I echo Michelle's call to get the word out in ways besides our profession journals. I have been able to share more thoughts and insights, successes and failures, and a general view of my role in the Library, particularly as an informationist, through my blog than I ever imagined when I started it a year and a half ago. I hear from librarians, yes, but also from researchers, from the public, from friends who haven't a clue of all of the things librarians do today - all because of that blog. It's a way to educate, raise awareness, and promote the work that I do (the work that librarians do) to so much wider an audience. It's certainly not the only mode of communication that I use, but it's invaluable in helping stakeholders understand my, and the library's, value to them. It absolutely takes time to develop a following, but it's well worth it. 

"The stories you tell about the work you do have a huge effect on how people feel and what they understand about your work, and how people feel and what they understand about your work effects how they value it." - Austin Kleon, "Show Your Work"


Sally Gore, MS, MS LIS
Research Librarian & Informationist
Lamar Soutter Library
UMass Medical School
(508) 856-1966

Blog: Librarians Wear Many Hats
ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6160-2011

-----Original Message-----
From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Kraft, Michelle
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:33 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Thought on Library closing thread

I might say that I don't care if a hospital librarian makes it journal worthy for publication. Just write about it somewhere. Get the info out!
Share it on a Tumbler or WordPress blog. I think I remember a while ago Hospital Libraries Section used to have an area on their site where people could submit projects or examples of things that they did that worked. 
Get out and share your information.  

The main reason I started writing my blog was because I wanted to share information and I didn't have time to write it up for a journal article and some of the information was helpful but wasn't journal "worthy."
That didn't stop me from trying to share it though.

Additionally I would like to say it takes more time to do the actual project, collections, services or other library work than it does to quickly write a paragraph or two about what you did and share it.  The majority of my blog writing is done when I am at home sitting in front of the TV while the kids are asleep.  It is no skin off my nose time wise and the benefits have far outweighed any negatives.


-----Original Message-----
From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Christine Marton
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 1:15 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Thought on Library closing thread

Some of us, myself included, did our LIS studies part-time while juggling one or more jobs. Writing a journal article is not that different from writing a course assignment. You already have all the raw data from your library - e.g. usage statistics, user satisfaction surveys, etc.. So consider it a weekend endeavor.....

Christine Marton, PhD
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On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:41 PM, Walker, Evelyn
<[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> These are grand lofty ideas but not practical at all as many of us are

> one-person librarians working on a part-time basis.  Just saying.
> Evelyn L. Walker, BA, MS.
> Health Science Librarian/CME Coordinator St. Vincent Medical Center
> 2131 W 3rd St
> Los Angeles, CA.
> 213 484-5530
> 213 484-7092 (F)
> "Whatever knowledge you find for yourself leaves me more time to find 
> other knowledge for you.
> Whatever knowledge I find for you leaves you more time for your
> patients".   Jerry Carlson, MLS, AHIP., Medical Librarian, University
> Colorado Health
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]

> On Behalf Of Christine Marton
> Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:32 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Thought on Library closing thread
> I agree completely. We need to improve our visibility vis-a-vis 
> clinicians by attending their meetings and conferences AND *making
> presentations* at this events.
> On a related note, it would be nice if hospital librarians would write

> more often about their collections and services, as well as any 
> feedback surveys they have conducted, and publish in our profession's 
> journals, in particular, the *Journal of Hospital Librarianship*. More

> journal articles about the state of hospital libraries would create a 
> critical mass of evidence about the value of hospital libraries and
> Christine Marton, PhD
> [log in to unmask]
> On Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 11:34 AM, Mimi Guessferd
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> > EXACTLY! We have to stop lamenting to ourselves about the lack of 
> > job security and get busy showing administrators what we do for them

> > and their staffs, and why libraries need to be part of the equation 
> > going
> forward.
> >
> > I'm not physically in a hospital library now, but provide virtual 
> > services to a facility whose administrators unilaterally decided to 
> > close the library during a time when they needed to cut funds fast.
> > The library was under HR at the time, which transferred 
> > responsibility
> > of the now librarian-less physical library to the Med Staff 
> > department
> > - which balked at the decision to let the librarian go, and found a 
> > way to hire a librarian to at least provide rudimentary ILL and 
> > literature searches. It's not a perfect situation for them, but they

> > get some services, which they feel is important.
> >
> > I was a part of the NER Hospital Library Advocacy committee that 
> > tried
> > to advocate for libraries as rumor of new cuts reached us. It wasn't

> > a
> > failure, but it also wasn't making enough of a difference to make it

> > worth the effort many people made to try to advocate to save 
> > individual libraries one by one throughout New England. We need a
> larger scale advocacy plan.
> >
> > Bottom line, we medical librarians have to publish in THEIR (admin, 
> > hospital, medical, and nursing) journals, go to THEIR conventions, 
> > preach to the decision makers and make our points BEFORE they decide

> > closing the library is a great way to cut costs. It may sound like 
> > guerrilla advocacy, but it's what we need to do to stay relevant.
> >
> > Mimi Guessferd
> > Evidence-based Knowledge Management Services - NH [log in to unmask]
> >
> > And
> > Ass't. Head of Reference Services
> > Geisel Library / St. Anselm College
> > Manchester, NH 03102
> > [log in to unmask]
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Joan Zivich [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > Sent: Friday, January 24, 2014 11:12 AM
> > Subject: Thought on Library closing thread
> >
> > I am forwarding this to a colleague of us - she is a previous 
> > medical librarian and is in a new position.
> >
> > Please see below and reply to her directly.
> >
> > Joan Zivich
> >
> >
> >
> > Hospital based librarians NEED to go to the medical meetings and
> speak.
> > Hospital based librarians need to submit requests to talk about what

> > their libraries contribute to the bottom lines.  CEO's go to state 
> > Hospital Association meetings and national Association of Hospital 
> > Meetings.  Docs go to state medical meetings and national medical 
> > meetings.  When I've been to AHA and a librarian presents, people 
> > listen.  Historically librarians seem to think we have nothing to 
> > contribute, that no one will listen to us as medical librarians.  I 
> > think we would be amazed at how legitimate our presentations will be

> > if we just  get into their environment and talk about what we 
> > contribute.  We cannot wait and depend on what our leadership can do

> > for us, but we the librarians in the field with the experience can 
> > contribute.  With a little research, some of the stats from the 
> > published articles and our own knowledge combined with Power Point 
> > we can speak out and be heard.  We just need to apply to the state 
> > and
> national meetings when calls for presentation and p!
> >  apers go out.  Then we need to do more planning and keep putting 
> > all info out there one meeting at a time.
> >
> > Will be glad to help anyone who want's to do this,
> >
> > Ellen
> >
> > Ellen Schellhause, MSLS
> > Director
> > Maitland Public Library
> > 501 S. Maitland Avenue
> > Maitland, Florida 32751
> >
> > Ellen Schellhause <[log in to unmask]>
> >
> >
> >
> > 407-647-7700
> > (former Health Science Librarian Indiana, Illionis, and Kentucky)
> >
> >
> >
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