Over the course of the last month or so, most of us in the library have been busily preparing to participate in two big library conferences that occurred one after the other this past week. This year, we were very fortunate to be presenting at both the Florida Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, and the Medical Library Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Austin, TX! This will be a two part recap of our adventures; first up is FLA 2015!
Inspiring Innovation at FLA 2015
Natasha and Shalu at FLA 2015
This year, the Florida Library Association’s annual conference was held at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL, from May 12 – 15. It has always been a great conference to attend to get fun new ideas for improving our public services (our Step 1 Survival Coffee Cart actually came about in part because of a session we attended at the 2013 conference!). Further, we can connect with the more traditional side of librarianship we don’t get to hear so much about in the medical librarianship world. We had two of our staff attend, our Public Services Librarian Shalu and myself (hi there, Natasha here!), as well as our colleague Kerry, who recently moved onto a new position out of state.
You’ve probably stopped by our library once or twice and noticed that we have very few books on our shelves compared to most libraries. The actual number is somewhere around 1,100, but out of those, 737 are allowed to be checked out; the rest are meant to exclusively serve the medical curriculum that is taught at the College.
Being a specialized library, we realize that most of the books available for you to checkout probably wouldn’t be considered light reading. Should you find yourself interested in reading up on medical procedures, terms, or techniques, we’d be happy to point you in the correct direction – just stop by the front desk and ask one of our staff to help you find what you’re looking for on our shelves! For all our other avid readers who don’t quite fancy brushing up on their medical knowledge, we’d like to introduce you to (or remind you about) our Interlibrary Loan service!
If our library is any indication, library services aren’t entirely what they used to be. We only have around 1,200 or so physical books, but did you know that the items that get borrowed from our library most frequently are actually technology related? Librarians are working really hard to expand the functions of libraries, and find new ways to attract patrons. One way to do this is by providing innovative new technologies in order to bring the library into the 21st century. We wrote a bit last year about two Florida Libraries expanding their range of services, the Melrose Center at the Downtown Orange County Library, along with the University of South Florida’s library, to include cool things like recording studios, camera equipment, and drones. It’s not just about providing books anymore!