sheffield by xiaoyounan


									Navigating Different Orbits: Two New Professionals
Co-Pilot Their Talents and Relationships With a
Library Science School and a Major Health Sciences
Institution to Reach Stars of the Future and Beyond

      Cindy Sheffield MBA, MLS
      Susan Rohner MLS
      Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University
      MAC Raleigh, NC
      October 14, 2004
Charting The Course
   Our experiences at Syracuse University were
    positive and rewarding; we wanted an
    opportunity to “give back” to our alma mater.
   We were aware of the impending need for new
    professionals entering the field.
   We noticed limited course offerings in the health
    sciences at Syracuse.
   We wanted to encourage current students with an
    interest in health sciences librarianship.
                    MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
The Flight Path
   7-day intensive elective on-campus course
   Theory and practice blended with
    perspectives from the field
   Offered a wide variety of teaching methods

                  MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
The Flight Path
Course topics included:
    History and trends of health sciences
     librarianship (HSL)
    Resources and services
    Health sciences databases
    Collection development
    Budgeting and administration

                   MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
Successful Journey
   Assignments included a student-led journal
    club and creating a library collection
   Tours and invited panel of local HSL
   Student groups selected a health sciences
    topic and presented their findings to the

                  MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
Former Student Survey
   Informal surveys were conducted immediately
    after the course and one year later.
   Excerpts (immediately afterward):
    “One of the most useful courses I have taken in
    my road to librarianship…thank you for the
    insight that you provided in the course...SU alum
    very knowledgeable and provided valid,
    applicable experience.”

                    MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
Former Student Survey
   Excerpts (one year later):
    “The final project of creating a health
    sciences library from scratch was an
    amazing project. It stands out from my
    whole education at Syracuse University as
    one of the best…very difficult to
    accomplish but rewarding.”

                  MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
Current Syracuse MLS Student
Survey Results
   15 students responded
   3 indicated interest in health sciences
    librarianship electives
   Showed a variety of different backgrounds
    and reasons for entering librarianship

                  MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
What Was Your “Previous Life?”
5   K-12 education
3   Libraries
1   Marketing
1   Social work
2   Technical writing
3   Writing/editing

                 MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
What Are Your Career Goals?
2   Academic
4   K-12 School Media
1   Law
3   Medical
1   Museum
1   Public
3   Undecided
              MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
Cosmic Considerations
   Can we effectively gauge the number of
    students interested in health sciences?
   What are the strengths of MLS programs
    with a health sciences curriculum?
   What are emerging models at other
   What are future consequences for the
    profession if courses remain limited?

                  MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
Future Discovery
              Continue to offer the course
               during Summer Institute every
               other year
              Explore the possibility of
               providing the course in other
              Evaluate other university course
               offerings and programs

              MAC 2004 Raleigh, NC
            Thank You!

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