OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series Presents, "From Books and Buildings to Information and Services" with Nancy K. Roderer on 16 January 2012 at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio

DUBLIN, Ohio, USA, 3 January 2012—The public is invited to attend this free presentation in person or online.

Technology has enabled remarkable increases in the volume of use of scholarly information, and medicine has been on the forefront of the expansion of access. Much of what the health scientist or practitioner needs is available online and is being used from offices, labs, clinics, etc.—that is, "wherever you are." The Welch Medical Library at Johns Hopkins University developed a strategic plan for a digital future in 2001/2 and adopted the tag line "wherever you are." Since that time, the library has been moving aggressively to the provision of digital information, complemented by librarians who also go to the user. While the new services are extensively used, these changes run counter to the traditional view of the library as books and buildings. In this presentation, Ms. Roderer will tell the story of the changes at the Welch Medical Library over the last ten years and discuss the potential implications of these shifts for other libraries.

Ms. Roderer is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and serves as the Director of the Welch Medical Library and the Director of the academic Division of Health Sciences Informatics (DHSI).

This Distinguished Seminar Series presentation begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC 14:00) and is followed by a question and answer session at 10:00 a.m. (UTC 15:00). You are welcome to attend this presentation in person or remotely via WebEx. Advanced registration is encouraged, but not required. Registering in advance allows us to alert you if the lecture should need to be rescheduled.

To attend in person, please RSVP by e-mailing disbrowk@oclc.org or calling OCLC Research at (614) 764-6073 and indicating your name, affiliation and telephone number.

To attend online via WebEx, please register here.

Complete details are available at the links below. A recording of this presentation will be made available online at http://www.oclc.org/research/dss/.

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CommComm posted on January 11, 2011 23:16

Sue Woodson and I always start off talking on one subject and in a hot second we’re singing the praises of Robert Duvall movies (from Boo Radley in “To Kill a Mockingbird” to “Open Range”) Sue belongs to the Southeastern Atlantic region of the NN/LM (National Network of Libraries of Medicine), where she chairs the Print Reduction Task Force.

Along with Kathy Danko, I asked her also about the completion of the Lilienfeld project. Sue mentioned that at her last presentation she remarked that, regarding the future of Welch, “we’re no longer an institution of cultural memory”. She said she could hear a pin drop in the room. It is a blunt assessment, but it hits the bullseye. Librarians, as “defenders of the realm”, didn’t take too kindly to her honesty. Sue further proclaimed that this is the mission of humanities library, but a medical library--- a library that supports clinical work, research, and teaching in medicine and health simply isn’t funded to do that work. There are space considerations tied to financial considerations, and the 3,000 pound elephant in the room is the out-of-this-world accessibility of online journals. You can get them at your desk, in the operating room, or at your favorite little café in Paris. Couple these along with the fact that medical information is not a fixed endeavor, and you can see how remaining status quo vs. initiating a brand new action plan----suddenly finds itself as an agenda item.

When I asked Sue if other medical libraries were feeling the crunch, she cited Duke University’s Medical Library, where they’ve recently given up a floor of their stacks (gone, sayanara, bye-bye) for precisely these considerations. Now, if you’re like me, the thought of orphaned books provokes one sad image after another, but Sue said the light at the end of the tunnel is that libraries are actively seeking “trusted non-commercial repositories,” such as the National Library of Medicine. Keeping books as true treasures makes everyone smile.

 Much like the ending of my favorite childhood story “Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel,”(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Mulligan_and_His_Steam_Shovel) the thought of this new course of action paves the way toward a happier conclusion.  


CommComm posted on December 8, 2010 22:54

I'm sure happy to post this because patrons always ask what our holiday hours are and I'm never-ever up on my holiday hour schedules. So here they are in black and white.

Alonzo LaMont

Welch Library building – holiday hours


Thursday, Dec 23rd – library closing at 12 noon (observed Christmas Eve ½ day holiday)

Friday, Dec 24th – library closed (observed Christmas holiday)

Saturday, Dec 25th – library closed (actual Christmas holiday)


Library will reopen on Sunday, Dec 26th with the regular Sunday schedule


Thursday, Dec 30th – library closing at 12 noon (observed New Year’s Eve ½ day holiday)

Friday, Dec 31st – library closed (observed New Year’s Day holiday)

Saturday, Jan 1st – library closed (actual New Year’s Day holiday)

Sunday, Jan 2nd – library closed (reflects the beginning of the new bldg. hours)


Library will reopen on Monday, Jan 3rd at 9am for patrons (staff report as scheduled)


And a special note to all Welch employees: Please check with your supervisor or department head if you have any questions.  Thanks!

CommComm posted on December 8, 2010 22:28

Here's a statement that the School of Nursing recently distributed regarding the changes to the Nursing Library. This is a follow-up provided by my hard-working buddy Christina Wissinger, who will be directly involved with the NIRC. Hopefully with this tidbit of clarity there will be peace in the valley, and everyone should have a fairly clear sense of the structure(s) in place for 2011.  Thanks, Christina.  


Many of you have already heard that the Welch Satellite Library located in the SON NIRC—the Nursing Information Resource Center—will soon become a “Welch Space” similar to the one now in operation at the School of Medicine and in the area currently being developed on the 9th floor of the School of Public Health. 

Beginning in January, the Welch Space will feature:

·         Welch librarians Stella Seal and Christina Wissinger onsite at SON from 12:30 to 1:30 Monday and Wednesday to help with searches and journal location.  Additional hours will be posted as needed, appointments can be made with the librarians, and both are available through e-mail (sms@jhmi.edu and clw@jhmi.edu)  The Space will not be staffed at other times.

·         The Reserve Collection intact where it is now located and operated under our Honor Code.    http://nursing.jhu.edu/academics/policies/#Academic 

·         Electronic reserves available through contact with Vivian McCall vcm@jhmi.edu

·         More resources located at a new Welch Library Nursing Resources portal site, online soon to meet your needs.  http://www.welch.jhu.edu/

As these changes occur, the SON is exploring how to better use the current NIRC space.  A recent focus group with students highlighted their increasing need for quiet study space with comfortable furniture, places for group meetings or study, and printers and copiers. 

We welcome more suggestions from students, faculty, and staff and have placed one of our suggestion boxes in the NIRC for this purpose.  Take a minute to share your thoughts and drop them in the box or e-mail directly to me. 

In the near future, we’ll be back to you with plans for how the NIRC space might be used to best meet our current and developing needs. 



Alonzo LaMont 

CommComm posted on December 8, 2010 21:58

This is a bit belated, but no less newsworthy. Consider this a Factoid to muse over: Over the summer Pubmed celebrated it's 20 Millionth Citation. 20 Million anything is a big achievement in my book. Coincidentally, PubMed Central added it's 2 Millionth full-text article the same day. Something tells me electronic access is here to stay. 

Alonzo LaMont

Stella Seal recently reported on the management of the transition of the NIRC into an Welch space.  Stella has plans to meet with the School of Nursing communication department regarding how to communicate the changes to the school’s faculty, staff and students; will be meeting with Christina Wissinger regarding development of a nursing portal; and will plan office hours to meet the needs of both faculty and students.

Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on December 8, 2010 21:01

Sue Woodson can't sneak this one by us. Sue presented at the Charleston Conference. Her presentation was mentioned in an article in the Chronicle:


 Actually, I picked this little nugget up as I was "snooping around" the Department Head minutes. just call me Sherlock LaMont. Sue sends me so many different items of note, but I guess modesty becomes her because not a word does she send about her own accomplishment down in Charleston. Congratulations Sue. And thanks to the Welch Department Heads for inviting me to post some newsworthy activities.

Alonzo LaMont

CommComm posted on December 7, 2010 20:33

I played Santa Claus and handed out goodies (a NOOK e-reader and 4 Barnes and Noble gift cards) to those lucky winners who participated in the Library Experience Survey a few weeks back. I wanted a group photo, but schedules's being what they are, I had to get them when I could. They were kind enough to meet me on my own turf. First up was Lisa Jacobson, who won the NOOK. Lisa took time out from her teaching and research to give me a smile. Seeing everyone be so joyful, I think I could give away presents for a living.


Olwande Ogunsanya was thrilled, and gave me his million dollar smile. I think he's going to keep filling out surveys from this point on.


I didn't have to tell Melissa Nastacio to smile and look happy----she was pretty photogenic to begin with----but she (along with the others) braved the cold and walked away doing the happy dance.

(Ok, it was too cold to do the happy dance)

Sallie Brovitz-Palmer trudged up from the other side of campus, and confessed that she'd never won any contests before. I think she was overjoyed to tell her husband of her newfound fortune.


Kyle Van Arendonk seemed to take it all in stride. He was tall, calm and collected but inside I know he was pickled tink, "hey, this medical life ain't so bad." Thanks to everyone who came and let me take a photo. There are 2 more gift card winners, but I haven't been able to track them down yet. There day will come.

CommComm posted on December 7, 2010 00:11

Update on Lilienfeld Library Services

Jane Schlegel and Claire Twose

We wanted to update everyone on the changes that are occurring on the ninth floor of Hampton House.  The physical presence of the Lilienfeld Library as we have known it is being closed as of December 20th , 2010 and the space will be renovated.  This move will both allow the library to concentrate staff time, money and resources where they are most used, and will allow the School of Public Health to create some much needed additional classroom, research space and various types of study space for students. 

Library services and resources used most by our faculty staff and students will continue uninterrupted:

·    Access to all electronic resources and services including high quality, relevant electronic journals, books and databases and electronic reserves remain available through WelchWeb and our specialized portals.


·    The core collection of books, almost 2000, that have been used or purchased within the last three years, are already available at Welch on the 5th floor of the stacks.


·    Public computers will continue to be available in the central area of the ninth floor.


·    Print reserve materials will continue to be available on the ninth floor or at Welch library, depending on the course.


·    Donna Hesson will continue to be the librarian assigned to the three departments in Hampton House and the MPH program.  She will have office hours Tuesday through Thursday 10 am - 2 pm and will be available by phone, email and by appointment at other times. 

SPH will try to minimize the disruptions with their renovations and there will be future updates.  We hope that you agree with us, that these are positive changes which keep us ahead of the curve in library services. 

CommComm posted on November 30, 2010 23:39

Don't I feel like Santa Claus---since I get to announce and distribute the Library Experience Survey winners who won a $25.00 gift card to Barnes and Noble, AND the person who won a NOOK e-reader. Hoopla! Hoopla! Hoopla!

The gift card winners are:

Olawande Ogunsanya, Health Science Informatics

Kyle Van Arendonk, Surgery Resident

Anastasia Rowland-Seymour, General Internal Medicine

Melissa Nastacio, Immunology

Emily Redding, Public Health

Sallie Brovitz-Palmer, Nursing

And our NOOK winner is:

Lisa Jacobson, Public Health

Congrats to all! Thanks for taking the time to fill out the Survey.   


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