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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Spoetnik Symposium

27 11 2008

Yesterday the Spoetnik Symposium was held (see my previous announcement here).

SPOETNIK was a 17 week course 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.

The organizing UBA-spoetnik team, organized the Spoetnik symposium to learn from each other what has been done with the knowledge obtained a half after the course had finished.

The program was as follows:

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

spoetnikThe symposium started a few minutes later because Jacqueline was a bit late: she had to take off Laika’s astronaut suit (well kind of, she torn her new pantyhose and had to find a new one (that didn’t fit), she dubbelchecked whether she took her USB-stick with her and she forgot her glasses). It could have been worse, because it was just a few hours in advance that Jacqueline found out that the meeting was not in THE Doelenzaal at the Kloverniersburgwal but in the (also beautiful and old) Doelenzaal (zaal = room) in the UBA (main library of the University of Amsterdam). Of course, everyone else just knew this. That underlined the feeling that the Academical Medical Center and most other departments of the UBA are both physically and mentally apart, although still connected.

The atmosphere was very relaxed. Before the speeches, there was a lot of rumor or as Alice said: it is like a reunion. And that ‘s how it felt! Finally I had the chance to meet my colleague bloggers in real life. I met Boekenvlindertje, Duijfje, Dyoke of Zygomorf (which I had always wrongly pronounced as Díe Joke, should be Dieuwke) and Turquoois, and I had long chat with Bert of “Een beetje adjunct” and finally with my blogmate George of Brughagedis, the one with whom I shared Google Docs, but never a drink, before. Both Bert and George have written a blogpost about this meeting (see here and here)

Although George doesn’t want to be in the picture, he was mentioned in the introductory speech of Robin as one person that ‘meant a lot for the course’. That is certainly true. You need some active contributors to inspire the rest. Besides George was the first to create an OPML-feed of all blogs (together with Pascal) which made it a lot easier to keep up with all Spoetnik blogs.

My talk was next. In 15 minutes I had to outline “Blogging after Spoetnik”. How did I continue when the course was finished? Here is my powerpoint presentation.

The theme I choose was “Blogging is navel gazing?!”. I notice that many people (including myself in the pre-web 2.0 phase) consider blogging as something egocentric, just an outlet for one’s feelings and frustrations, or hobbies and thoughts. What I hoped to show is that web 2.0 is not just a set of web 2.0 tools, but it is a whole philosophy. It is the philosophy of gaining momentum when sharing. But to do this you have to be patient, you must have a story to tell (content) and than you have to find readers, else you will remain ‘lonely’. I recommended twitter as a very good source to build up a community, if you use it the right way (find people to share things with). Although I have to say that it is a lot easier for me, as a health 2.0 blogger to find a large global community than someone specialized in Dutch linguistics.
Thus I feel committed to write an introduction on how to use Twitter effectively. Preferably in Dutch: at least 2 UBA colleagues spontaneously said they regret that I had changed to English.

Alice told us the origin of Spoetnik and gave an overview of the opinions of many other well known Dutch librarians about the course. The comment of Wowter was missing however, possibly because he expected Alice to use a web 2.0 way of finding it (Feeds and Twitter). (You can read his -Dutch- comment here). Many other libraries will follow the example of Spoetnik and 23 Dingen, although in a shorter version.

Pascal showed us that there were many new web 2.0 tools ( a few slides with last week’s additions), but according to Pascal none of them was really new, but all variations on a theme. He did whisper that he had a new twitter-firefox api for me, so I hope he will provide me with further details.

In between we discussed in groups what we had learned from the course, what we liked and didn’t like about different tools. Using Google Docs, we brainstormed about how we could implement web 2.0 tools in our library, UBA-wide. A very interesting part of the program, this exchange of thoughts. Robin gave a quick overview of the ideas, but shortly all input will be available at the Spoetnik-website together with the presentations.

The Spoetnik course has been a success, this meeting was a success and hopefully the implementation will also be a success. As Bert said: step by step. Rome wasn’t build in a day. Besides most UBA people are now involved in the implementation of a new program: Aleph. This has to be handled first.





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!!