How open are Medical Library Conferences? How easy is it to get the material discussed or presented there? And is it supposed to be available all the time and for free?
In this age of Open Acess, web 2.0 and the expectancy of the "users" -being us librarians, spoiled with Google:-) one would assume that much(if not all) is freely available via Conferences websites and/or social media. Why then do I find it hard to find the extra info about those events, including papers and slides and possibly even webcasts? Are we still not into the share-mode and overprotective to one's own achievements, or is it a genetic defect just being too modest as a librarian, satisfied with a quiet role in the background?
Please anyone, fill my gaps of knowledge in this. Is it ignorance by me, or is there a real issue? Hiding content behind a registration I cán understand, but it is missing the actual elementary necessity of trying to keep all medical librarians up to date in their struggle for basic "survival" and/or finding the new (digital) divides we need to tackle in this day and age of "medical information on the loose" on the web.
We need to share more. For the EAHIL you can see or find much of the content at:
- the EAHIL website
- The EAHIL Public Page (Netvibes)
- The EAHIl Search Engine that connects all content spread over the various Conference and Workshop websites.
The experience of the 12th EAHIL Conference in Lisbon and Estoril was impressive. It seems every year the EAHIL community gathered together for that one week gets more and more intense, socially and content-wise.
The Continuing Education Courses of this year touched the actual needs of many librarians. I want to bring a few special ones under attention.
- Friedhelm Rump
- António Vaz-Carneiro
- Strategic planning for health information libraries: a Quantum workshop | Gabrielle Derriks
- PICO workshop | Hans Ket and Marion Heijmans (all day)
- Navigating the evidence base: planning and delivering effective library services | Andrew Booth
Here are my tips for must-reads:
- Karen Buset - Use Web 2.0 to learn Web 2.0 - develop competences for the next generation library.
- Liz Brewster - "Read this, it's good for you!": using qualitative methodologies to explore service user needs and strategic aims.
- Medical Information Library & Knowledge: MILK or discovery of scientific information on health through social labeling: Connotea and CiteUlike.
Julia Alonso-Arevalo, Helena Martin-Rodero, Carlos Lopes, Maria Garcia-Puente, Angels Carles-Pomar (Spain)
- Blair Anton - An Embedded Informationist Service Model: expertise follows electronic resources wherever patrons are.
- Sheila Corrall - Positioning the Health Librarian as a Blended Professional: a framework for development.
- Tamas Doszkocs - Integrating Semantic Search, Federated Search and Biomedical Knowledge Base Technologies for Improved Services by Medical Libraries.
52 posters were available. As test we are uploading them to the EAHIL2010 Slideshare and link them to the overall EAHIL group. Hopefully the amateur pictures will be replaced in many cases by the digital version.
The current number of views seems to indidate that the posters find many viewers easily.
The Social Element
Many of the presentations need a good read afterwards, now made easier with the complete slides and papers available!
I found a wonderful social tool to share great meals and cookery: YUMIT, an original Spanish initiative, thanks to @bibliovirtual.
A lot of information about EAHIl2010 can be digested via social media:
- Twitter: read the EAHIL Tweet Archive via TWUBS or Twapperkeeper
- Slideshare: see the presentations uploaded
- Flickr: the EAHIL2010 Pool
- Delicious EAHIL Bookmarks