March 21 - 23, 2012
W30 – Planning for the Future: Leveraging Partnerships, Technology, Tools, & Content
Saturday, March 24, 2012
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Manager, Library & Resource Center, Cardiac Rhythm Management, St. Jude Medical CRMD and Special Libraries Association, Medical Library Association
Libraries have to keep moving forward into the technological future, continuing as a highly valued and integrated resource within their organizations. Among the many obstacles facing librarians is the economy. Purchasing and retaining high-value resources and services for their customers are a constant battle, especially at budget time. Many libraries are facing another dilemma — what to do with all that space as they transition from mainly print to more electronic. Speakers discuss the hidden value of existing catalogs and content, providing the knowledge to seek value-added services from vendors. This practical, half-day workshop provides interactive and hands-on exercises that build a finished plan as well as a list of references and resources saved on a Flash drive for each participant. The plan includes the participant’s ideas for partnering with their different vendors based on the needs of their organization, brainstorming ideas on space planning, utilizing their catalogs as gateways to their services, ideas for added value with their existing content, and more. Participants network with others in the class to share ideas, compare results from what others have already tried, and are encouraged to utilize existing technology and resources in their future plans. They leave the workshop with a strategy to approach the exhibit hall with a list of questions for each vendor, both current and prospective, in their areas of interest.
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