I just want to mention that back in 2009 Ohio governor made an unanticipated announcement proposing a 50% cut to funding for public libraries. If this cut went through many Ohio libraries would have been closed. It was the librarians of those libraries and the librarians in the state of Ohio that mobilized. They did not wait for ALA. On the day of the governor's announcement the hashtag #saveohiolibraries was created for Twitter to categorize Twitter messages. A Facebook group was started and had over 50,000 members in 3 weeks. A librarian (not ALA) created the website www.saveohiolibraries.com where she tracked the latest developments. The social media movement was so strong that the Ohio funding issue hit the national stage with Neil Gaiman and Perez Hilton. The legislators received between 37,000-45,000 emails in one week on the issue. While cuts did happen, the campaign was considered a success because more than $140 million was saved and many public libraries were saved. I don't know whether social media is our answer. My point is that in the very beginning it was regular plain ol' working librarians who started and fought the good fight. They didn't wait for ALA to do something with all of its lobbying staff. -----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 [log in to unmask] 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 of > 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 librarians. > > 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. 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