Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): Medical Librarians Take On Emerging Technology (Week of August 5, 2013)

MLA Systematic Review: Emerging Technologies
MLA Systematic Review: Emerging Technologies: http://bit.ly/MLASRetech OR https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHBacW9KdmlSWUpzbW1ieGVzTkFPZ3c6MQ

The Medical Library Association has initiated a large systematic review project to assess the level of evidence available to support the profession and practice of medical librarianship in several very important questions. This team, #6, has been assigned to explore this topic: The explosion of information, expanding of technology (especially mobile technology), and complexity of healthcare environment present medical librarians and medical libraries opportunities and challenges. To live up with the opportunities and challenges, what kinds of skill sets or information structure do medical librarians or medical libraries are required to have or acquire so as to be strong partners or contributors of continuing effectiveness to the changing environment?

MLASR6: Who we are: https://plus.google.com/communities/115832551443909297773

MLASR6: Emerging Technologies Mindmap: http://www.mindmeister.com/275111357/mla-emerging-technologies

As part of this process, the group (chaired by THL librarian Patricia Anderson) has a survey and is hosting Twitter chats and other events to try to discover what emerging technologies means both to other librarians and to the communities served by medical libraries. The first Twitter chat on this topic was last night, Thursday, August 8, 2013.

The main technologies highlighted in the conversation were 3D printing and bioprinting, augmented reality, data visualization and big data, Google Glass, medical devices, near field communication, quantified self, and wearable technology. The conversation also included issues such as the digital divide, accessibility, and global access, as well as significant insightful conversation about the economics of emerging tech, roles for librarians, and the importance of having a clear vision of the enterprise goals and purpose as a context for developing new areas of service.

What do you think medical librarians should know about emerging technologies? Fill in the survey and tell us! For more of the conversation, supporting links, and related information, see the Storify:

Medical Librarians Take On Emerging Technology: http://storify.com/pfanderson/medical-librarians-take-on-emerging-technology

First posted to the THL BLog: http://wp.me/p1v84h-1o4


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