Member’s View: NAHSL Highlights 2010

January 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Posted in NAHSL Annual Meeting 2010, Professional Development | Leave a comment

NAHSL sponsored my attendance at the annual conference in Newport this year with a Professional Development Fund grant, and I agreed to share highlights of the conference through the CAHSL list, so here goes.

There were four keynote speakers who all gave excellent presentations.  There was a lot of humor in David Rothman’s presentation and, as anyone who follows his blog knows, he does not hold back with his opinions.  It was fascinating to hear how he has made himself indispensable to his hospital’s IS department by using his people skills to help patrons with computer issues.

Having missed John Halamka’s presentation at MLA in Washington, D.C., I thoroughly enjoyed hearing him discuss the future of electronic health records and what role librarians can play.  He stressed librarians’ knowledge of hierarchical systems as a tool that would benefit the developers.  He used a personal example to highlight how empowering it is for a person to have access to his own medical records.  Librarians can certainly get involved in teaching the public about accessing their own records.

The conference offered a number of interesting breakout sessions.  I attended “What is Evidence-Based Practice in 2010?” with our own Janene Batten presenting.  It was instructive to hear from a physician, a nurse, and a librarian about their approach to evidence-based practice.

The conference was very well organized and there were too many offerings to get to them all, so it is a great benefit that all the PowerPoints are currently available on the NAHSL conference site.  If you were unable to attend I encourage you to check them out.

Submitted by: Nancy Goodwin, MLS, AHIP, Library Director, Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, CT

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