lee Robertson, Jill Boruff, Dagmara Chojecki, Dale Storie, Lee-Ann Ufholz. “What are they really doing on that smartphone? How medical students, residents and faculty use their mobile devices”
This version is very close to being the final version. However, I like to step away from the content for a few days and let it smoulder a bit, and then I go back to it and revise further. You’ll notice some different assignments and some focus on trends in health librarianship (i.e., economics, library closures, globalization, data issues). Feedback welcome. DeanLIBR 534 Health information sources services from Dean Giustini
“Social Media in Clinical Practice” is his new book and earns a solid four (4) out of five stars from me. The only reason it doesn’t reach five (5) out of five stars is because I didn’t evaluate a print version of the book and therefore can’t comment on the quality of the binding, typeface and pages of the print. The digital copy I reviewed was more than satisfactory and in full colour (see free preview).
Published by Springer in August 2013, Dr. Meskó’s “Social Media in Clinical Practice” is an excellent introduction to social media tools and practices in medicine. Its intended audience is physicians, medical students and other health professionals but I could see it having audiences beyond to consumers and patients. The book provides an array of social media links, websites and other pointers to information but specifically is rich in links in the appendices. The book is more than a mere catalogue of social media links, however. It provides useful context about using the Internet for medicine and some fine chapters on searching the web (i.e., Meskó covers a variety of search tools as well such as Google Scholar, Wolfram Alpha and even PubMed). All librarians should read these sections to determine how physicians perceive search engines and open web searching.
“Social Media in Clinical Practice” is structured very well. It’s organized in sixteen (16) chapters and a conclusion, with satisfactory index and appendices. The book is compact, and highly-selective about navigating the web in the 21st century — especially when Meskó is generous in sharing his understanding. The author should be applauded for taking on a fast-moving topic liks social media especially for his practical approach to writing in the English language (which is a major reason why I buy books like this). A small point about language: in some cases, phrases and words used could have been edited for readability. Clearly, however, Meskó has a flair for figuring out what matters in social media and medicine — and who better to tell us than a medical futurist and worldwide leader in the area? Meskó’s years of blogging and curating websites and pathfinders which he builds at his website “Webicina” (http://www.webicina.com/) have helped him to express himself succinctly.
The book is filled throughout with helpful figures and tables, and excellent chapter overviews called “Key Points”. Just in case you want emphasis, the book provides salient references, simple tests and “next steps” in order for you to implement a social media tool such as a blog, wiki or virtual conference. In the online version I reviewed, many of the embedded links are live and take you to the many examples discussed by Meskó.
The book is destined to become widely-used and cited. It’s a good summary of the “state-of-the-art” in social media and medicine (including mobile devices) in 2013.
See the original review at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Social-Media-Clinical-Practice-Bertalan/product-reviews/1447143051
Dr. Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD is a double doctorate (Doctor 2.0) and a social media star. His new book entitled Social media in clinical practice has just been published by Springer. I’ll be reading the book this week and will post a full review. It seems clear to me that this is a very practical introduction to social media for physicians, medical students and other health professionals. There are tons of links, websites and other useful tips and tricks in the book.
The book also seems to be highly-selective about what it discusses (which is always why I buy books like this) and Meskó clearly has a knack with figuring out what really matters. His years of blogging have helped him cut to the facts, and express himself succinctly. Here’s an example of what I mean: it’s a screenshot of the section on wikis and the few wikis he mentions includes HLWIKI International.