Please tell me it isn’t true! I saw on the MCMLA list that Barb Jones is retiring. I have heard through the grapevine that this column will be closed as well. I am a hospital librarian, and have been so interested in what topic you will discuss next through the years.
Sad with the news Sarah
Thank you for writing. Yes, I’m sorry to say that Barb Jones is retiring, and yes, this column will be retired as well. Since you have connected these retirements, you may also have figured out that I am the “feathered representation” of Barb.
I have enjoyed “hooting” with you through the years; your interests and questions have given me much food for thought and content for the discussions in this column. All of the librarians reading this column have all contributed to the conversations held here. I have learned about you and the challenges you face through your emails, phone calls, and chats in classes and conferences. I have heard great ideas from you about how to dissect the difficulties and challenges you face. In fact, if you go back and read this column’s past postings, you may find yourself in some of these same conversations.
I want to thank you all for your willingness to share with me and with each other. You have challenged me to work harder and dig deeper to work on the issues confronting health sciences today, and that challenge has resulted in many of the tools I (along with many others) have created to help you. So, now it is time for me to challenge each of you.
My invitation to you is to continue to use the tools we have built together. You can find them all on the NNLM MCR Advocacy web pages.
Make sure that you work with either your manager or a financial officer from your institution when determining the assigned values.
After you have done that, plug your services and their assigned values into the library valuation calculators to see what the Return on Investment and Cost/Benefit Analysis of your services are.
I cannot promise you that the road ahead will be smooth and trouble-free, but I can promise you that there will always be a need for your skills. It is up to each one of you to determine how and where you can best use your abilities to serve physicians, nurses, patients, and families.
Best wishes to you all. Should you see me flying around the region in my retirement, be sure to stop and say hello. Retirement is not “goodbye,” just a rearrangement of schedule and priorities.