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.