One of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my career is teach. And to be frank I haven’t always been very good. I’m a work in progress.
I graduated with my MLS in the late 1980s, and during my time at SLAIS we talked about bibliographic instruction but I had no idea I would teach to the extent I have. I was often really overwhelmed by it all. Now, academic health librarians throughout North America and the world offer courses to support problem-based learning and some have opportunities to teach full semester-long (13 week) courses. I say enjoy it!
I started to teach at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies about 15 years ago. I have become a much better teacher over that time, and pursued additional credentials including a Master of Education degree. It’s been quite a ride.
Now, in 2015, I am teaching my introductory course on health information sources and services (LIBR534: Health Information Sources and Services, Sept 2015). I have an intrepid and really delightful group of MLIS and joint MLIS/MAS students in the fall cohort.
Last night, I asked them to spend some time to tell me confidentially one or two things that they have learned so far. I asked them to fill out the back of some old reference cards, and to put their responses in a brown envelope. Truly a blinded early assessment.
Here are some of their responses:
Naylor, D et. al. Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada. Report of the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. 2015. Ottawa: Health Canada.
This newly-released report is the product of a year-long consultation with Canadians, supplemented by literature reviews, commissioned research and discussions and deliberations of the Advisory Panel on Health Care Innovation.
The report identifies five critical areas for healthcare innovation in Canada:
CHLA/ABSC 2015 CE: Preparing for and Developing your Leadership Role
Don’t miss the early bird deadline. Why pay more? Register today: http://www.chla-absc.ca/conference/content/continuing-education
To: CHLA/ABSC & MLA Members and Future Leaders
Have you thought of taking a CE course at the CHLA/ABSC June 2015 Conference in Vancouver BC? Join us for this interactive and exciting new workshop on leadership. Whether you are considering a move into leadership or are already experienced at leading others, this workshop will play a part in helping you develop your leadership plans. One of the activities in this CE is to help you complete your own leadership workbook where you develop reflections, goals, challenges and a plan for success.
This is the only CE with six instructors, an impressive, knowledgeable group of facilitators who met each other at the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and who regularly share leadership advice and experience with each other. This CE is a rare opportunity to work with some emerging leaders some of whom come from health librarianship and other in related areas (providing multiple perspectives).
Please contact me off list for information.
Dean Giustini, MLS, MEd
UBC Biomedical Branch Librarian
Diamond Health Care Centre, VGH
2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver BC
A truly wonderful project and this example of Nasra Gathoni shows that one hospital librarian can have a big impact on her profession. “I strongly believe that doctors can’t do what the librarian can do….but by working together …we can save lives”
A librarian working with doctors to save lives [Research4Life]
Some of the other global testimonies of librarians making a difference:http://www.research4life.org/celebrating-the-unsung-heroes-librarians-and-research4life/
I am happy to report that MLA’s Ida and George Eliot Prize for 2015 goes to the Canadian-American research collaboration entitled Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare setting: a systematic review.
The paper is a true joint CHLA-MLA research collaboration. The Ida and George Eliot Prize is presented annually for a work published in the preceding calendar year and that has been judged most effective in furthering medical librarianship. The award will be presented at this year’s MLA conference Awards Ceremony.
Perrier L, Farrell A, Ayala AP, Lightfoot D, Kenny T, Aaronson E, Allee N, Brigham T, Connor E, Constantinescu T, Muellenbach J, Epstein HA, Weiss A.
Effects of librarian-provided services in healthcare settings: a systematic review.
J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):1118-24. doi:10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002825. Epub 2014 May 28.
The Ida and George Eliot Prize was established by Ida and George Eliot, friends of the Medical Library Association and owners of Eliot Health Sciences Books, Inc., Long Island City, New York. In the mid-1980’s Login Brothers Book Company acquired the company and continued to support the prize. MLA now supports the award. The recipient receives a certificate at the association’s annual meeting and a cash award of $200.00 after the annual meeting.
2009-2014 Award Recipients
In December 2014, the publisher Taylor & Francis published a white paper on social media which assessed how librarians use social media. It uses statistics and case studies to benchmark social media usage for libraries so they can aspire to best practices and approaches. Since most of you (my #libr559M students) have posted about your use of social media on your blogs, you can use some of the information (and findings) in the white paper for comparison (and talking points).
Some interesting assertions in the white paper which I am still trying to assess:
Take a closer look at the white paper, infographic highlights, and full supporting research, including top level data, a copy of the survey, and further analysis:
Hello, my name is Dean Giustini and I am an academic librarian and adjunct faculty member at UBC’s iSchool. I have taught courses on social media for information professionals for about ten years which, looking back to that period around 2004-2005, seems almost pre-historic in social media terms. At that point, we didn’t have Twitter, for example, and Facebook monetization was still many years into the future (2011). Who knew that these tools would almost completely dominate discourse on the impact of social media in the intervening years?
It’s that time of year again when Dr. Stephenson invites me to talk to the student librarians in her LIBR500 class. Since I last spoke to students, there’s been a laundry list of new social media tools that haven’t really caught on yet. Ello, for example, an attempt to rejig the social media business relationship with users. Uber even (well, we’ll watch what happens with that tool). I’ll report back after the workshop to tell you what I learned from Susie’s LIBR500 students.
LIBR 500 Social media workshop 2014 from Dean Giustini