Last week, librarians Katie Prentice, April Schweikhard, and I attended the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting MLA ‘17: Dream Dare Do in Seattle, Washington. We spent our time at the conference dreaming of innovations to implement here at the Schusterman Library, daring to connect and collaborate with other librarians from around the country (and beyond), and doing poster presentations and paper presentations highlighting work being done here at OU-Tulsa.
At the conference, we presented the following posters and papers:
- Doing More with Library Space: Assessment and Planning Through a Space Utilization Study - Katie Prentice, MSIS, AHIP and Erica Argyropoulos, PhD, MLIS
- Doing More with Facebook Data - Alyssa Peterson, MLIS and Katie Prentice, MSIS, AHIP
- Measuring the Impact of Library Tutorials in an Allied Health Evidence-Based Practice Course - April Schweikhard, MLIS, AHIP; Ken Randall, PT, PhD; Toni Hoberecht, MA, MLIS, AHIP; Alyssa Peterson, MLIS
In addition to time spent learning about subjects ranging from practical assessment strategies for marketing initiatives to developing data management plans, we also heard from a range of keynote speakers. Julie Angus provided us with strategies to overcome challenges and embrace the power of baby steps; Julia Sollenberger preached about the imperative to instill kindness and mindfulness into our practice of librarianship; and National Library of Medicine Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD gave us a peek into future of librarianship and the NLM.
After so much dreaming and daring at the conference, Katie, April, and I are happy to be back home at the Schusterman Library so we can begin to do what we’ve learned.