Combining resources, combining forces: Regionalizing hospital library services in a large statewide health system. Heather Martin, AHIP, Basia Delawska-Elliott
Facing mergers? This team of presenters went from 3 librarians to just one in the health system. They planned strategically by talking to stakeholders, literature reviews and SWOT analysis, aligning with organizations goals. They created a new team approach to services, which meant more efficiency, less isolation, more collaboration. Amazingly, they had to eliminate 80%of print collection first year and convert to electronic with budget decrease of 27% but they were able to gain 100 new titles and stay on budget.
Had to create one website for whole system, so created eye-catching design. Using VPN enabled mobile platform. Purchased discovery tool to help patrons identify location of resources.
They also began marketing and training services through newsletters, presentations at meetings, at training sessions, and embedded (even at the cafeteria!)
Partnering with postdocs: A library-hosted “how to” training series taught by postdocs. Carrie L. Iwema, AHIP
What is a postdoc and how do we share our resources with them? Postdocs have PhD but still have mentor. This school created “postdoc talks” to give postdocs teaching experience, gave feedback on teaching, gave letter of acknowledgment from library. The sessions took a “how to” approach, for 1-2 hour sessions, and had to be biomedically relevant topic.
They contacted postdoctoral associations and other partners, identified necessary library equipment and sent out an RFP- they ended up having 6 talks in fall, and 8 talks in spring. They promoted the events through online calendars, campus monitors, flyers, library newsletter, and email lists.
Overall, this project reduces library teaching load and increases marketing opportunities at minimal cost to the library. It also benefits postdocs as well with scholarly opportunities.
Future: better advertising, change talk titles to be less cumbersome, add abstracts to clarify topics, change scheduling to accommodate more people, and change program name so non-postdocs know they can attend.
How a health sciences librarian creates a different approach to library instruction. Gwen Wilson
Wondering how to change from one shot to embedded model? This session discussed using face to face, hybrid, or all online approach to instruction
How do you get embedded? Connect with faculty, learn about course and assignment, customize to their course, and get feedback from students and faculty. For grad students, try face to face help during their class time. For online classes, include relevant links for the students so they can access help and resources quickly.
Future technological practices: Medical librarians’ skills and information structures for continued effectiveness in a changing environment. Patricia F. Anderson
This group wanted to study emerging technologies, what librarians need to know and why. They looked at emerging technology reports, asked librarians and health care leaders for technologies and medlib roles, distributed survey for people they didn’t know. 45 respondents, 340 technology recommendations!
They also created 4 subgroups to help identify which technologies were relevant to which areas of practice. Then they developed search strategies for each technology. Future: to report on what is needed now, soon, and in the future for different types of librarians to equip us with emerging technologies.