Designing our Future

SC/MLA Program Notes

What does the future hold for librarians and our library programs? Learn from leaders in the field. Discuss ideas with your colleagues. Formulate a vision for your program and design a future for your library that will make a difference!

General Session I – Defining Our Future

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Keynote Speaker:

  • George Needham, Vice President Membership Services, OCLC

Reaction Panel:

  • Gabe Rios, UAB Lister Hill Library
  • Michele Kraft, Krafty Librarian blog hospital librarian

Focus: OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources and Environmental Scan. What is the perception of libraries; how can an environmental scan help plan for the future; how can librarians design their future. A panel will react and respond focusing on issues like resource allocation, re-tooling libraries, etc.

General Session II – Medical Librarians “in Context”: Working Outside the Library to Improve Patient Care.

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  • Laura Cousineau, MLS, MUSC Library, Assistant Director for Program
    Development & Resource Integration
  • Gautham K. Suresh, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
  • Pat Cawley, MD, MUSC Medical Director
  • Teresa Kelechi, PhD, RN, CWCN Associate Professor

Focus: Collaborative efforts in health care education. Programs at MUSC that identify and utilize the value that librarians bring to the healthcare team. Session will offer ideas for expanding the librarian's roles and value to the clinical care missions of the institution.

General Session III - Charting the Course for the 21st Century, NLM's Long Range Plan, 2006-2016

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Keynote Speaker:

  • Betsy Humphreys, Deputy Director, National Library of Medicine

Panel Speakers:

  • Academic: T. Scott Plutchak
  • Hospital: Jane Bridges
  • Special: Joycelyn Rankin

Focus: Addresses the impact of the NLM Long Range Plan on the NLM and, ultimately, the nation’s health sciences libraries. A reaction panel of SC/MLA librarians will discuss applying the vision and ideas in the Plan to better position their programs for the future.

Take time to enjoy Charleston, America’s most beautifully preserved city, where cobblestone streets wind past antebellum homes, and soaring church steeples stand watch over its harbor. Charleston has been for decades a place to inspire poetry, where horse drawn carriages offer a history’s eye-view of the Old South, and a simple stroll across town reveals beauty around every corner.  It is truly a playground for the mind, body and soul, a place of both historical ambiance and cosmopolitan flair.

Plan to join us in Charleston, the place where history lives and it is also a place where the New South comes alive!

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