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Hospital Library Forum

The Three Ps of Hospital Library Success-

A forum focused on strategies for hospital library survival:
being proactive, political and practical

Flying Librarian

The forum is sponsored by the
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region
in conjunction with the
Pacific Northwest Chapter/MLA Annual Meeting,
October 2, 2004, the Washington Athletic Club, Seattle, WA

Forum Overview

The Three Ps of Hospital Library Success is a forum focused on strategies for hospital library survival: being proactive, political and practical. It is sponsored by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR) in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (PNC/MLA).

This forum came into being when, at regional and state meetings and a recent NLM site visit to the NN/LM PNR, network hospital librarians expressed concern that many of their libraries were struggling to survive.
It brings together hospital librarians with advocates and representatives from important constituencies: health professionals, hospital administrators, information technology professionals and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The day includes panel discussions, problem solving sessions, time for questions and answers and sharing of ideas.

We hope that the forum will

  • Inspire hospital librarians to put into practice some of the new ideas they gather.
  • Motivate hospital librarians to use the practical tools they learn about to help them show their value.
  • Create a support network for hospital librarians among their colleagues and their advocates so they do not feel isolated.
  • Present ideas about advocacy for hospital libraries that will be put into practice by PNC/MLA, the RML, WMLA, OHSLA, MLA and other regional and national groups working together with hospital librarians.

Program Agenda

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Registration, Coffee and Muffins*
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM Opening Remarks
Cathy Burroughs, Acting Associate Director, NN/LM PNR
Maryanne Blake, Education Coordinator, NN/LM PNR
9:15 AM - 11:00 AM Panel of constituents & advocates
Edward L. Weber
Susan Bott
David L. Bjornson
Keith Cogdill (presentation - PowerPoint Icon)
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM Question and answer period
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Breakout session 1. (Question and ideas generated)
11:45 AM - NOON Breakout session summaries
NOON - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Panel of librarian colleagues
Martha Leredu (presentation - PowerPoint Icon)
Rosalind (Roz) Dudden (presentation - PowerPoint Icon)
Ruth Holst (presentation - PowerPoint Icon)
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Question and answer period
2:15 PM- 2:45 PM Breakout session 2. (Question and ideas generated)
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Wrap up and evaluation (suggestions generated from the forum evaluation question, "What else can the RML do to help advocate for you and your library?" )

*Special thanks to the Oregon Health Sciences Library Association (OHSLA) for sponsoring the morning coffee break

Forum Committee

Maryanne Blake, Committee Chair, Education Coordinator, NN/LM PNR
Susan Barnes, Resource Sharing Coordinator, NN/LM PNR
Cheryl Goodwin, Library Manager, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Ellen Howard, Head, KK Sherwood Medical Library, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle WA
Gail Kouame, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM PNR
Linda Milgrom, Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM PNR
Cathy Burroughs, Acting Associate Director, NN/LM PNR
and

With thanks for additional input from Laurel Egan, Butte, MT;

Kathy Martin, Oregon City, OR; Sue Jacobsen, Mt. Vernon, WA; Kathy Fatkin, Idaho Falls, ID