Module 2 Communities

Catching up with week two with Kyle’s video. Our community is health science students.  Kyle mentions organizational practices that include new purchases, new initiatives and possible staff changes. We have done a little of each.

Are you chasing the next big thing? There are a lot of libraries on Facebook and maybe Instagram, but I’m not too sure about Pinterest.  I have seen some great pins of libraries for K-12 and public libraries. Public libraries are also catching on to “maker spaces.” Would that just be a fad for medical libraries? What about 3D printing? Some larger medical schools and research departments are probably set up for 3D printing. That’s a big budget request for smaller public libraries. I think it comes down to the staff you have in your library to keep any idea moving forward.

How can staff build up the energy in medical library?  One way would be by greeting the students as they come in, or at the circulation desk. Our students do not want ANY kind of noise in the library. They have been known to balk at the ticking of a clock. Really, it happened, I was there. So what do we do now? We get out and have information tables at lunchtime and are planing some ideas for National Medical Library Week.

I felt more positive listening to Sarah Ludwig’s video. Community comes first. I liked her idea’s on equal time and attention. Be present, in person or virtual.Be Authentic. Make it possible to succeed. Integrate yourself with students and faculty.

Getting on with the readings, one statement in the”‘digital natives article” popped out at me. It was the section on information technology use and skills among young people where it said Frand (2000) “claims that . . young people do not even consider “computers” technology anymore. I felt like that divided me right there. Is there really a divide or just different learning patterns. If we, the Boomer generation had computers growing up, would we now be just as good as the next gen students? Some Boomers are really good with the “technology” of the time, some don’t have the opportunity, and others don’t care.

In the article “Know Your Students” I have heard students going to other students who have worked in the library for advice. Our work-study are like ambassadors. They need to know the resources we have and who to ask if they can’t answer questions. With our library liaison program we are trying to get students comfortable by knowing who we are and come to see us.

I found Weinberg’s video interesting, although since I was listening in the car while we were going to DE, my notes became muddled. How much information has been decided for us by marketers? How many books have we not seen because they were filtered out by the library? Even though we are a medical library, we have a very small collection of leisure books for staff and students. So yes, I filter out  books. Which brings me to his comment “that curation is inclusion vs exclusion.” Every day our librarian decides which book to buy in print or as an E-book; which book will go into the archives or added to the Institutional Repository.

Week 3 should be interesting coming up with ideas on how to have a more participatory library.



8 thoughts on “Module 2 Communities

  1. I hadn’t connected 3d printing with health libraries before. It is certainly out of our budget in the hospital but there are many opportunities I could see for the library – we could print bones to loan out for teaching purposes for example!


    • Thanks for that thought. I don’t think our library would be able to budget a 3D printer, but possible the MIS/IT dept. would put one someplace they could have control over it. One of the labs I think. I’ll have to ask our director if there has been any talk about it.


  2. I recently scanned through an article on Smithsonian magazine about uses for 3D printing in the health fields. Think “printing” new ears, fingers, etc. It’s still in the future, but apparently someone is out there thinking about it.

    As someone whose background is in literary studies, I am more interested in pondering why 3D printers in particular have captured such a share of the imagination in the public sphere.

    Great blog post, @julial


    • After closing out my Hyperlibmooc I had this message in my mail box from the NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Health Sciences Library System. With no registration it might be hard to log in. I’m interested in the funding part.
      What is 3D Printing and Why Your Library May Be Interested? (TechTime Session)
      Date: September 19, 2013 / 11 am – Noon (ET)
      Where: Online / No registration required
      Patricia will discuss the burgeoning topic of 3D printing, with a focus on medical applications, as well as the growing interest of providing access to 3D printers in a variety of libraries. Kimberley will discuss the use of a 3D printer in her library system, why they decided to offer the service, how they secured funding, and the response from their community. Log-in at and allow Adobe Connect to call your phone (the Dial Out option)


  3. @julial if you do manage to connect with that webinar, would you mind to post a summary of it either here on your blog or maybe in the medical & health librarians tribe? I suspect it would be really interesting to each of us in that tribe. I’d love to connect to it myself but (un)fortunately it’s in the middle of my commute home.
    @lissettegonzalez this is also an interesting question – why has 3d printing captured our imagination so much. I like to think it’s because the possibilities are endless and our imaginations can be turned into real life through 3d printing. But it does remind me of the scene in Big Bang Theory where Raj and Howard 3d print a whistle for much much more money than it costs to buy one (sorry can’t link to a clip as still at work).


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