The planned structure for the set of talks was (1) overview; (2) academic library POV; (3) hospital library POV. What actually happened was more like (1) conceptual model of a paradigm shift; (2) real world applications; (3) technological underpinnings, concerns and solutions. None of the panel participants had planned this, or coordinated the talks. It was a marvelous bit of synchronicity, how it all unfolded so beautifully.
I found it curious that while I was to represent the academic library, my library is actually very like a hospital library in many key characteristics, especially staffing. You see, I am in a teeny, tiny academic library, rich in collections and poor in staff. As happens in many hospital libraries and a number of corporate libraries, I am the only librarian on staff, which means I am basically on call 24/7. My real-world examples of applying the new technologies focused on using tools to streamline and simplify my *own* work. Mostly this was using blogs and del.icio.us to do away with coding (and RE-coding) so many web pages, to manage answers to reference questions and post guides for class assignments, and things similar to these. I am grateful for every little bit of help, and anything that makes the work I do take less time. There is always more work.
It was great to get a day out of the office, and to hang out with other librarians. I haven't really traveled much to conferences and such since I became a single parent roughly five years ago. Thus, I 'live' online, and don't often see librarians that work at other institutions. It was also great to learn new things from the other presenters, both of whom had some great ideas and information to offer. One of the real high points of the day came just as I was leaving, and discovered that Medical Library Maven was another one of the presenters! I had been looking at her blog:
but had not realized this was the same person on the program. Alexia gave a great presentation, and has impressive expertise. Bravo!