Archive for October, 2013

“Inside Embedded Librarianship” Recording Available

October 18, 2013

(Updated October 30)

The link to the “Inside Embedded Librarianship” webinar has been restored! Both the recording and the slides are available via links on the SLA Education Division website at http://education.sla.org/embedded-librarianship-webinar-resources/ . Thanks to Lesley Farmer and the SLA Education Division leadership for intervening to get access restored.

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“Inside Embedded Librarianship” Webinar Soon!

October 11, 2013

Sorry for the late posting on this. Simply an oversight on my part.

In a few hours, I’ll be presenting a webinar, entitled “Inside Embedded Librarianship,” for the SLA Education Division. Time is Friday, Oct. 11, at 1:30 p.m.  US Eastern time. (I’m posting on Friday at about 10:00 a.m. US Eastern.)

We’ll review the essential characteristics of embedded librarianship, explore key trends, share practices of successful embedded librarians, and have time left over for questions. It’s free and open to all and (as of now) there’s still time to register.

Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/121949849

In case you don’t see this in time or have a schedule conflict, I understand that the Education Division plans to make the recording available. I’ll post the link when I have it.

Audacious Goals for Law [and Other] Librarians

October 7, 2013

By the way, I’ve posted my presentation (co-authored with Matt Foley) to the Australian Law Librarians’ Association at http://www.slideshare.net/davidshumaker/audacious-goalsalla2013pdf .

I hope non-law librarians will enjoy it too!

A “Shout Out” to My Friends in Australia

October 7, 2013

I recently returned from Australia, where I participated in the annual conference of the Australian Law Librarians’ Association in Sydney. It was a rich learning experience, and a lot of fun. I look forward to keeping in touch with the new friends I made.

After the conference, I also had the opportunity to visit Macquarie University, where I met with Mary Simons, the embedded librarian in the Australian School of Advanced Medicine.  (See Mary’s paper “Time to rethink the role of the library in educating doctors: Driving information literacy in the clinical environment” (Journal of the Medical Library Association, 100(4), 291-296. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.100.4.011) for insights into her work.)

At lunch with members of the library staff, I learned a subtle but important distinction between Australian and American use of the term “shout” that Americans would do well to keep in mind. Where in the U.S. we’ve come to use “shout out” as slang for “recognize” or “acknowledge” (as in the title of this post, which means, “An Acknowledgment to My Friends in Australia”), it turns out that in Australia, to “shout” for someone is to pay for = to pick up the check. So, Americans, when in Australia beware of “shouting out” to your friends — or you may find yourself stuck with the tab for everybody in the pub!

(p.s. to my friends in Australia: I’ll definitely “shout” for a round next time I visit — and I hope it will be soon!)