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July 8, 2011 at 9:43 am | Posted in Professional Development | Leave a comment
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[Submitted by NAHSL member, Donna Belcinski, Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT.]

This MLA conference in Minneapolis was my first, so I was very excited to see and do everything.

I attended the Valuing Your Library: Needs Assessment, Program Development, Program Evaluation CE on Saturday May 14th. Cindy Olney and Susan Barnes gave the course, and taught effective ways to demonstrate the financial benefits a library brings to its parent institution. I liked that they showed how to calculate real numbers, using three different methods:

  • Savings
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Return on Investment

This methods provide information that a CEO and CFO can understand, a bottom-line analysis that shows libraries are a good investment.  They also showed how to plan programs and activities that support the goals of the parent institution, demonstrating further the worth of maintaining a medical library as a vibrant part of a hospital or academic medical organization. It was an instructive and idea-filled afternoon. I came away with a lot of valuable information that I will use throughout my career as a medical librarian.

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