Reflections on NAHSL Conference 2010

December 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2010, Professional Development | 1 Comment

[The following was submitted by NAHSL member, Hongjie Wang.]

The NAHSL conference of 2010 is a great learning experience to me. I like the theme of the meeting on “Libraries in Balance: Preserving our Roots, Growing our Future.” I enjoyed the keynote speakers who offered many thought-provoking insights. But above all, I valued the excellent CE course of “Searching in Support of Systematic Reviews” which I could attend thanks to the support from a NAHSL Professional Development Award.

Library in balance is exactly what we need at this important juncture of information age. We need to keep a balance between our traditional missions and future growth. To a great extent, good use of new technology would be the key to strike such a balance. One of the break-out sessions I went to is “Get More, Pay Nothing: Open Source Software for Libraries.”  It was a session presented by Shane Sher, Technology Trainer of Providence Public Library. It was great to learn of so many resources readily available to us.

The keynote speakers are impressive. The one I enjoyed most is David Rothman, the information Services Specialist at the Community General Hospital Medical Library, Syracuse. I attended one his speeches a few years earlier, but I think this time he did an excellent job. The common sense approaches he offered on how to work with IT and management are practical and helpful. Librarians should cooperate with IT and encourage them to regard us as team players rather than rivals.

The highlight of the conference, however, is the great class I took at the beginning of the conference.  “Searching in Support of Systematic Reviews” taught by instructors Jan Glover of Yale and Karen Odato of Dartmouth is both educational and informative.  These two instructors are very knowledgeable about what they are teaching, and they present their materials in a very effective manner.  I find their well-prepared handouts very useful and would encourage other colleagues to attend it if it is offered again.

NAHSL conference 2010 is a great meeting, and I’m very grateful to be able to attend it. I’m looking forward to the next meeting right here in Connecticut. I cannot wait for it!

Hongjie Wang, Lyman Maynard Stowe Medical Library, University of Connecticut Health Center

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  1. Thanks, Hongjie. I am very glad you enjoyed the conference and learned a lot. Your blog is a compliment to the hard work the 2010 CPC put into planning. Thanks again. Happy Holidays.
    Susan Warthman, NAHSL 2010 Chair.


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