Five out of the six librarians here are in our pre-retirement years, ages ranging from 60-62, so retirement planning is of concern to us -- if we all retired around the same time we could leave the institution bereft of library historical knowledge, let alone experience.  We'd all like to go part time, but we're responsible for our families' health insurance.  Maybe we could go on 9-month contracts but that would be something new for the (faculty) librarians here (might be possible if we spread out when we took off -- not just summers -- we'll see).

My pre-retirement activities have included volunteer time with faith-based medical teams in third-world countries providing free health care to the poor.  I usually provide "logistics" support that help the doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses, NPs, optometrists, etc.  I've also been able to help two hospital libraries in Kenya with their technology needs and a Moldova public library who had staff who wanted to share librarianship techniques while on these trips.  I'm heading out to Zambia next month.  Anyone heading out to Myanmar? 

Craighton Hippenhammer
Information Technology Librarian
Benner Library & Resource Center
Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, IL 60914

>>> "Kennedy, Joy" <[log in to unmask]> 5/8/2008 9:08 AM >>>
You take on a volunteer job without competing with working librarians by choosing a job that wouldn't get done unless a volunteer did it.  That something extra that a library would like to provide.  Tours, for example.  Helping out at programs by checking people in, handing out and collecting handouts, anything to make the speaker more comfortable.  Providing a regular tutoring class at the public library on using the internet to find health information.  Setting up and maintaining the history of a hospital, identifying people in pictures, digitizing them and making them available through cooperative public and historical library projects.  Digitizing hospital newsletters, clipping files for use by historians, collecting and transcribing local history from retiring doctors, healthcare workers.  Doing a unit at the local school library on finding health information for a school project.  Creating websites of links to health information on the internet for the school or public library.  I can come up with LOTS of ideas of volunteer opportunities for librarians with a health background.  While some of these projects might be parts of professional library jobs at some libraries in many situations the money would never be available to take on these extra projects on a long term basis--a grant to set up but continuing money might be hard to come by.  Oh, and by the way, helping a library write grants would be an excellent service for a retired librarian.

Re the SIG, how about broadening it to including not only retired librarians but Pre-retirement librarians who might be interested in retirement planning, parttime jobs in retirement, volunteering opportunites, etc. etc.

Joy C. Kennedy, MLS
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Northwest Community Hospital
Health Resource Library
800 W. Central Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-2392
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Medical Libraries Discussion List 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On 
> Behalf Of Feddern-Bekcan, Tanya
> Sent: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 3:45 PM
> To: [log in to unmask] 
> Subject: Re: [MEDLIB-L] Hopeful Retiree or (not dead yet) Retiree
> What a great idea!  I hope this SIG goes through; the 
> profession is due to lose a number of important mentors and 
> colleagues through retirement.
> I just have one question, and I hope I don't get flamed too 
> much for it.  How does one take on a volunteer job without it 
> competing with working librarians?  
> Take care,
> Tanya
> Tanya Feddern-Bekcan, MLIS, AHIP, MOT, OTR/L
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> 305.243.6648 - [log in to unmask] 
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> EBM Theme Co-Director & Reference and Education Librarian
> Louis Calder Memorial Library - University of Miami Miller 
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> ________________________________
> From: Medical Libraries Discussion List on behalf of Ursula Scott
> Sent: Mon 5/5/2008 12:08 AM
> To: [log in to unmask] 
> Subject: Hopeful Retiree or (not dead yet) Retiree
> Are you thinking of retiring and want to continue to 
> contribute to MLA?
> OR  Already retired? 
> Who:     Retired Librarians SIG   (initial planning meeting)
> Where:   MLA    Hyatt Regency              Field Rm.
> When:    Monday, May 19    3:30-4:30 PM
> What:  Ideas for a Retired Librarians SIG
> Create a community of librarians who share information on retirement,
> volunteer jobs (that do not compete with working librarians) 
> and find a
> way to share our information with the next generation.
> Possible activities:
> Speak with scientific associations publication committees on the
> implication of NIH Public Access Policy & PLoS
> Mentor people in the profession
> Help libraries with disasters, floods or fire
> Share travel information--travel for fun or travel to foreign 
> countries
> to do volunteer library work
> Share retirement information-how to retire, what to do, what to
> consider, financial, etc.
> Share volunteer activities like literacy, overseas libraries, National
> Parks Service, Williamsburg, museums, meals on wheels
> Share info on paid short term projects at libraries to develop a
> special report or investigation or other part-time work
> Ursula Scott, M.S.L.S.
> University Librarian Emeritus
> Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
> PO Box 1038
> Burtonsville MD 20866
> (240) 498 5678      [log in to unmask]  or [log in to unmask] 

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