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NER’s Recent Town Hall Meeting

On February 26, NER hosted a Town Hall Meeting, inviting all Regional Advisory Council (RAC) participants and Member representatives to hear about different topics that will affect our work in the present and in the years to come. The goal of the meeting to was discuss new roles and opportunities for libraries, librarians, and the RML. The forum provided opportunities to learn about emerging trends in health care and discuss how these trends help us identify new roles for health sciences libraries.

At a previous RAC meeting, the RML, RAC participants and leaders from health sciences library associations helped identify broad areas of need that librarians, associations, and the RML, should be addressing (http://nnlm.gov/ner/blog/2009/10/13/rac-and-associations-planning-meeting/). The Town Hall meeting addressed at least three of the five issues:

  1. Redefining our roles as librarians: having an impact on broader healthcare delivery issues.
  2. The Professional Development Continuum: learning more about emerging areas in clinical and research disciplines in hospital and academic settings.
  3. Positioning ourselves as part of the health care team in order to impact broader health care delivery issues.

The National Library of Medicine recently issued its 2011-2016 Request For Proposal (RFP) for the Regional Medical Library Contract. Discussions will help shape the region’s needs and specific programs that proposed in response to the RFP.

Five topic areas were selected to explore and discuss. Expert speakers were asked to provide a briefing on the topic. Participants then took part in small and large group discussion in order to generate ideas about new opportunities for libraries and the RML and how to prepare or train for that opportunity.

We thank the participants for attending the meeting and offering their feedback on each of the topics. While participants found the meeting to be a valuable learning opportunity, RML staff gathered a great deal of feedback from which to synthesize and become the basis for formulating future programs.

Participants asked for the presentations to be made available. Below are the topic areas that were presented, the speakers presenting on that topic, and and a link to the presentation material.

Healthcare Workforce Issues: Linda Cragin, AHEC State Program Coordinator; slides

Healthy Communities: Cathy O’Connor, Director Office of Health Communities, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; slides

HealthIT: Nancy Peterson, Deputy Director New England States Consortium Systems Organization; slides

The Dynamic Academic Health Center: Len Levin, Head, Education and Clinical Services Lamar Soutter Library; Instructor, Department of Family Medicine & Community Health; slides

The Dynamic Hospital (Responding to HealthIT Requirements); George Brenckle, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, UMass Memorial Health Care; slides

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