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Beyond the SEA: February 15, 2012 – The Changing Hospital Library Environment: New Roles for Librarians

Posted by on February 3rd, 2012 Posted in: Advocacy

Time: 12 pm ET

Topic: The Changing Hospital Library Environment:  New Roles for the Librarian

The Healthcare environment continues to experience rapid change affecting hospitals and hospital libraries.  Some of the things happening are outside the control of the Librarian but have big impacts on the Library and the Library Staff.  Some libraries/librarians are disappearing; others are adapting to these outside changes.  If you are one of those affected by these changes, what can you do?  This Webinar will look at some of the options available to you and will offer advice on how to re-frame your thinking, leverage your information knowledge skills, update your professional  ID/Brand, and offer examples of what others are doing to succeed in this turbulent environment.

Presenter: Sybil Bullock, MLIS, EdS, has had a full career as a Federal Librarian in medical, scientific, and technical libraries/scientific information centers.  Upon early retirement, she chose a new career track:  Teaching at the University of Alabama School of Library & Information Studies (SLIS), Tuscaloosa, Alabama as well as establishing a Library Consultant Business.

At SLIS she teaches courses in Scientific, Technical and Medical Information Resources, Special Libraries, Records Management, and Project Manager.  Additionally, she is the Intern Coordinator and places students in Intern positions world-wide.  She is currently working on a research project for the Director looking at establishing an international program for SLIS students.

In her  Consultant Business, she has recently completed consulting work for two urban hospitals in the Birmingham area resulting in the hiring of two medical librarians.  She has also completed consulting work for a law firm in California regarding federal scientific and technical information flow.  In addition to teaching and consulting, she  works as a part-time medical research librarian (primarily virtual) for two urban and two rural hospitals in the Birmingham area.

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Thoughts on "Beyond the SEA: February 15, 2012 – The Changing Hospital Library Environment: New Roles for Librarians"

Geri Bodeker says:

I was very disappointed in the “SEA” webinar this morning. Basically, the speaker’s message was “bail out, sell out, call yourself anything but a librarian, do a non-librarian job, pander to your constituency, rename your library, etc. etc”. I have to say this was a horrible message to put out there, especially to newly minted medical or health sciences librarians. There are so many success stories of thriving medical librarians out there amidst the sad stories that should have been at least mentioned or highlighted. This presentation was tragic.

Thanks, Geri. We appreciate the feedback. We very much like to feature as many ideas as possible, including opposing ones. I do feel, however, that the first half of the webinar featured good suggestions regarding how to stay relevant and successful and keep one’s library and position afloat.

Sybil Bullock says:

Thank you for your comment, Geri, and you have valid points regarding success stories of thriving medical libraries/librarians. In fact, a webinar highlighting successful librarians’ stories would be of value to all of us. I have always and will continue to call myself a librarian and have no apologies for that. My plan for the presentation was to give as many options for our current and future librarians as possible and to give “real world” advice on how to be successful in whatever environment you choose.

Linda Barnette says:

I enjoyed the website, and from my previous career of Human Resources, found all the suggestions very sound. As I approach completion of my MLS to begin a new career in Medical Librarianship, I need all the tips I can receive to equip me to “sit on the other side of the desk.” I took notes and posted them on my course’s in Blackboard.

I was particularly intriqued with the idea of an e-Portfolio..I plan to begin creation of one, and would benefit from any information available about that specific topic (my birthday is in July, so I may need to begin hinting for an IPAD to carry with me to interviews!).

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