Monday, July 27, 2015

Hits from the Lit

Hits from the Lit
Thursday, July 30, 2015
9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
Led by Molly Knapp (@dial_m)

It's been well over a year since the last Hits from the Lit. Let's reconvene and share your favorite citations you've encountered while mucking around in the database trenches. We'll have a healthy laugh and get back to the serious business of #medlibs after this week.

Suggested (but certainly not limited to) categories:

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Oral History chat


Oral History #medlibs chat
Thursday, July 23, 2015

9:00 pm Eastern/ 6:00 pm Pacific
Led by Jana Lieberman

Come and join us on Twitter during the #medlibs chat for an informal discussion about the ”whys”, “wherefores”, and “hows” of oral history techniques that everyone can use. The Oral History Association defines oral history as: A field of study and a method of gathering, preserving and interpreting the voices and memories of people, communities, and participants in past events. All of us can participate in oral history projects personally or at our institutions in order to preserve memories or provide continuity for current practices.

The Medical Library Association (MLA) has an Oral History Committee who has been completing oral histories with notable medical librarians since the 1970s. More information about the oral history project can be found at: MLA has developed an oral history manual which guides the work of the committee and gives insight into MLA practices.

We’ll see what we are already doing, talk about methods, and brainstorm future projects within our institutions and beyond! Come and join us!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Institutional Repositories Chat


Institutional Repositories: Thoughts on Making It Real
Thursday, July 16, 2015
9:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Pacific

Are you considering standing up an institutional repository? Have experience standing up an institutional repository? Join us on Twitter for our #medlibs chat as we discuss institutional repositories (IR) on with Jimmy Ghaphery (@jimmyghaphery), head of Digital Technologies at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries, as our special guest.

Just over a year ago, the VCU Libraries stood up an institutional repository, Scholars Compass, using Bepress software. Electronic theses and dissertations were shifted from DSpace to Scholars Compass.

According to Wikipedia, an institutional repository (IR) is an online archive for collecting, preserving, and disseminating digital copies of the intellectual output of an institution, particularly a research institution.

There are many approaches to setting up IRs:
  • Choosing and customizing a platform
  • Open source or commercial
  • Local or hosted
  • Mediated use or self-service access
  • Policies and procedures
  • Defining success
  • Relationship to national repositories

Please bring your expertise and/or questions for this conversation on setting up an institutional repository.

Selected resources:
Burns, C. S., Lana, A., & Budd, J. M. (2013). Institutional repositories: Exploration of costs and value. D-Lib Magazine, 19(1-2). doi:10.1045/january2013-burns
Connolly, Ann.  bepress (2015). How am I Doing? A Framework for Repository Benchmarking

Salo, D. (2013). How to scuttle a scholarly communication initiative. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 1(4), eP1075. doi:10.7710/2162-3309.1075

Open Source IRs:
Proprietary IR software:
Digital Commons (Bepress)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Krafty Goes To Washington


Thursday, July 9, 2015

9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific time
#medlibs Twitter chat
Led by Michelle Kraft @krafty

Actually the title of this post should be Krafty and Others Went to Washington, but I was having a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment and the title I used seemed to ring better than the longer one. Thankfully my post's title is about all I have in common with the movie staring Jimmy Stewart.  
As president of the Medical Library Association, I and the Joint Legislative Task Force (which includes some MLA members, AAHSL members, president of AAHSL, and some MLA staff) went to Washington DC to talk to members of the Senate and the House of Representatives regarding the funding of the NIH which in turn funds NLM.  The task force divvied up into three groups and the members of the three groups met with aids and staffers from their respective states.  I met with Senator Rob Portman's staff and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge's staff.  

The #medlibs chat will be a bit in the spirit of my "behind the MLA scenes" posts I do on my Krafty Librarian blog where I write about things happening within in MLA that aren't secret but people may not necessarily know about.  I will be chatting about my experience going to DC talking to staffers, their understanding of NIH and NLM, and in general how this type of talk can help any librarian wanting to get discuss their cause with somebody else.

So, come share your thoughts and perspectives! Never participated in a #medlibs or other Twitter chat before? Check out this overview and come on in, we're a supportive community and are especially keeping an eye out to welcome and support your participation if you've just heard about this community for the first time during the meeting.