An Introduction to the Library for Graduate Students

6 11 2010

Below is a presentation I gave at the “World of Science”. This is a 3-day course for graduate students that aims to provide them the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for scientific research, and to prepare them for their thesis at our hospital, the AMC.

The 3-day program comprises a series of presentations on aspects of medical and biomedical research. These include the position of the pharmaceutical industry, the role of scientific journals, the ethical and legal framework of medical research, and the organization and funding of scientific research in the Netherlands. There is also an introduction to the scientific strategy of the AMC, presented by the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

Furthermore there are group discussions, workshops, and individual assignments.

The course is held outside the AMC. It provides a unique opportunity for a closer and more personal meeting with each other and with leading AMC scientists, to discuss such matters as the choices they made in their careers.

I had 15 minutes (actually 20 minutes) to tell something about the library. (It used to be 30 min. but wasn’t received so well). That is too short to explain searching to them. Furthermore that is dealt with in our courses, so why give it all away?

I choose to show them how the library could serve them, in an interactive and loose way.

First I asked them how they saw the library. Many, if not all, used our website. Pfff, that was a relieve!

I spend most time talking about searching, showing  examples of searches that failed. Which is the best way to show them they might need some extra education in this respect.

The atmosphere was very good & informal, there were many questions and it was sometimes quite hilarious, not only because of the presentation itself, but because I almost managed to ruin the screen (fell against it) and because I walked away with the microphone.

I had the opportunity to listen to the next speaker too, a young scientist who recently finished his thesis. His talk was great to listen to. He talked about his experience (which was not really representative imho, because it was quite a success story) and he gave the would-be PhD’s 10 handy tips. All in a very entertaining way.

But for now, here is my presentation.

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Fighting “Powerpoint-Death” by Science, Prezi or…?!

24 08 2010
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Recently Kevin Clauson [@kevinclauson] made another great presentation, called the “Science behind Engaging Students in Class”. The presentation focuses on the use of “clickers” or an audience response system (ARS) to engage the audience (here mainly students in a class). It is an expanded version of “How to Fight Lecturalgia“.

First Kevin asks the audience questions about their knowledge/use of ARS -using the ARS system, of course-. Next he goes more deeply into the need to engage the audience (attention span, boredom) and then he addresses the successes and pitfalls of ARS.

Each statement has a scientific underpinning, and a reference to it.

For instance, one conclusion is that use of ARS improves performance with analytical type exam questions, but not with memorization exam questions.

Kevin stresses that ARS  it is just another tool, albeit a powerful one.

Of course you have to avoid the usual presentation-killer aspects of PowerPoint, like including too many slides, bullets and data, as so wonderfully illustrated by the famous “Dead by Powerpoint” presentation. I included it below, in case you’ve never seen it.

It also contains recommendations how to  improve your PowerPoint.

This following video elaborates on the same theme. It is called “Life after Death by PowerPoint”. Not an appropriate name, because it only magnifies Powerpoints killer-points. You might enjoy it though (if you can put up with the canned laugh).

Below is another presentation about the science of presentations. And although I noticed little science in it, I did find the CEO-presentation interesting because it discusses the use of live tweeting (and blogging) to give “contagious talks” (you know Twitter going “viral”).





Presentation at the #NVB09: “Help, the doctor is drowning”

16 11 2009

15-11-2009 23-24-33 nvb congressenLast week I was invited to speak at the NVB-congress, the Dutch society for librarians and information specialists. I replaced Josje Calff in the session “the professional”, chaired by Bram Donkers of the magazine InformatieProfessional. Other sessions were: “the client”, “the technique” and “the connection”. (see program)

It was a very successful meeting, with Andrew Keen and Bas Haring in the plenary session. I understand from tweets and blogposts that @eppovannispen en @lykle who were in parallel sessions were especially interesting.
Some of the (Dutch) blogposts (Not about my presentation….pfew) are:

I promised to upload my presentation to Slideshare. And here it is.

Some slides are different from the original. First, Slideshare doesn’t allow animation, (so slides have to be added to get a similar effect), second I realized later that the article and search I showed in Ede were not yet published, so I put “top secret” in front of it.

The title refers to a Dutch book and film: “Help de dokter verzuipt” (“Help the doctor is drowning”).

Slides 2-4: NVB-tracks; why I couldn’t discuss “the professional” without explaining the changes with which the medical profession is confronted.

Slides 5-8: Clients of a medical librarian (dependent on where he/she works).

Slides 9-38: Changes to the medical profession (less time, opinion-based medicine gradually replaced by evidence based medicine, information overload, many sources, information literacy)

Slides 39-66: How medical librarians can help (‘electronic’ collection accessible from home, study landscape for medical students, less emphasis on books, up to date with alerts (email, RSS, netvibes), portals (i.e. for evidence based searching), education (i.e. courses, computer workshops, e-learning), active participation in curriculum, helping with searches or performing them).

Slides 67-68: Summary (Potential)

Slide 69: Barriers/Risks: Money, support (management, contact persons at the departments/in the curriculum), doctors like to do it theirselves (it looks easy), you have to find a way to reach them, training medical information specialists.

Slides 70-73 Summary & Credits

Here are some tweets related to this presentation.

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Symposium “Since Spoetnik”

3 11 2008

As can be read in the ‘About’ section, this blog was started as part of the online course SPOETNIK on NEW (web 2.0) internet communication methods for librarians. The main target group consisted of UBA (University Library of Amsterdam) librarians. In total, there were more than 160 course members, each having his own blog.

Now, a half year after the course finished, the organizing team, UBA-spoetnik, organizes a symposium to learn from each other what has been done with the knowledge obtained.

Does web 2.0 knowledge matter to your work and/or daily life? Do you use RSS to keep abreast of the latest developments in your area? Did you catalog all your books in Librarything? Did you continue blogging and is your blog becoming popular? How will new applications affect library service?

These are the questions that will be addressed November 26th in a nice old building in Amsterdam, de Doelenzaal.

Program

14.00 Opening by Robin van Schijndel
14.10 Since SPOETNIK – part1: Blogging after SPOETNIK by Jacqueline (alias Laika)
14.25 Since SPOETNIK – part2: Colleagues about SPOETNIK by Alice Doek
14.40 Group discussions
15.30 Koffie- en theepauze
15.45 Feedback from the discussion groups
16.15 Since SPOETNIK – part 3: New applications by Pascal Braak
16.30 Closure and drink

I’m very excited to meet my Спутник in real life. Although we organized a small meeting directly after the course, I couldn’t attend it. I hope that many Спутник will be there now.

For those Спутник reading this posts and coming to the symposium, are there any issues you would like me to address in my short presentation “Blogging after Spoetnik”?? You can mail me or give a comment here.

See you at the symposium.

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Symposium: “Sinds Spoetnik”

Dit blog werd gestart als ‘n onderdeel van de online cursus SPOETNIK over nieuwe web 2.0 communicatiemethoden voor bibliotheekmedewerkers. De cursus werd georganiseerd door de UBA (Universiteitsbibliotheek van Amsterdam) en richtte zich vooral, maar niet uitsluitend) op UBA-medewerkers.

In totaal, deed een onwaarschijnlijk groot aantal cursisten mee: er zijn wel meer dan 160 blogs aangemaakt. De voorloper van deze cursus, 23 dingen, was even succesvol, hetgeen aangeeft dat dergelijke cursussen toch in een behoefte voorzien. Een behoefte die ik zelf niet echt onderkend had. Ik deed gewoon maar mee om te kijken of ik er wat van opstak. Wat web 2.0 of bibliotheek 2.0 nou voorstelde, ik had er geen idee van. En blogs? Niet interessant, ik las ze nooit. Maar nu ben ik 180 graden om.

Ik vind het dan ook heel leuk dat de organisatoren een half jaar na het afsluiten van de Spoetnik-cursus het “Sinds Spoetnik” Symposium (prachtige alliteratie) organiseren (zie hier).
Het enthousiaste UBA-team bestaat, voor wie het nog niet weet, uit Alice Doek, Pascal Braak en Olga Marx (welke laatste mij via Bert Zeeman het boekje “Laika tussen de sterren” -met mijn avatar als voorpagina- heeft doen toekomen).
Vragen die tijdens dit symposium aan de orde komen zijn:

Wat is er sindsdien gebeurd met de opgedane kennis ? Welke rol speelt de ‘webstof’ op het werk of in je privé-leven? Gebruik je bijvoorbeeld RSS-feeds om op de hoogte te blijven, staat je complete boekencollectie mèt omslag op LibraryThing, maak je furore met je blog? Hoe zullen de nieuwe toepassingen onze dienstverlening beïnvloeden?

Programma

14.00 Opening door Robin van Schijndel
14.10 Sinds SPOETNIK – vol.1: Bloggen na SPOETNIK, door Jacqueline (alias Laika)
14.25 Sinds SPOETNIK – vol.2: Vakgenoten over SPOETNIK, door Alice Doek
14.40 Discussie in groepjes
15.30 Koffie- en theepauze
15.45 Verslag vanuit de discussiegroepen
16.15 Sinds SPOETNIK – vol.3: Nieuwe toepassingen, door Pascal Braak
16.30 Afsluiting & borrel

Ik kijk met spanning uit naar de RL ontmoeting met mijn Спутник. Hoewel ik mede een borrel had georganiseerd na de Spoetnikcursus, heb ik het zelf toen moeten laten afweten. Erg jammer. Ik had toch heel graag mijn vaste Спутник ontmoet. Hopelijk lukt het nu.

Voor die Спутник die dit bericht lezen en naar het symposium komen: zijn er nog zaken waarvan jullie willen dat het in mijn presentatie “Bloggen na Spoetnik” aan de orde komt? Of laten jullie je liever verrassen?

Zie jullie allen real life op het symposium!!





Presentatie Geert van der Heijden op Slideshare

23 04 2008

De presentatie van Geert van der Heijden van vrijdag 18 april j.l. (BMI-ALV) is nu op Slideshare geplaatst (Lieuwe Kool slaat enkele web 2.0 stappen over ;).
Ik had er al in een eerder post melding van gemaakt, maar daar stond het zo temidden van de grote hoeveelheid tekst, dat het waarschijnlijk wat ondergesneeuwd raakte.
Verder had ik nog geen ervaring met embedden van een slide-serie, dus dat leek me meteen een aardig experimentje. Jammer dat Geert’s presentatie niet gepodcast is, want dan had ik meteen de SPOETNIK opdracht van deze week voltooid. Ik loop wat dat betreft nogal achter.

Fijn dat Geert deze presentatie ter beschikking heeft gesteld. Zo kan men even rustig Geerts’ verhaal in zijn eigen woorden (na) lezen in plaats van de afgeleiden hiervan op deze of gene blog.
Zo kan ik ook nog even lezen wat ik het eerste kwartier heb gemist.

Presentatie Geert staat online op slideshare: