Professional Development Award Blog post by Nell Aronoff

Guest Blogger Nell Aronoff

Guest Blogger Nell Aronoff

The UNYOC/MLA meeting in Saratoga Springs was an action packed couple of days. Nationally recognized librarians spoke about the work that they do and other UNYOC members talked about initiatives that they spearheaded in their libraries. The creation of an e-library for allied health workers in Bangladesh, writing retreats that coincided with chapter meetings, the consolidation of two service desks at an academic health sciences library, and the concept of “rapid onboarding” were all explored in a diverse set of project briefings. Posters and lightning talks rounded out the conference, which touched on many current issues in medical and health science librarianship.

As the librarian and liaison to the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences the University at Buffalo, I was particularly interested in the content that related to medical education. Assessment and evaluation of instruction sessions given to medical students and residents were addressed. There is a reason that students sometimes perform better in a pre-test than in a post-test! There was also a demonstration and discussion about how to set up an audience response system to teach evidence based medicine (EBM). Audience Response System Jeopardy seems like a fun way to introduce EBM concepts and engage learners. In addition to those topics, a couple of the talks centered on the Millennial generation as social media users, up and coming librarians or physicians, and as library patrons. Being a part of this generation made me think about what we can do as librarians to accommodate the needs and habits of Millennials in our library.

Towards the end of the conference, I gave my first professional presentation, a five minute lightning talk. Public speaking is consistently listed as one of the top things people fear, and it can still be intimidating for me even though I teach in front of groups regularly. Before the conference and in light of this new intra-professional context, there was some added pressure! As I got to know other members of the organization, this pressure subsided. Getting more acquainted with members of the group during the welcome reception, the dinner, and throughout the conference gave me a greater sense of belonging and helped calm my nerves. The new pressure was to keep to my five minute time frame! I nearly accomplished this feat, but ah well; there’ll be a next time!

Chapter Activities, Meetings, Member News

Flipped Update From NNLM/MAR and MLA

It’s always a good day to try something new.

For this year’s UNYOC Annual meeting, we are breaking from tradition by providing updates from NNLM/MAR and MLA a few days early.

NNLM-MAR update_2014

MLA Update_2014

Please take a moment before Thursday to review these slide presentations.  This way you’ll be  ready to ask the presenters your questions!

We are eager to try a more interactive approach to this program staple, but we need your help to make it a robust conversation.

Thanks in advance!

Advocacy, Chapter Activities, Meetings, Member News

Free Disaster Resources CE Class

We are happy to announce that the Pittsburgh RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Middle Atlantic Region) is funding the cost of our Continuing Education offering at UNYOC’s 50th Anniversary Meeting in Saratoga Springs, NY!

Here again is the course announcement:

The NN/LM MAR is rolling out training for the Disaster Information Specialist Program. To provide UNYOC members a head start in this process, Disaster Information: On the Road to Specialization will be offered on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 1-5pm at the Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Springs, NY, as part of UNYOC/MLA’s 50th Anniversary Meeting. The course will be held in the Blue Conference Room.

This class will be comprised of: Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics and Packing Your Digital “Go-Bag”: Essential Disaster Health Information on Your Mobile Device. Instructor: Michelle Burda, Network and Advocacy Coordinator, NN/LM MAR, Pittsburgh, PA. MLA Continuing Education Units will be offered for this course.

If you have ALREADY registered and paid, you will be refunded the $25 fee.

If you have NOT registered for the continuing education class and would like to attend, email me at the address below. You will need to bring your handheld device to class (smart phone, iPad or laptop). Free wireless connectivity will be available for the class.

You do not need to be a UNYOC member to attend this course, but you do need to send me your contact information if you would like to attend.

Hope to see you there!

Continuing Education, Meetings

2014 UNYOC Conference Abstracts

Only 5 days until UNYOC’s 50th Anniversary!

Next week we’ll all be gathered in beautiful Saratoga, NY to network with colleagues and hear all about the latest changes in health sciences libraries, librarianship, and health care.

For your reading pleasure, here are the UNYOC 2014 Annual Conference Abstracts.

 

 

Chapter Activities