I’m totally thrilled that I’ve been asked to give the keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Health Science Libraries Network (MAHSLIN). This year’s meeting is organized around a theme of getting the word out and highlighting librarians’ contributions to the healthcare environment. Here are the details:
You Are Your Library!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Massachusetts Medical Society
“You Are Your Library!” is formed around the theme of promoting libraries, and in particular, your own. (For some recent perspective on the need for advocacy for hospital libraries, in particular, see Jerry Perry’s January 17th blog post on this topic.) Now about the “you”: while it may be the case that you have an amazing in-house and electronic collection and an inviting and comfortable physical space, it is unarguably true that the most valuable resource in the library is you – the librarian! So plan to join your colleagues in exploring ways to tout, advocate, market — whatever term works best for you — on behalf of your library’s most valuable asset.
If any of you out there are librarians in hospitals or at medical schools, I’m interested to hear what you consider the unique challenges are right now in your environments. In fact, I’d be interested to hear from any special librarians about the current state of your libraries. What kind of guidance could you use when it comes to outreach and marketing?